All posts in Spiritual Formation

Faith Means Being Thankful for What You Can’t See

This Thanksgiving, in keeping with family tradition, to grandmother’s house we’ll go. We’ll go over the river and over the woods and over some more rivers and likely through some traffic once we land in Denver. We’ll have plenty of horsepower but no actual horses involved. While we’re there, as many people do, at some […]

Guest Post: When Creative Work Is a Struggle

I hope you’ll find encouragement in this guest post by Bethany Smith. Bethany is a writer, an educator, and a creative person. If you’re facing a creative challenge, I hope you’ll be inspired by her hard-won advice.   Work, especially creative work, does not always come easily. We may have day jobs, families, mental or […]

How Worry Hurts Us—And Faith Can Heal

Our society is frantic with worry. You’ve probably noticed. Worry is expected of responsible people. We equate worry with good citizenship and awareness. We actually pressure each other to keep worrying. We are expected to remain on emotional “high alert” as evidence that we care about the world around us. Other people want us to […]

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 […]

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