Changing

I read something the other day that’s been running through my mind ever since: “The system you have in place today is set up to get exactly the results you are getting to …  »

Christmas reset

Last Christmas I was a few months into a new job. My new office was an hour from my home, my hours were from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and I worked on Saturdays. I was alw …  »

This day

Who would have thought that I’d be writing an article on the topic of happiness and satisfaction after everything that we have been through this year due to the COVID-19 …  »

The mystery of less

Do you ever feel like, in order to meet your own expectations and those of others, you’d have to work relentlessly, push through the tired, ignore the stress—and you stil …  »

Back to basics

I was standing in the checkout line at one of our local stores and noticed the lady ahead of me was wearing a brightly colored T-shirt with a Bible verse on it. Then when …  »

Love, actually

Every year, at Christmastime, my husband has to endure my private tradition of watching Love, Actually.[[Richard Curtis. Universal Pictures, 2003.]] The movie weaves toge …  »

The joy of community

Today I get the privilege of hosting five families for dinner. We’ve known each other for the better part of our lives, and tonight we’ll all come together in joyful comm …  »

The choice

Maybe Peter thought he was going to stump Jesus when he asked the question “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me?” He wanted a nu …  »

The Peacemaker

When Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount,[[See Matthew 5–7.]] one of the most quoted orations of all time, He said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” So what is a peacema …  »

Great faith

For most of my life I’ve described my faith as a “Jesus-loves-me-this-I-know” type of faith. Jesus said He loved me. The Bible tells me so. I didn’t have a lot of questio …  »

My soul thirsts

“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?”[[Psalm 42:1–2 NLT]] I love this …  »

The ride

A few months ago, on a muggy Saturday, our family made the much-anticipated trip to a big theme park. Our teenagers, undaunted by hot sun and crowds, were looking forward …  »

Joy and good times

Here’s a great verse: “The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy.”[[1 Kings 4:20 NIV]] I have …  »