Category Archives: Christian Living

Facing Failure

What do you do with your failure? Do you deny it, rationalize it, hide it or let it bury you? Or do you dare to believe that God can use it …

How to Pray When Life Falls Apart

In the midst of broken dreams and riveting pain, how should we pray? Do we pray earnestly for healing and deliverance or should we just relinquish our desires to God?

What Good Is God?

Are you tired of waiting? Have you wondered what the point of faith is anyway? What good is God if your prayers aren’t being answered the way that you want?

The Relentless Ache of Unfulfilled Longings

What do I do with my unfulfilled longings? Forget them? Deny them? What will that make them go away? Am I wasting my life waiting for what I’ll never have?

When God Feels Distant

What do you do when the Lord feels distant? Do you slowly drift away, while hoping somehow that the situation changes? Or do you actively start seeking God?

Do the Next Thing

Those four words that have guided me through the darkest days. They have given me clarity and strength when I needed it and direction when I felt overwhelmed.

Whose Kingdom is this Anyway?

I have always been far too preoccupied with my own glory. I don’t like saying that because it sounds terrible. And embarrassing. And deeply sinful.

My Word for 2017

I knew available was my word for 2017 because I immediately chafed when I wrote it down. But what’s so wrong with wanting to stick to my schedule?

God Uses All Things

God can use both my sorrows and my joys to draw me closer to him. But am I willing to trust God with the things in my life that look marred and broken?

The Power of Giving Thanks

It’s easy to give thanks when things are going well. But to thank God for his provision when life feels like it’s crumbling can be life-changing …

How to Discourage a Suffering Friend

I’ve discouraged suffering friends by minimizing their pain, comparing them to others, and delivering stirring mini-sermons on what they should do.

Trusting God with the Unfinished

God is asking me to be content with the unfinished and the imperfect, to celebrate the small victories, and to trust that He is working in them all.

Learning the Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Jesus doesn’t just offer rest. He shows us how to do it. As we walk with Him and watch what He did, we will discover the secret of true rest.

The Agony of Waiting

If I knew God would eventually answer my prayer with “yes,” waiting would be easier. But when the wait seems endless and I’m not sure if there’s any point to it anyway, it feels excruciating.

Can Anyone Really Prepare for Suffering?

Can we prepare for the unthinkable? Can we do anything now so we won’t be crushed by suffering later? We can’t anticipate trials we might face, but we can ensure disaster won’t destroy us.