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Life’s Challenges

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We have a Savior who knows our struggles and knows our pain, and he will give us the strength to persevere and trust his will for us.

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Depression & Anxiety

Why did you let me get my hopes up?

We don’t know her name; the Bible only calls her the Shunammite. This wealthy woman loved God and provided for his prophet Elisha. Deep…

Depression & Anxiety

When plans blow up

You weren’t planning to spend all day in an auto repair shop. You weren’t planning on a connector flight getting canceled and having to…

Friends & Family

What I learned from “The Sex Talks”

This past October, I talked in church about sex. For four straight weeks. If you’re doing the sermon math, that was over two hours…

Depression & Anxiety

12 ways to help when a child dies

In the United States, we’re not used to children dying—and that’s a good thing. From 1980 to 2016, the death rate in the United…

Friends & Family

I hope we’re that kind of elderly couple

Do you like to watch people? People are fascinating, aren’t they? And you see all sorts of them. I especially like watching elderly couples….

Depression & Anxiety

Do what you can

Oprah. Michael Phelps. Harrison Ford. Lady Gaga. Jim Carrey. Terry Bradshaw. Ellen DeGeneres. Serena Williams. Robin Williams. Each of these celebrities (and more!) has…

Depression & Anxiety

Let God carry you through what you dread

I have a number of friends who love fall. They love sweaters and bonfires and pumpkins. I struggle with dread this time of year,…

Friends & Family

Your children will die

A friend and I joke that we’re worst-case-scenario moms, able to easily imagine everything that could possibly go wrong with our kids. While we…

Life’s Challenges

You must not love God enough

This week I’ve heard some pretty sad stories from Christians. They shared with me that they are going through hard times (or have in…

Depression & Anxiety

Loving the ones left behind after a suicide

With the suicides of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, suicide is again at the top of our national conversation—and for good reason. Last…

Life’s Challenges

An f-bomb in the pastor’s office

The woman dropped the f-bomb in my office. And she didn’t even flinch. I tried to hide how offended I was, to take a…

Friends & Family

Let’s talk about sex (and God)

“So, what did your parents teach you about sex?” one of my friends asked a mutual friend as we devoured pizza on his back…