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Family and friends—we love them! . . . but sometimes it’s not so easy to love them. What does God say about being a parent, family dysfunction, happy marriages, divorce, difficult people, forgiveness, and much more?

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Convicted yet forgiven

When my boys were younger, I took them to swimming lessons. One day I talked about my church to another mom. She responded, “I…

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Your group and more fruit

There’s an obscure but incredible reference in the Bible to the power of doing life together with other Christians. Psalm 133 says that God’s…

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God’s weird (but beautiful) Word

Psalm 133 might be the weirdest/most beautiful analogy in the Bible. It says that living in unity with God’s people “is like precious oil…

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Toxic friendships

I attended a leadership conference as a senior in high school. The speaker focused greatly on the importance of friendships. He kept repeating, “Show…

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Blessings, not burdens

I was at the grocery store with my three kiddos when the cashier scanned the three bottles of wine I was buying for a…

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Cabin fever

Winter in the north is hard on machinery and people. Winter stops being crisp really fast. Ice-cold things grind slowly if they grind at…

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Thanksgiving memoir

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of…

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Jesus feels your pain

Gerdi was invited to spend a weekend with her college friends, but she didn’t want to go. She had breast cancer, had lost all…

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To be at peace again

Some of the most comforting verses of the Bible are found in Acts 15:36-40: Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go…

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You get the gold

In 2018, for the first time in 20 years, the U.S. women’s hockey team earned a gold medal. Now, I’m a sap for just…

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Laugh a little

Life can be so serious. There’s a lot of important stuff going on, important things we need to be doing, and important matters we…

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A father who broke the rules

I’m a rule keeper. A rule giver. That’s a confession more than a boast.  I reflect on the many rules I laid down for…