Category Archives: Christian Living

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.

When We Need the Comfort of Others

Suffering in another human being is a call to the rest of us to stand in community. It is not a question which demands an answer; it is a mystery which demands a presence.

The Blessing of Failure

My extraordinary failure stripped away everything I had been clinging to. And in the destruction of those accomplishments that had previously defined me, God did a radical work.

An Unlikely Word for 2016

My word for 2016 is challenging all of my thoughts and actions. Rather than something I think about occasionally, it must change my very fiber to become a reality in my life.