Several years ago, when our children were small, I suffered a back injury that meant unexpected surgery and a long, miserable recovery period. Like many people experiencing a family crisis of one kind or another, we had trouble keeping up with the basic demands of life. I was working for a Christian publisher at the […]
I hope you’ll find encouragement in this guest post by Bethany Smith. Bethany is a writer, an educator, and a creative person. If you’re facing a creative challenge, I hope you’ll be inspired by her hard-won advice. Work, especially creative work, does not always come easily. We may have day jobs, families, mental or […]
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 […]
I recently revisited an old post on this blog, and I was struck by how relevant still is and how helpful it might be to post it again (you can read the original here, if you’d like). Surrounded as we are by sales pitches, hysterical rhetoric, and outright propaganda, it’s far too easy for us […]
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 […]
In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, I share some thoughts here on the often-assumed connection between mental illness and violence. What can you do this week to help decrease stigma and fear?
Last year, on one of my speaking trips, I stayed in a hotel room that gave me the impression I had stepped back in time. I don’t mean this in a good way, like when you stay at a bed and breakfast in a lovely old house from the Victorian era, with lace curtains and […]
If you haven’t read the first part of this article, you can find it here: https://wp.me/p2k48X-1OY Temperament appears to be heavily influenced by neurochemistry—the collection of brain chemicals and the path of blood flow through the brain. Emerging brain science tells us introversion and extroversion show in our neural pathways. One study found that introverts […]
Like many young adults in the church, in my twenties I got involved in youth ministry. It seemed a logical place to use my gifts: I cared about teenagers and was young enough that things hadn’t changed all that much since I was in their shoes. I grew up in the church, and youth workers […]
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 […]
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