Doing Work That Has Eternal Value

In Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias,” the lines describe a traveler who finds the ruin of a statue of a ruler. Stamped on the pedestal are these words: “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair!” The words are ironic because the statue, depicting a ruler influential […]

When Jesus Asks You to Go Into A Storm

When Jesus Asks You to Go Into a Storm

A few weeks ago, I listened to a sermon that dug into the marrow of my being. The sermon was about the storms of life that come up suddenly — like sudden squalls on a calm lake. The sermon made an impression on me not only because it was a compelling talk and gave a slightly […]

The Secret to Being Content in any Cirumstance

The Secret to Being Content in any Circumstance

“Mom, our playground is so small. It’s like a baby playground,” my daughter announced as I eased the minivan into the carpool line that snaked in front of her school. We had recently moved into a new community, and after only a month in her new first grade class, my daughter had been giving me […]

WHat It Means to Walk By Faith, not Sight

What It Means to Walk by Faith, Not Sight

Thomas is one of those characters in the Bible I never really connected with. His story I knew was one placed in the Bible to show me why I shouldn’t doubt, but I never saw myself as Thomas-like. Therefore, I didn’t know how much like Thomas I was until recently when I recalled his words to Jesus […]

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A Christian Perspective: When to Confront in a Relationship

Do you like confronting others? I certainly don’t. As a recovering people-pleaser and person who has worked hard to overcome an addiction to others’ approval, I have struggled to confront people or initiate hard conversations with the people in my life. My tactics most of the time have included avoiding the situation or the difficult […]


Avoiding a Place of Spiritual Stagnancy by Allowing God to Work on Us (Blessings of Brokenness Book Study)

In HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” married couple Chip and Joanna Gaines take run-down houses and fix them up into beautiful, livable spaces. In each episode, the Gaines show a client three different properties (generally houses in need of repair) and then remodel the house to the client’s specifications within a specific budget. The condition of the […]

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Self-Worth: The Question Every Woman Asks

The teenage girl stands in front of the vending machine, a frown on her face. She scans the snack selections uncertainly. Several minutes tick by. She is unaware that anyone is behind her. I am a few feet back and notice her thin shoulders. She has lost a bit of weight in the last year. […]

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How I Gave up My Need to Perform for Approval

For most of my life, I have been a people pleaser. Many times I have focused my day on winning the approval of others. I wanted to hear another person thank me for something I did or respond with praise over my effort. This desire for people to notice me began as a teenager. Both […]