(Don’t) Brace Yourself

Whether someone is being threatened by a tsunami wave on the deck of a ship, facing a blizzard in a tiny mountain cottage, or waiting in a doctor's office to hear the results of a big test, the preparation message is the same: Brace yourself. A steeling of the spine, a gritting of teeth, and... Continue Reading →

Perspective Pops

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 43:5) We all talk to ourselves—it's the brain's natural way of processing information, and we'd go crazy if the internal chatter permanently stopped. (And yes, it's biblical;... Continue Reading →

Hearing Voices

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on January 15, 2020. You can find it here.) "Who do we become when we stop allowing all the voices in our head to crowd out the one voice we must hear to come to life?" (Erwin McManus) I find deep beauty in... Continue Reading →

Life in the Desert

"My life is so dry right now. I just feel like I'm wandering around in the desert." These words could have been uttered by Abraham. Isaac. Jacob. Joseph. Moses. The nation of Israel. Elijah. Nehemiah. John the Baptist. Jesus. Paul. And maybe you. Friend, the path into (and out of) the desert is well-traveled—God seems... Continue Reading →

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Qui transtulit sustinet. (He who transplanted still sustains.) -Connecticut State Motto Are you ready for an exercise in imagination? Picture a particular flower. (Mine's a peach ranunculus.) Come on, it'll be fun. Mentally plant your flower on a plain, grassy hill. Now picture a copy of that flower, but place it in the middle of... Continue Reading →

A Few of My Favorite Things

A new decade has dawned. Can't you smell all of that fresh possibility? The future is ripe and our hearts are ready. Let's shake off the shadows of the past, take a deep breath, and jump. 2020, here we come! Some January gifts to point you toward Encouragement: My New Year's Wish for You by... Continue Reading →

The Danger of Toxic Thinking

You might be assuming from the title that today's post is about how to avoid negative mental patterns. While there is a ton of biblical material to back up why such an endeavor would be important, that's not the direction we'll be taking. Call it intentional misdirection. (Abracadabra!) The danger of thinking about toxic people—or,... Continue Reading →

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