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A Return to Rest

I can always tell when it's time to retreat and rest. The signs are all too obvious: Impatience. Irritation. Easy offense and tears. I am not my best self when this happens. My emotional health is compromised, and I know it. Not to mention most everyone else knows it,...

What To Do When Criticism Cuts Deep

I’m accustomed to a fair amount of criticism. As an author and a speaker on a variety of platforms, it comes with the territory. My story, message, and style isn’t for everyone. I get it. Truth is I’ve received far more positive feedback than negative. So the rare...

Faith and Doubt: When You Don’t Know What to Believe Anymore

I was over 2,500 miles away delivering a presentation when my cell phone blew up with emergency text messages: All Schools: LOCKOUT (Secure Perimeter) due to law enforcement activity in the area. Learning and activities indoors. More info to come. At this time...

5 Necessary Practices To Learn How To Listen

"Mommy, can you help me with my homework?" She waved her paper in the air, trying to get me to listen, but I wouldn't have any of it. This is the question I hear almost every evening between 4 and 6 pm. And this is the child who would much rather allow me the...

Life and Death, Death and Life

I don’t remember exactly when I first stumbled on her Instagram account. A month or two ago, maybe a little more. You know how it goes: After clicking on a friend's post, you follow the tags and links until somehow you land on the profile of a random stranger you’ve...

Finding Hope In The Hard Places {& Giveaway!}

Today's post is a guest post (and giveaway!) by my dear friend, Sarah Beckman. Sarah is a national speaker, author, and communications trainer. Her new book Hope in the Hard Places helps people walk through struggles with tangible help, biblical truth, and a...

To Sleep In A Storm

The day began with sunshine and warmth, no hint of the storm that would come. My children played outside with other pint-sized neighbors, carefree and happy. From my seat in my office, the sounds of laughter and make-believe filtered into my ears. Their joy sparked my...

Two Tiny Words That Hold the Power to Reframe Failure

“So, basically, I blew it.” Twenty minutes before I’d walked into my counselor’s office with a light step and confidence. But after replaying the events of the weekend before and talking through the words said and choices made, I knew I'd failed. Again. My good mood...

Talking Back When Shame Keeps You Silent

I did something this week I should’ve done a long time ago. Honestly, I didn’t mean for it to take so long—four years. I kept putting it off, telling myself I could save for another day. But then one day turned into well over a thousand days. And what I knew I needed...

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