When You Feel Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed. I've been there too. And not in a good way like being overwhelmed by the beauty of a spring day, or overwhelmed by soaring music, or overwhelmed by love that fills your heart to bursting. It might not be a 9-1-1 emergency -- no need to panic and act quickly, but how to get … Continue reading When You Feel Overwhelmed

7 Essential Steps to Declutter, Downsize, and Rightsize Your Books and Anything Else

In a recent survey, one reader suggested I write an article on "downsizing." Hmmm, I confess that at first I mentally set that idea aside since I don't have much experience with downsizing and wasn't sure I had anything to offer. Although I helped my mom downsize from her house to a condo, then to … Continue reading 7 Essential Steps to Declutter, Downsize, and Rightsize Your Books and Anything Else

Love’s Way: Aging, Respect, and Solutions for the Whole Family

My mother always said she didn't want to live with any of her children. After my father died, my mom decided the family home was too big for her and moved into a condo. Then some years later she decided to move into an independent housing complex for seniors, and there she would tell people, … Continue reading Love’s Way: Aging, Respect, and Solutions for the Whole Family

If We Want to Love Well, We Must Love Long

"We discovered your blog post that includes a range of prayers related to mental illness. Is there one of these that you would see as particularly appropriate for a hymnal and worship book? If not, would you be open to selecting or writing something else? Although space limits us to one short prayer on this subject, we hope that it can serve as … Continue reading If We Want to Love Well, We Must Love Long

Three Friends, Three Books

Today I'm excited to introduce three books from three friends that are making an impact on me. Each touches me in a different way: poetry that stirs my heart, mind, and soul; missionary stories that inspire me; and a devotional book that I'm already planning to use next year. The first excerpt is a poem … Continue reading Three Friends, Three Books

How to Pray for the People You Love

To introduce our summer preaching series on Philippians, I called my sermon How to Pray for the People You Love, because that's what the apostle Paul does in the opening verses of his letter. Some years earlier, Paul had planted this church in the city of Philippi, and although his ministry had taken him elsewhere, … Continue reading How to Pray for the People You Love

Teaching Children to Pray

Before I get to my article today, I'd like to clarify that there are two ways to receive my free email updates: (1) using WordPress and (2) using MailChimp. Both are secure, reliable services, but MailChimp is customized with personal notes and announcements. That's where I shared my decision to return to weekly blogging, and also issued … Continue reading Teaching Children to Pray

Resources for Small Groups

As our small groups wind down for summer, some look forward to well-deserved rest, some plan to serve as hosts for our summer coffee times or meet informally for a mid-summer picnic, some are deciding now what they might study together come fall. If you're interested in a topical study, I can happily recommend the … Continue reading Resources for Small Groups