Every year in the United States, about 20 percent of adults live with a diagnosable mental illness. That’s about equal to the total percentage of people diagnosed with cancer, those living with heart disease, people infected with HIV and AIDS, and those afflicted with diabetes—combined! Although many church leaders aren’t aware how pervasive mental illness […]
When I was training for my work as a professional coach, one of the things I learned was that when you’re avoiding something that scares you or you feel you can’t endure, that very fear will run your life. And it’s true! Ironically, if the idea of something in your life–or a possibility you don’t […]
At some point, as it has for many of us, life probably has confronted you with the devastating truth that it was not going to live up to your visions and dreams. You had plans for the way your daily life would look, expectations of what your church life would be, and assumptions about the […]
Is it over yet? Have you lost all that turn-of-the-year resolve and broken your new year’s resolutions? Or are you still holding strong? Or maybe you’re like me–the type who doesn’t bother. If you’re not ready to make a change come January 1, you know you’re likely to let yourself down before long. Besides, any […]
Enjoy this guest post by my friend FaithMcDonald. Faith is a teacher, a writer, and a parent of a son with mental illness. I hope you’ll be encouraged by her experience. “How was your holiday?” a friend recently asked. “I experienced a holiday miracle,” I confided. I shared my experience, and she agreed. Holiday miracle. […]
When I was growing up, we lived far away from one set of grandparents, who had retired from Washington, DC, to Florida. They enjoyed traveling, and they visited us a handful of times. But despite the fact that they were our grandparents, we didn’t know them well. And every time we saw them, they expressed […]
Waiting is hard, right? But when we’re waiting for someone we love, we wait with joy. Watch the video for a few thoughts on waiting during this season of Advent.
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, […]
I’d like to introduce you to my friend Charity Muhammad. As you may know, I started a new job a few months ago, as an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers, and Charity is one of my co-workers. As I’ve gotten to know her and a bit of her story, I’ve become eager to tell you […]
When I reach the end of my life, assuming I see it coming, I think I will wish I still had all the time I wasted in worrying about the future. If I could collect all the hours I’ve spent in trying to see tomorrow, or shadowboxing “what if” scenarios, I wonder what they would […]
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