Category Archives: Christian Living

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.

The Lens of Thanksgiving

The first thanksgiving was an act of faith. The Pilgrims’ thanks was not based on pleasant circumstances but rather believing that God should be thanked in prosperity and adversity.

What are you trusting in?

What are your idols? What do you turn to besides God to fulfill you? I turn to approval. And the more I want people’s approval, the less concerned I am with God’s approval…

When Your Prayer Requests Feel Too Personal

We all have griefs that don’t wear black. Struggles that will not end up on the prayer chain. But we can share these griefs with a trusted few who can pray with us and point us to God.

When Everyone is Irritating You…

I was mentally jotting down people who had been irritating me. It was everyone I knew. But then I picked up the Bible and was convicted of my own actions and attitudes…