‘Faith & Life’ Category Archive

Dear Pregnant Woman, Be Kind to Yourself.

Dear Pregnant Woman, I see you next to me at the store, at the office, and walking down the street. I can see the stress across your face and in your hunched shoulders. I can see the exhaustion hiding in the circles under your eyes. How I wish I could hug you and tell you to relax and just enjoy this time, these nine months of everything changing. I promise you that they may seem… … Continue reading

The Bachelorette, the Currency of Sex, & the Spirit of Divorce

I sat down with my wife last night to watch “The Bachelorette.”I know. I know. Bad move. Such a bad move. I think I could actually feel my soul dying inside. I had never seen an episode before, but let me tell you, watching one girl simultaneously date a group of competitive suitors is not my idea of a good time. At first, it actually made me physically nauseous witnessing a group of grown men… … Continue reading

Can’t Engage in Spiritual Disciplines? It May Not Be Your Fault.

“I don’t know what is wrong with me,” my friend Gina lamented as we enjoyed a rare afternoon cup of coffee together. “I’ve always loved my time with God, but lately I just feel antsy, like I’m being put in a timeout or something. Five minutes, and I’m done!” I’ve been hearing this kind of thing a lot lately. People feel so harried that they can hardly find space for being alone with God, and… … Continue reading

Can I Just Hide in Bed Til Jesus Comes Back?

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” —J. R. R. Tolkien Never mind stepping onto the road . . . sometimes stepping out of bed is dangerous enough. Or daunting enough. Yeah, there are times when life can seem too hard to face. There, we’ve said it. But you already know it’s true. No matter… … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Fear and Pain from Influencing Parenting

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV) As child, I was sexually violated by an adult male who… … Continue reading

How to Deal with a Back-Stabbing Friend

In my opinion, the worst type of enemy is a back-stabber or anyone who betrays me, for that matter. I see trust as the cement to all relationships. Even in work relationships, there must be a level of trust and knowing someone has your back if there is going to be cohesiveness in the work place. Even more so in friendships and romantic relationships.

​ So here goes a HARD lesson today…are we called to “LOVE” the… … Continue reading

The Pain of Miscarriage and the Truth to Combat It

“Miscarriage is so common, it happens all the time.” I have heard this many times in the years since my first miscarriage, and again in the weeks since my second. Yeah, I get it, this happens a lot. Does knowing this fact make it any easier? No. Does knowing this negate the horrible way I feel about it? No. Does knowing this stop the onslaught of tears at random times during the day? Nope. In… … Continue reading

We Need More Videos Like This Reminding Us There Are Good Dads in the World!

It’s Father’s Day week! Hurray for this video showing a positive portrayal of dads! As a dad, I love what TDAmeritrade did with this commercial. I am often frustrated by the way our media represents fathers. There is Homer Simpson from The Simpsons TV Show, Daddy Pig from Peppa Pig, and who could forget Al Bundy and Archie Bunker? Oh, there are so many more bad examples of fathers. We need more videos like this… … Continue reading

How to Take the Pressure Out of Christian Parenting

Pressure \ pres sure \ noun: A series of urgent claims or demands exerting a strong force on someone, causing a burdensome condition under which it is hard to hold up. Feeling some pressure as a parent? Do I even need to ask? I recently did a Google search on the phrase “how to parent,” and about 590,000,000 sites showed up. Then I googled “how to raise children,” and 385,000,000 sites appeared. I hope you’re… … Continue reading

6 Quotes That Will Encourage You to Keep Moving Forward

If God was done with you, you wouldn’t have woke up today. Fulfill your purpose. — Lecrae (@lecrae) May 4, 2017 If we give rejection the power to define us, it will haunt us long-term. But if we allow it to refine us, the hurt will give way to healing. — Lysa TerKeurst (@LysaTerKeurst) May 31, 2017 The love of Jesus is the love you and I have been looking for all of our lives.… … Continue reading