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10 Ways Your Unsatisfied Life Is a Blessing

My new book, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied, makes a counter-intuitive, counter-cultural claim: when we embrace our lack of satisfaction in this life, rather than try to deny or overcome it, God blesses us. And he blesses us not just in spite of the lack of fulfillment in our lives, but also in and through our […]

Don’t Just Redecorate Your Life–Redesign It!

Last year, on one of my speaking trips, I stayed in a hotel room that gave me the impression I had stepped back in time. I don’t mean this in a good way, like when you stay at a bed and breakfast in a lovely old house from the Victorian era, with lace curtains and […]

Your Long-Distance Relationship Is Not Enough

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 […]

How an Unsatisfying Life Leads to Spiritual Freedom

So if you’ve been paying attention to my writing this year, you know that I’ve been writing a lot about the topic of my newest book, Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World. I’ve been talking about various reasons that embracing our unsatisfied condition is the best way to live. But […]

How Can I Be Content When I’m Unsatisfied?

On the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality inventory, my type is INFJ. Among other things, this means I struggle with idealistic perfectionism. Here’s a quote from 16 Personalities, describing INFJs like me: “INFJs are all but defined by their pursuit of ideals. While this is a wonderful quality in many ways, an ideal situation is not […]

Unsatisfied? Don’t Confuse the Symptom with its Source

I don’t think any of us enjoys being sick. I certainly don’t. But not all forms of sick are created equal. Some are far easier to put up with than others. If I had to rank, by misery level, the symptoms that come along with the everyday bugs that tend to infect relatively healthy humans, […]

Your Expectations Can Hurt or Heal You

For years, as Denmark has consistently ranked among the happiest countries in the world, people have been speculating on the reasons behind this relatively high level of self-reported happiness. After all, this Scandinavian country doesn’t fit the image most people would form when asked to dream of the place where they might be happiest. Explanations […]

Go to Sleep…God Is Awake

These are stressful days in the Simpson household. With two high schoolers and a school counselor in our family, this time of year is always busy with end-of-year school demands. This year our oldest is a graduating senior, which means this month and next are even busier than usual. She’s looking ahead to college plans, […]

Your Current Living Arrangement Is Not Meant to Be Permanent

Have you given any thought to the absurdity of camping? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan–I love to camp with family and friends. But when I think about it, I realize it’s actually pretty weird. And as a recreational activity, intentionally done and considered fun, it makes sense only within the last 100 […]

Does It Even Matter What You Want? Absolutely.

If you think embracing unsatisfaction means spending your days mired in unappeased longing, think again. There’s no reason we should be aimless, and there’s no reason we can’t pursue fulfillment. Fulfillment is different from the kind of satisfaction our souls long for. Fulfillment means finding a match between our needs and desires and what will […]

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