How to Sing Your Heart Back Home

Did you know you're building a hymnal for your life? It's filled with lines from books, lyrics from songs, quotes from movies, and a unique assortment of other odds and ends you've picked up along the way. All such content filters through the grid of your mind and settles into the deepest places of your... Continue Reading →

Building an Arsenal

You gain consciousness just in time for another grenade to explode. Clods of dirt spray your body as you clamber up and straighten your helmet. The smoke begins to dissipate, and you can see enemy lines moving slowly but steadily forward across an open field—straight toward you. Make no mistake about it: we live in... 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 →

Maximizing the Meltdown

There you are, in the middle of a quite ordinary day, going about your business. Cue the bad news. Palms start sweating, heartbeats thunder, thoughts race like they're competing in a derby. Whether it's a regular occurrence or a rare one, we all have meltdowns; the perfect storm of circumstances and emotions is simply part... Continue Reading →

The Ringing of Redemption

What are your favorite sounds in the world? Your husband's warm chuckle? Soft snores from the kids' room? Coffee bubbling into your mug? Book pages turning? The crackle of a bonfire? Which noises make you come alive, settling a deep contentment in your soul? I personally thrill to the sound of a redemption bell. Never... Continue Reading →

Heart Cards

This week concludes a coaching/mentoring relationship I've been enjoying for the past six months. While I'm sad to see something so beautiful end, I rejoice in what God has done and am expectant about what He has in store next. I've learned so much from my sweet leader, and I'd love to pass on one... Continue Reading →

A Course in Fig Leaf Making

I went to my first training for church planters' wives last week and have been processing ever since. If you don't mind, I'd love to share a new tool I picked up that I've used several times already: what I call the fig leaf exchange. Let's set the scene. Pastor Pete Briscoe says that "religion... Continue Reading →

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