“I want to go there before I die.” Whenever I tell people about my trip to the Holy Land, this is the response I often get. And can you blame them? What Bible-believing person wouldn’t want to walk the same road that their Savior walked thousands of years ago? So, what’s stopping them? What’s stopping you?
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Most likely you go to a parade, wear green, pinch some people, watch the Chicago River turn green, or get a green drink. It’s a fun holiday in America, but do you even know what you are celebrating?
It wasn’t long ago that when the word “Lent” was spoken, all that came to my mind was the tiny bits of string or fabric that I use a roller to pull off my clothes. Much to my confusion, it wasn’t lint my new church was talking about, but instead it was the beautiful time of fasting leading up to Easter… Lent. As an evangelical, I found it an adjustment to…
I grew up in a home and church that did not observe the Lent season. Easter was a fun and festive day of worship, a delicious meal, Easter egg hunting and family photos with my cousins in our new “Easter outfits,” but I honestly hadn’t given much thought to Lent until several years ago when our pastor introduced it as a season to be observed and celebrated. I didn’t have a context…
“Please secure your own oxygen mask first.” Virtually every time I hear a flight attendant voice those words, I have one thought: Could any piece of advice be harder for a Mom to follow? As intentional Moms, our first inclination is to care for others. So what happens when Mommas care and care and care for everyone else, without first breathing in the help they need?
Who comes to mind when you hear the words “toxic person?” Is it your friend from college, your mom, your brother-in-law, a coworker? I bet your shoulders feel a little bit tenser and your blood pressure a little bit higher just thinking about them. Take a deep breath. And another. You’re going to need it. This is not a how-to about breaking up with friends and family members. Unlike conventional wisdom, we’re going to talk about loving your person well.
It’s what we are all searching for: love. Much of our lives are spent on that very task, seeking love - in a mate, friendships, or in the approval of others. Yet when we do find that love, we are continually disappointed. People can’t seem to love us as perfectly as we’d like them to.
Confession: I’ve long loved a good RomCom. You know, Romantic Comedy, Chick Flick. Can they be cheesy? Absolutely. Predictable? Ridiculously so. But, there’s something wonderfully reassuring about seeing love bloom in the midst of this increasingly angry world.