Jesus promised, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). I know that’s quite negative. But it’s a promise of Jesus. I’m not making this up.
Jesus made that promise, and that promise has come true in our lives.
We have trouble when friends leave us.
We have trouble when the money runs out.
We have trouble when the gossip metathesizes like an aggressive tumor.
We have trouble when a loved one dies.
I wish this wasn’t true.... Read More
My son is on two basketball teams. One is his grade school team, and the other is made up of eighth graders from a couple of schools. He’s been playing with both groups for years.
This month those worlds collided at a basketball tournament when, in a couple of games, his grade school team faced teammates from the second league. As one mom and I were talking—which is a pretty common occurrence for me in the bleachers—we commiserated about watching... Read More
February is the month of love. How is that going for you? Are you more loving in your interactions? Have your feelings for your spouse, children, parents, and friends increased and resulted in renewed expressions of love?
If we’re honest, most of us are operating like cell phones on low battery mode. The busyness of life and the hassles and heartaches drain us till we feel, well, nothing.
Our cell phones give us a warning. A box appears to let... Read More
I wish you would’ve met Charles.
I assumed it was going to be a normal airport bathroom stop, squeezing my carry-on into the stall during an hour-long layover. But that’s when I ran into Charles.
I’m not sure I’ve ever met a man like him.
“Welcome to the world’s busiest airport,” Charles announced to the businessmen crowded into the men’s room, “and to the world’s busiest bathrooms!” I busted up laughing along with Charles, whom I have a hunch had... Read More
I have one lofty goal for 2019: rid my children of warts. “Aim high,” I always say. This may seem silly, but a wart-free household would be a major victory right now. You see, warts are gross, and the fact that my kids have them makes me feel gross and also like I have failed to ensure that they are clean human beings. Seventy-five percent of my children have at least one wart; I feel like this is a failing... Read More
“You are the light of the world.” If Jesus didn’t say it, we might think it was false teaching. But he did say it in his famous Sermon on the Mount. Through that sermon, he reaches ahead into history, puts his hand on your shoulder, and calls you to action. He doesn’t look past you or around you. His eyes are locked in on yours.
Hear it again, “You are the light of the world.”
What could this possibly mean? ... Read More
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and all across America kids (and parents) have been busy working on making a Valentine for every single person in the class.
Back in the day, you only gave Valentine’s cards to the people you really liked. Schools caught on a while ago that no one should get left out on feeling the love, so now they send home a list of all the students in class to make sure that no one gets overlooked. These... Read More
Do you sometimes struggle with self-esteem? Are there days you feel worthless and pretty sure everyone else thinks you’re worthless too? Are you at times broken, needy, and stuck way down in the dumps?
You’re not alone.
Millions of people today are flattened by depression just like some of the famous writers of the Bible were. (Just read King David’s Psalm 6 or Jeremiah’s book of Lamentations.) Throughout history, people have wrestled with the downs that come along with the... Read More
The Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo has women everywhere emptying out their closets and drawers and getting rid of whatever doesn’t “spark joy.” The goal is to help people clean up their clutter and get peace in their home.
I haven’t watched the show myself because I’m not a big saver anyway. Oh, trust me, I have some clutter, but I don’t like holding on to things I don’t need. Years of being a military family meant each... Read More
For the last several years, I’ve tried to be the light in a certain situation (outside my home—thankfully I have a wonderful godly spouse) and have suffered much for it. I finally decided enough was enough. It was time to leave.
I was relishing the idea of packing my proverbial bags when over the course of four days, three people I respect, individually and without the knowledge of the others, suggested I stay. One even told me rather boldly to... Read More