The Elasticity of Hope: When You’re Going Through a Painful Stretch

I love running, but stretching...not so much. There's just something about it. Maybe it's the initial pain and discomfort it causes, not to mention the time it takes. Personally, I'd rather just get on with the workout. But stretching has its place. It helps with flexibility, range of motion, and blood circulation, to name just... Continue Reading →

You (and Jesus) Got This

How Faith-Based Confidence Helps When You're Up Against a Challenge In her book, Option B - Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg briefly tells the story of her coworker, Caryn, and her experience with breast cancer. To encourage Caryn along, Sandberg recounts how she gave her a special necklace on... Continue Reading →

Following Jesus When it Isn’t Trending

How to Take the Long View in Times of Cultural Upheaval You already know this, but it isn't easy to publicly identify as a Christian anymore. Be it at your school, your job, or in your social media community, you are likely to get some hate if you dare to bring Jesus with you. It... Continue Reading →

Determined as…

3 Things We Can Learn from the Woolly Bear Caterpillar When you see Woolly Bear Caterpillars crossing the country roads of the Midwest, it's a sure sign that summer is almost over. As they hustle to get from one side of the road to the other, you know a change of seasons is coming. For... Continue Reading →

When They Don’t Choose You

How to Deal with Being Overlooked As summer winds down, it's time for tryouts for next season's baseball squads. Lots of youngsters, like my son, competing for just a few spots. Not everyone will make it. Some will see their name on the roster and celebrate while those who don't see their name will be... Continue Reading →

Hope for a Change

Three Reasons Why You Should Believe that You Can Change One of the things that sometimes works against us in the Christian life is a certain skepticism about whether people can actually change or not. When it comes down to it, many of us struggle with believing that someone could really be any different than... Continue Reading →

When Life Throws You a Curve

How to Respond to Hard, Unexpected Events Photo by Pixabay on Oh, the dreaded curve ball. Hitting one is so notoriously difficult Clint Eastwood named a movie after it. Because hitting an object that is traveling toward you in a straight line is one thing, but when its flight path resembles the shape of... Continue Reading →

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