How to Free Others From Past Mistakes: What My Cookbook Taught Me

The comment sears my heart, but instead of reacting, I laugh and excuse myself to check on the soup that doesn’t need checking. I squeeze my eyes to blink away tears as the comment ricochets through my brain. Is that the cookbook Kendra burned? It’s become Family Lore. Looking frantically for space, I had squeezed […]

The One Thing More Powerful Than Goal-Setting — How to Triumph in the New Year

The words taunt me: TODAY’S TOP 3: (What will make today a win for you?) Am I the only one? Or do the words in your daily planner poke at you also? Perhaps (like me) you’ve read books and blog posts about setting goals. taken goal-setting classes. written SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and […]

How to Be Calm in Anxious Times

A cup of fresh-brewed coffee in hand, you open the laptop to begin your day, but as soon as you see the headline, your heart sinks. Something horrible has happened — again. Click the picture. Skim for details. It’s too early to know much. Google it, look at three more news reports. Your stomach flip-flops. The […]

Why Prayer is the Answer — Even When You Don’t Want it to Be

Your heart lies exposed on the table between you. You’re glad you finally had a chance to share lunch — and life’s latest hard situation — with your friend. The story now told, you sit back, watch as she sips her mocha latte, and wait for your friend’s response. She sets down her cup and […]

Why “What Would Jesus Do?” Is the Wrong Question

I can’t make one more decision. My Friday errands threaten to overtake me as I drive from store to store. There should be combat pay for Decision Fatigue. As I approach a sign-toting young man asking for money, I’m conflicted. I’m not opposed to sharing my good fortune with others, but Does it do any […]

How is the Holy Spirit Like Your Car?

I bought a new car the other day. I didn’t expect to. But my minivan was no match for our laborious summer, so we put it out to pasture. It turns out, cars have changed a bit in the 15 years since I sweltered under a circus tent, cradling my 5-week-old son through the most […]

How to Save Time, Frustration, and Your Relationships

Do you and your people have different ideas about housework? Change your thinking without changing your standards. I got up early — how can I still be late for work? The usual culprits — the pets, the kids, Facebook… I shove a toothbrush in my mouth and reach for the curling iron before realizing I’m […]

God Is NOT Good — A Simple Reminder to Bring Every Thought Captive

Is a technology flaw an insidious tool or a powerful warning?   Autocorrect drives me crazy! You, too? I text a friend between chores, and hit send without double-checking. Sometimes the result is humorous, sometimes just odd. But one particular instance is insidious. When I type the word God, my smartphone inserts Good instead. Praise […]

How to Conquer Your Negative Automatic Thoughts

6:30 already? Ugh. The boys hijack the groceries faster than I can put them away, bombarding me with questions between mouthfuls. Chief among them: What’s for dinner? “Beef stroganoff.” The piranhas aren’t deterred. As I gather ingredients, bobbing and weaving through the obstacle course of moving bodies in my compact kitchen, I realize my error. No […]

Did God Promise No More Troubling Thoughts?

Excitement bubbles up inside me. How had I missed this Bible verse? “The righteous person may have many thoughts, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” (Psalm 34:19, NIV) The words astound me: the LORD delivers us from our thoughts!  Oh, how I need Him to deliver me from my thoughts. You, too? I […]