We Need Your Positive Thoughts and Prayers

In the midst of great distress, some say that they no longer want "thoughts and prayers." In the face of tragedy, these words may come across as an automatic reflex offering little comfort or real empathy. They may seem a weak substitute for the concrete action needed to address pressing problems. As one mother whose … Continue reading We Need Your Positive Thoughts and Prayers

Make Haste to Help Us, O God

Twelve days ago my husband had a medical emergency, and while he does feel better now, he is still in the hospital hooked up to various medical things, waiting for more tests and next steps. Any medical emergency is hard, and even harder in a pandemic. In our case, COVID-19 protocols kept us from seeing … Continue reading Make Haste to Help Us, O God

Reviewing the New Bible Gateway

When I read Scripture, I much prefer reading off the printed page from a Bible that I can hold in my hands, feel the weight, finger the pages, and take my time. But when I'm online and want to quote Scripture in a blog article, or need to double check a reference for a sermon, … Continue reading Reviewing the New Bible Gateway

Marriage: Midlife Crisis or Opportunity?

Three years ago I read and reviewed Dorothy Littell Greco's Making Marriage Beautiful: Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy Start With You, so I was curious to read her follow-up book, Marriage in the Middle: Embracing Midlife Surprises, Challenges, and Joys (InterVarsity Press, 2020). How would she address the unique challenges and opportunities of marriage in … Continue reading Marriage: Midlife Crisis or Opportunity?

Escaping the Self-Centeredness of Mental Illness

I know better than to blame anyone for being ill. Whether the illness is physical or mental, no one who is ailing needs the added burden of being shamed for it. When my dad's back pain forced him to lie down after supper, that wasn't malingering or laziness. When a friend's depression descends like a … Continue reading Escaping the Self-Centeredness of Mental Illness

Sitting with God

Sitting with God: Show Up, Let Go, Open Your Heart

When I'm tired of words, I find refuge in silence. In fact, as much as I love words, praying in silence has become one of my favourite ways of praying. Sometimes it's a sacred pause to pray before a meal. Sometimes silently praying along in our corporate prayers as a church. Sometimes simply sitting quietly … Continue reading Sitting with God: Show Up, Let Go, Open Your Heart

Bring Them Closer

Kids, Families, and Mental Health

last updated August 16, 2020 I'm not a parent, but I care about kids, families, and mental health, so I'm excited to introduce you to Bring Them Closer: Calling Parents to Courage through the Mental Health Crisis by Connie Jakab (Word Alive Press, 2020). I know Connie since we're both part of the Redbud Writers … Continue reading Kids, Families, and Mental Health

Free Self-Care Study Guide

I always intended to put together a study guide for Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, and at long last, the Four Gifts Study Guide is DONE!!! One reason that this guide has been so long in coming is that there are plenty of questions already included in Four Gifts. The … Continue reading Free Self-Care Study Guide