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Strategies for Living with Resilience

June 19, 2014 8:00 AM

Amy tucks her kids into bed and one of them suddenly declares, "Mom, I forgot my science project is due tomorrow!" Sarah steps into a meeting at work and the first words spoken are, "We're having layoffs." Christy stares...

Chasing God

December 20, 2012 8:27 AM

When I was 18 years old, I felt paralyzed in my relationship with God. I knew God was real, but my fancy prayers and daily devotionals were not cutting it. I was doing everything right, but it felt all wrong....

Five People Who Need Your Prayer

November 21, 2012 2:38 PM

“My daughter’s in a rough place; can you pray for her?” says one Facebook message this week. The man with sad eyes at church stops me Sunday with a hand on my elbow. “Our marriage is in trouble. Will you...

Who Do You Think You Are?

August 31, 2012 10:22 AM

Some of my earliest memories find me sitting barefoot and cross-legged under a large tree in our neighbor’s backyard. My girlfriends and I were making purses out of large leaves, weaving the stiff stems through the fleshy edges. I enjoyed...

Spiritual Welcome

July 30, 2012 1:22 PM

Not long ago I suffered a tremendous loss. The circumstances were complicated and relationships were broken. In the midst of all the pain, I noticed my heart felt like it was stuck full of pins and needles. It was...

Godly Decision Making

July 24, 2012 8:38 AM

At some point we are faced with a decision that requires us to make a choice in which we are aware of our desire to discern the will of God in the matter. Now we discover that discernment is...

Discernment as a Way of Life

June 28, 2012 1:53 PM

Discernment is much more than mere decision making; it is, first of all, a habit, a way of seeing that can permeate our whole life. As it makes clear in John 9, it is the movement from seeing things...

Noticing

June 25, 2012 2:12 PM

Do you ever wonder why some things seem invisible? Why don’t you see the salsa in the refrigerator door? How can you walk right by someone you know and not see them until they say your name? You see...

How Joy Helps Us Discern God’s Will

April 23, 2012 4:45 PM

Have you ever wondered how you could know God’s will or recognize God’s voice? Does God give you a brain and expect you to figure things out for yourself? Or does God have a blueprint—a Plan A—for your life that...

Is It God’s Will?

February 23, 2012 12:23 PM

As a leader—of myself, of my children, of a ministry—I find no greater source of angst than making difficult decisions. I wonder and pray and talk with others about whether or not plan A or plan B or starting...

Why I’m Giving Up Prayer for Lent

March 15, 2011 3:27 PM

I've been thinking a lot about Lent this year and wondering how best to walk through the next seven weeks. I know people who are giving up Twitter, chocolate, and a long list of self-indulgent or addictive activities and foods....

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