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There’s Freedom in Facing the Truth about Your Unsatisfying Life

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 […]

Your Disappointment Doesn’t Scare God

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 […]

This Christmas, Remember Jesus Is Not a Baby

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 […]

Video Post: When Waiting Is Joy

  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.    

Moving from What If…to What Is

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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