The Trick is 2 Treat Each Other with Love

Do Halloween and Christians Mix?    It’s that time of year again. The time of year when well-meaning Christians argue about what to do with Halloween. And there certainly are lots of loud and passionate opinions to go around.    I get that – but can we all take a breath – step back for a moment and remember that first and foremost we are to love one another as     read more

What Do You Really Want?

Quickly—in one sentence, what do you want most out of life? ◻ To be happy? ◻ Have a healthy family? ◻ Have a career you like that pays well? ◻ Something else? Those are pretty run-of-the-mill responses, not very specific, and don’t carry much weight when it comes to living life on purpose. If you had more time would your     read more

A Surprising Stick of Comfort

What do you do when you’re sitting in church, the message has been deeply moving, and you hear someone sobbing behind you? o Ignore it and hope they stop. o Pretend to ignore it—but quietly pray for them. o Hope someone else sees them and brings them a tissue. o Ask them if there’s anything you can do. When the     read more

3 Reasons to Love Falling Leaves

Do you rake, blow away, bag and shred, compost, mow, or justignore the blanket of red and gold covering every horizontal surface outdoors as leaves fall to the ground? Whatever you do or don’t do with the leaves of autumn—here are three things to consider regarding the unavoidable shedding of the trees. 1. Think of leaves as free, organic fertilizer     read more

Four Lies About Asking for Help

What myths have you believed about asking for help?  Asking for help is a sign of weakness.  No one has time for my problems-they have problems of their own.  Asking for help just makes it worse and then you’re beholding to others.  God helps those who help themselves.   Four truths that counter those lies:  Asking for help takes courage and is a sign of strength not weakness.  There     read more

Staying Sane in Insane Times

Ever had a day when everything went south?    The phone rings or you get an emergency text and WHAM! everything’s upside down and out of control.   I recently had a day like that. I called my sister to see how her husband was doing and ended the conversation tossing an overnight bag in the car, cancelling appointments, and heading for the coast three hours away.    Long story to novella – my sister had     read more