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Someone You Should Know – Joe Padilla of Mental Health Grace Alliance (Part 2)

Every now and then, I like to write about people or organizations I think you should know. In this post, I present part 2 of my conversation with Joe Padilla, co-founder, president, and CEO of Mental Health Grace Alliance. I often mention this organization when I speak, or when people ask me about Christian resources […]

Someone You Should Know: Joe Padilla of Mental Health Grace Alliance (Part 1)

Every now and then, I like to write about people or organizations I think you should know. In this post, I’m featuring an organization I often mention when I speak, or when people ask me about Christian resources to help individuals and families affected by mental illness: Mental Health Grace Alliance. I talked with Joe […]

Your Pain Comes with Possibilities

It seemed like a good idea at the time. They would borrow the camping gear collecting dust in the garage, and they would head to the mountains to enjoy a night under the stars. Two college buddies enjoying the great outdoors. Trevor, the young man who would later become my husband, grew up in Colorado. […]

Stressed-Out Young People Need to Hear Your Stories

A few years ago, a study revealed the youngest generations of adults in America are also the most stressed. In one sense, this is no big surprise, given the economic and social factors influencing quality of life and near-future prospects for Millennials—adults ages 13 to 35—and for Gen Xers, whose scores are virtually tied with […]

Still Life: A Book Review

I read this book a while back, while it was in the publication process, because I agreed to consider endorsing it. After reading it, I did write an endorsement for it, and since then I’ve been waiting for it to be released so I could recommend it to others. I’m excited to say it’s here […]

A Lesson in Loving People, from a Very Nice Dining Room

We stood there together, admiring the lovely table and chairs. They were high-quality pieces of furniture, solid wood and polished to a high shine. They were nothing like the cheap castoff furnishings, salvaged from curbs and left behind by previous tenants, that filled our home. “They’re antiques, family heirlooms,” our hosts told us. Both husband […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 2

…This post is continued from last week. Click to read Part 1. Emerging into Light Eventually I met and married a good man who has a gift for granting safety to others. I trusted him enough to make him part of my family and to start a family with him despite my greatest fear: that […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 1

My family never had much, and excess was not in my parents’ lexicon. Dad was a pastor, serving small rural congregations, and Mom stayed at home. We were poor, but we didn’t feel it much, surrounded by farmers who lived simply and at the whim of the rains we asked for at the Wednesday night […]

Guest Post: What Bible Characters Got Wrong So You Don’t Have To

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Janelle Alberts (you can read more about her and her work at the end of this post). She’s got great things to say, and she says them in a way that both disarms and convicts me on a regular basis. She has a particular talent for helping […]

Lessons from a Floating Motel

In my memory, I call it the floating Motel 6. Now, I realize that might be a bit unfair to this plucky budget chain. After all, in a pinch a cheap motel is far better than sleeping without a roof (unless you planned to sleep under the stars, in which case it’s way better than […]

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