Five Ways to Have a More Peaceful Home

Five Ways to Have a More Peaceful Home

“Why are you doing that? Stop! Stop! STOP!” I was out of control. I screamed so loud my throat hurt. He was just being two. My son had gotten out all the cereal boxes and dumped them out onto the floor. When I started yelling for him to stop, he began stuffing all the...
The Facts About Healthy Relationships

The Facts About Healthy Relationships

Saturday, my teen groused around the house. When my efforts to cheer her didn’t work, certainly that indicated she would rather spend Saturday with anyone but me.  Feeling rejected, I felt tempted to give the silent treatment or unload my hurt with a barbed jab. “When...
SCOTUS LEAK

SCOTUS LEAK

It was the summer of 2007. I had just completed a 40-day fast. When I started the fast, my goal was to get to know the Lord on a deeper level, hope to get a better hold of my flesh, and maybe even experience something supernatural. When I look back, it was quite...
Four Truths About Envy

Four Truths About Envy

I’m eating lunch with my new neighbor, Rosa. As I sit in her apartment eating chicken-tinga tostadas, she shares her story. Five years ago, she left two daughters behind and traveled to a new country—my country—with the hope of earning enough money to care for their...
Approaching the Almighty with Confidence

Approaching the Almighty with Confidence

When we pray, we can approach God with confidence, for our faith rests upon His character, not upon promises. Promises are as good as the character of the one who made the promise. So when I read my Bible, I have a promise. This is the confidence we have in Him. If...
What Insurance Coverage Should You Have for Your Church?

What Insurance Coverage Should You Have for Your Church?

When you think of a church, it’s much more than just a physical building. A church can mean a lot to a community and parishioners who count on it as a place of worship and fellowship. So, you have to do what you can to make sure your church stays protected, and that...
Learning How to Apologize to Yourself

Learning How to Apologize to Yourself

Apologizing to oneself requires self-talk. Perhaps you have heard someone say, “Talking to yourself is a sign of mental illness.” Wrong! Mentally healthy people always talk to themselves – encouraging themselves, advising themselves, questioning themselves. Some of...
Going It Alone

Going It Alone

Henri Nouwen writes, “Pain suffered alone feels very different from pain suffered alongside another. Even when the pain stays, we know how great the difference if another draws close, if another shares with us in it. This kind of comfort comes most fully and...