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Life’s Challenges

Stop comparing

I was reading a book the other day, and I stole this question: “Would you rather have $70,000 today or $70,000 in 1900?” You…

Life’s Challenges

Arise and shine. God is here!

Christmas joy and Christmas grief are the unavoidable extremes of Christmas. Parents of young children, the healthy, and those who have successfully had more…

Friends & Family

Even if they roll their eyes

There were some eye rollers around my dinner table. They had my surname and were eating my food. Whenever I took that occasion to…

Life’s Challenges

Why not just ask?

“Our Father in heaven . . . give us today our daily bread” (Matthew 6:9,11). I have prayed these words thousands of times. Not…

Life’s Challenges

The world we long for

I’m writing this devotion after innocence was shattered one more time. Children were killed at school. It seems disrespectful to call them children because…

Life’s Challenges

Only sleeping

Near the top of the most miserable of all human experiences is to suffer the death of a child. Every parent I know would…

Life’s Challenges

Living with loss: A child

Of all the types of human loss to have to endure, I think for me losing a child would be the bitterest. My mother-in-law’s…

Life’s Challenges

The gift you didn’t know you gave

God bless you if you were a good kid. God bless you for not causing trouble. God bless you if creating drama for others…

Life’s Challenges

The prayer of a struggling believer

Father, I’m struggling right now. My heart is heavy, and I don’t even fully understand what I’m feeling. I know I’ve messed up. I’ve…

Life’s Challenges

Backline and nonessential workers: You were made for such a time as this

A few weeks back, I read an article about the ICU staff working with COVID patients in England. The article stated that these frontline…

Life’s Challenges

A proper lament

My teenage son recently joined the ranks of those who can be given the moniker “Brace Face”—the world of orthodontia. This is a painful…

Life’s Challenges

The problem with coping mechanisms

Each day seems to bring a new announcement or policy concerning the pandemic that challenges our normal way of life. At the church where…

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