I’m tired of being aware. I’m really not trying to sound insensitive, but I’m a little worn out.
A month or so ago, Instagram was filled with photos from Disney movies—to spread awareness of childhood cancer. I ranted a bit about it to my daughter. I already know there’s childhood cancer, and Disney photos do nothing to actually help those children suffering from it! (She thought I was being ridiculous.)
This week, hearts showed up all over Facebook to spread... Read More
One of the most terse and brilliant summaries of the meaning of leadership I’ve ever seen is found in 1 Chronicles 12:32, which describes the incredibly valuable contribution made to King David’s army by the officer corps from the tribe of Issachar, “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” I’ve never heard it said better: understanding what is really going on and knowing the right things to do next is what I dream of in the people... Read More
You’re bombarded with the images every day. Couples post photos of their googly-eyed loving adventures. Singles share pictures of how they spend time that isn’t consumed by children. Magazine covers shout at us why our current status shouldn’t be status quo: “5 Ways to Make Your Marriage Better,” “Take this test to see if you need to end the relationship you’re in,” “7 Ways to Find Love.” No matter what, it seems we are supposed to feel that our relationship... Read More
As big as the ordeal of the campaign season turned out to be, now comes the really hard part—governing. Honestly, I can’t remember an election season like it—it started out with so much promise and talent in the primaries and got so ugly and weird. The only part I liked was praying. Somehow God has to help us make lemonade from all the sour lemon juice.
Nobody knows for sure what the next four years will be like. Mr. Trump... Read More
“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24,25). St. Peter found Isaiah’s words appropriate to his century, incorporating them into the first chapter of his first letter. Twenty centuries later, they still ring true.
Here is my annual list of people whose work and lives have made our culture richer and more interesting, people... Read More
Apparently nothing quite says “Happy New Year!” like the words: “I want a divorce.”
According to lawyers, though, that’s exactly what happens—and law firms brace themselves for the first working Monday after the holidays. The number of people who contact them about divorce doubles (or sometimes triples) during this time.
While the good news is that the divorce rate is dropping from its peak in the 1970s and 80s, the bad news is that divorce still hurts. Deeply. If you’re one... Read More
Being pregnant makes me uncomfortable.
And I don’t just mean that in the physical sense because there is a human being growing off the front of my body.
It makes me a little uncomfortable because I know how many women wish they were in my shoes.
Granted, my journey to pregnancy was difficult and many years long, but my heart still hurts when someone tells me, “I’d love to be pregnant right now.”
I’ve been there.
I was out... Read More
It could be my favorite movie of all time. In Monty Python’s Holy Grail, medieval “ambulance” drivers drag their flat carts through a neighborhood devastated by the plague and call out, “Bring out yer dead.” One fellow emerges from a squalid hovel carrying a huge gunnysack over his shoulder. “Here’s one,” he says. “I’m not dead yet,” comes a voice from the sack. “I think I’m getting better. I think I’ll go for a walk.”
At one time I had... Read More
My personality type highly (and I mean HIGHLY) values peace. (If I use all caps, bold, and italics, you must know I’m serious!) Conflict makes me cry about 93 percent of the time—just ask my poor husband. So I’m not really that great about being willing to handle the conflict that comes from being a Christian.
That’s why I love Christmas.
The angels are telling me there will be peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests. (Hey,... Read More
I’m dreading the end of the week because my son hasn’t started his Christmas shopping yet. Because he can’t drive, I need to take him to the store. He’s currently facing the question that everyone else seems to be asking, “What should I get them for Christmas?” He is one of the thousands of people scrambling to make sure they have all their presents bought. Personally, my gift buying is all done, but as I see the news, talk to... Read More