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A Prayer that Will Change Your Perspective

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ And now here we are, standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a well-built city; its seamless walls cannot be breached. All the tribes of Israel—the Lord’s people— make their pilgrimage here. They come to give thanks […]

Video Post: How Can I Find My Identity without Comparing Myself to Others?

I’ve got another video post for you this week. Thanks to the reader who contacted me with the question behind this one. And here’s a link to the article I mention in the video: The Problem with Self-Esteem. Enjoy!

Guest Post: How Forgiveness Healed Me

Please enjoy this post from my friend Saleama Ruvalcaba (you can learn a little more about her and her book at the end of this post). Saleama is a writer, student, and home educator who loves to share her own story of transformation so others can find the freedom she has found.   It was […]

Every One of Your Failures Is an Opportunity for Grace

I’ve always had trouble with school rules. This isn’t because I’m some kind of “rules are made to be broken” sort of person, although sometimes, like most kids, I did intentionally flout one rule or another. The more common problem was that I had a knack for accidentally discovering rules no one had bothered to […]

How Will You Be Smaller This Christmas?

Burning with envy, I stared at that long dark hair as it fell over the plastic baby in the manger. It isn’t fair, I thought. I would make a great Mary. But there I was, once again clad in a white gown and sporting a battered pair of wings and a rickety halo made of […]

5 Reasons to Be Thankful All Year

If you’re like me, you’re finding it hard to believe November is here. (And again, if you’re like me, you’re probably also grateful that we’ll soon be putting this difficult year behind us.) But ready or not, here we are. Most of the leaves have fallen from my backyard maple, the sun goes down before dinner, and […]

A Good Time for Selah

Last Thursday, two days after Election Day, I made a visit to my doctor’s office. In the elevator I said hi to a woman who had joined me for the ride. She was pushing a stroller, and inside was a sleeping newborn baby dressed in pink. I asked about the baby’s name, and she told […]

Let’s Choose Love in Fearful Times

Remember the color-coded terror threat alert system implemented by the Department of Homeland Security after September 11? Each color represented a different threat level; the greater the threat, the more vigilant citizens should be. That scale was replaced in 2011 with the National Terrorism Advisory System, which offered more specific designations and steps communities, agencies, […]

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 […]

You Have Permission to Rest

As I’ve mentioned before, in 2010 I had the amazing privilege of touring Israel with a group of Christian journalists. It was an intense trip–both exhausting in its demands (we saw as much as we possibly could cram into the time we were there) and nearly overwhelming in its tutelage–and I had to come back […]

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