All posts in Hope

Your Expectations Can Hurt or Heal You

For years, as Denmark has consistently ranked among the happiest countries in the world, people have been speculating on the reasons behind this relatively high level of self-reported happiness. After all, this Scandinavian country doesn’t fit the image most people would form when asked to dream of the place where they might be happiest. Explanations […]

No More Shame on Mother’s Day

When I was 15 years old, a simple trip to the dentist turned into a traumatic and public family crisis. I didn’t know my mom had schizophrenia. I just knew something had stolen the best of her a year before, and she hadn’t been the same since. When she picked me up at school, I […]

Go to Sleep…God Is Awake

These are stressful days in the Simpson household. With two high schoolers and a school counselor in our family, this time of year is always busy with end-of-year school demands. This year our oldest is a graduating senior, which means this month and next are even busier than usual. She’s looking ahead to college plans, […]

Mariah Carey Beat Stigma. You Can Too.

This week, singing star Mariah Carey made an announcement that was a long time in the making: back in 2001, she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. She has recently made the decision to treat it and to share her story. Carey is not the first celebrity to acknowledge a struggle with mental illness, but […]

Does It Even Matter What You Want? Absolutely.

If you think embracing unsatisfaction means spending your days mired in unappeased longing, think again. There’s no reason we should be aimless, and there’s no reason we can’t pursue fulfillment. Fulfillment is different from the kind of satisfaction our souls long for. Fulfillment means finding a match between our needs and desires and what will […]

We Have a Lot More to Live for Than Our Own Satisfaction

I’ve never been a Baptist, but I do love a good baptism. Christenings are heartwarming and unifying, but there’s something I relish about hearing people who have made their own choice describe their journey and their commitment to Christ, then watching them willingly “take the plunge” before witnesses. In fact, I’ll admit I need to […]

Unsatisfied Living Leads Us to True Hope

World War I was a monumentally devastating conflict that permanently altered the world’s landscape and international relationships. New technology made soldiers more efficient killers than previous generations could have imagined, and somewhere around 10 million men were killed and injured in trenches in Europe and on battlefields throughout much of the globe. Ultimately, thirty-two countries […]

Blessed Are the Cursed?

An important element to living with sustainable faith, to being expectantly unsatisfied, is understanding that what we experience is life under curse. Praise God that curse is temporary, and we are right to rejoice in this. But while it lasts, we are also right to grieve it. Living with the consequences of sin is supposed […]

Your Disaster Zone Is God’s Construction Zone

Last year my family visited the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. It’s a solemn work of art, bringing life and a bit of peace to a place of death and destruction. As my family and I paused there, I found myself grateful that the project’s architects had not covered over the places […]

Stressed-Out Young People Need to Hear Your Stories

A few years ago, a study revealed the youngest generations of adults in America are also the most stressed. In one sense, this is no big surprise, given the economic and social factors influencing quality of life and near-future prospects for Millennials—adults ages 13 to 35—and for Gen Xers, whose scores are virtually tied with […]

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