All posts in Hope

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 […]

The Good News about New Brain Disorders

So do you ever wonder if our fast-paced, hyper-connected, screen-loving, image-flooded society is taking a toll on us? It sure is, and not just in the most obvious ways like increasing stress, sleeplessness, and injuries like “gamer’s thumb.” The digital age is requiring our brains to make new and rapid adaptations, and some of these […]

Guest Post: Finding Home

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Helen Cottee, a fellow coach and leader whose post I suspect will resonate with many of you. You can read about her work at the end of this post. In the meantime, enjoy this piece of her story and the encouragement she has for you.   February […]

Still Life: A Book Review

I read this book a while back, while it was in the publication process, because I agreed to consider endorsing it. After reading it, I did write an endorsement for it, and since then I’ve been waiting for it to be released so I could recommend it to others. I’m excited to say it’s here […]

Q & A: How Do You Have Hope and Perspective When a Loved One Has Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 2

…This post is continued from last week. Click to read Part 1. Emerging into Light Eventually I met and married a good man who has a gift for granting safety to others. I trusted him enough to make him part of my family and to start a family with him despite my greatest fear: that […]

Mental Illness, Redemption, and a God I Can Trust–Part 1

My family never had much, and excess was not in my parents’ lexicon. Dad was a pastor, serving small rural congregations, and Mom stayed at home. We were poor, but we didn’t feel it much, surrounded by farmers who lived simply and at the whim of the rains we asked for at the Wednesday night […]

Hayden Panettiere’s Treatment Shows Cultural Progress–How About the Church?

The headline is far less surprising than our cultural reaction: Hayden Panettiere, TV star and fairly new mom, entered treatment last week for postpartum depression. And no one seems to find it funny. This is great news. Granted, admitting to postpartum depression is different from publicly displaying symptoms of untreated mental illness, which presents more […]

What Do Jimmy Carter, Kathie Lee Gifford, and the Apostle Paul Have in Common?

Actually, no. This is not a trick question. Last week, amid the polarizing play of arguments, the usual drama of politics, the weekly dose of outrage, the never-ending churn of scandal, and the new products touted as the latest easy answer we’ve all been looking for, two headlines stood out. Both featured people bearing witness […]

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