Looking for gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Need something special for someone who doesn’t really need any more stuff? Look no further! You already have the capability to offer what people most want from you. These are the kinds of gifts anyone can give–but many of us rarely receive. They can’t be wrapped, […]
Several years ago, when our children were small, I suffered a back injury that meant unexpected surgery and a long, miserable recovery period. Like many people experiencing a family crisis of one kind or another, we had trouble keeping up with the basic demands of life. I was working for a Christian publisher at the […]
When my husband and I were dating, we spent some time living 1000 miles apart. I was in college in Illinois, and he was attending seminary in Colorado. During those months, we sometimes felt desperate to be close to one another. No matter how many much time we spent on the phone, there was no […]
Please enjoy this guest post by my friend Brandon Appelhans. Brandon leads My Quiet Cave, an organization he cofounded to help fill the gap between the church and the world of mental health (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about him and his work). Brandon lives with his own […]
It turns out we hyper-connected people are very lonely. And the youngest adults–arguably the most connected through social media–are the loneliest among us. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it actually makes sense. Check out the video to hear a few thoughts on this–and on one thing we can do about it.
When I was about 8 years old, I went to summer camp for the first time. I wanted to bring a friend, so I invited a girl from school, and she came with me. I thought it would be great to have a buddy around, and I just knew we would have a great time […]
When I was in high school, my family lived a few blocks from a college campus. This was tremendously convenient for my older brother and sister, who attended the school. It also came in handy for the rest of us if we wanted to visit one of them on campus, shop in the campus bookstore, […]
Loneliness: It’s an even greater public health hazard than obesity. As perspective, obesity reportedly affects one in three Americans and is a leading cause of preventable death in this country. Loneliness’ impact is only expected to keep growing. So went the sobering conclusion of research presented in August 2017 at the 125th Annual Convention of […]
If you know anything about me and my most common writing topics, you know my family of origin has seen our share of rough times. Severe mental illness, along with its attendant hardships, is capable of disrupting every aspect of family life, including connections between family members. I’m familiar with those disruptions, and I’m thankful […]
In my work as a writer and editor, I don’t always think about the people I’m serving; I sometimes get lost in the details—deadlines, choosing my words carefully, and matters of grammar and punctuation. But when I lift my thoughts and consider the people who read what I produce, I enjoy thinking about the impact […]
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