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Living My Faith

The good of work and the gift of rest

“How are you doing, Michael?” “I’m busy.” Busyness is our way of virtue signaling. We are letting our fellow Americans know that we uphold…

Living My Faith

The day a tree stops growing

One of the largest and longest-living trees in the United States is the Seven Sisters Live Oak in Mandeville, Louisiana. This massive tree is…

Who is God?

What does it look like to be still?

One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Who knew eight words could be so…

Life’s Challenges

God is working

People, even people within our Christian circles, do destructive, harmful, secretive things. David expresses it well in Psalm 64:6: “They plot injustice and say,…

Life’s Challenges

Don’t give up without a fight!

“Thy will be done” (Luke 11:2 KJV). This can be hard to pray when we or those we love are facing dire circumstances. Perhaps,…

Bible 101

No longer stinky

My son is 18 months old, and while I love him dearly and he can be painfully adorable sometimes, other times—he drives me a…

Life’s Challenges

Hope for the future

I just love it when my seed catalogs arrive in the mail this time of year! I like to take a day—in the deepest,…

Depression & Anxiety

Jesus is with you

Times are hard. These words of Psalm 60 may just roll off your tongue: “You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you…

Life’s Challenges

Good cuts from an expert

A diamond needs to be cut in order to achieve its greatest beauty. That kind of seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? How can cutting a…

Depression & Anxiety

Better than a second chance

In the past, it was easy for me to feed into my fears about entering the public ministry, especially since serving God’s people was…

Living My Faith

Hoping for an apocalypse

It’s early January, and the official rules for bloggers state that I must write about resolutions. (That’s 100% accurate, but I’d prefer that you…

Life’s Challenges

New year, new YOU?

Do you ever make New Year’s resolutions? Better yet, have you ever kept one? Why do we do this every year? Is it because…