One Tool for Peace in Uncertain Times

These are challenging days for all of us.  The pace and degree of change to our personal life can be overwhelming.  Circumstances in our home, of those we care about, and in the world consume our focus.  Yet, we have God—or rather, God has us. He holds us and this whole world in his hand.…

When We Don’t Know What To Do

  I don’t know what to do! We say it or someone says it to us.  The punctuation marks the depth of our exasperation, fear, stress, discouragement, or confusion. Should I break up with him? Is it time to look for a new job? Am I supposed to confront her? You and I are not…

Take Time to Give Words That Matter

A friend sent this card to me several months ago.  She's a mom with 3 little children, but she took time to share some kind words. (not to mention find a stamp and then actually get the card to the post office). Why do I still have it?  Her words spoke encouragement. "Therefore encourage one another…

Dealing With Regret

Recently, a friend shared how burdened she is with regret in a particular relationship. She worried that a friend would forever be wounded by how she treated her and doubted whether she could ever forgive herself.  Have you ever felt like that?  I think most of us have. Today I thought I'd share an adaptation…

The Power of Being Thankful to God

Not too long ago, I felt stuck. Sometimes it's an emotional stuck—I don't feel like I'm growing forward or I can't seem to move forward regarding my view about a relationship, a change, a circumstance, or a decision. Other times it's mental or physical—I can't seem to decide what step to take or to take the…

Beautiful You

When I go to a wedding, my favorite moment is when the groom sees his bride before she walks up the aisle to him. Sometimes his eyes brim with tears, or he works to manage emotions bursting inside him, or he takes a deep breath that seems to convey his overwhelm by this gift that…

Where Has God Brought You, Today?

I stood among 700 women I'd never met, smiling on the outside and second-guessing on the inside whether I should be here. Then the ballroom lights dimmed, the worship band began, and as if on cue after the first verse, tears streamed down my face. I wasn't sad but overcome with gratitude to God. I…