It was a busy afternoon. I was distracted and overwhelmed, as many of us are during the holidays. But I urgently needed to buy some laundry detergent — unless our family was willing to show up at church the next day in pajamas. So I rushed to the grocery store with that single item on my list. ...
The words popped into my inbox at precisely the right time: “Jennifer, I’m writing to let you know that God delights in you.” The note came from Dave. He was a pastor who lived about a half-hour from our farm. Over the years, he had become a dear friend to my husband and me. Dave […]
Her name is Ceres. She was our exchange student in 1979. When her year was up, she returned to Brazil. I was left with a broken heart, two stuffed animals, a Snoopy journal, and a hope that I would someday see her again. Last Wednesday night, part of my heart walked in through the door […]
In the body of Christ, do you ever feel like an eyelash or a toenail, while your friends are biceps or legs? That’s what it was like for my friend, who serves as a school janitor. Exhausted from the extra work, she called me the other day, wondering what worth her work held. To her, it ...
Some of you are on a life journey that isn’t making sense. You had it all worked out, but in one skinny minute, the plan unraveled. Because you’re an optimist, you hoped for the best. Then things cruelly turned from bad to worse. Maybe today you’re at a fork in the road or stuck […]
So then one day, I lived a perfectionist’s worst nightmare. And it all happened on live radio. It might have been the best thing that happened to me. You can read about it over here, at (in)courage. (I’ll be the one hiding under the desk. Not. Even. Kidding.) Read “The Principle of ...
As a teenager, I logged many hours babysitting kids in our tiny Iowa farming community. Early on in my babysitting “career,” my mom gave me a piece of advice that I’ve not forgotten. Mom told me that after I put the children to bed, I ought to go the extra mile by washing dishes, putting […]
We could travel the world in search of stillness, but if we don’t have the courage to look within, we will never find what we’re looking for. Friend, are you in need of a beach? If you can’t get there, how can you bring the beach to yourself? How can we all “be still” in […]
Have you ever been stuck in a pit so deep that you didn’t think you’d ever get out? I was stuck in a hole for 15 years. My hole was the shape of doubt. I didn’t believe the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I was afraid that the whole Bible was a sham. But I […]
Hey friend, You’ve got Hard Things going on, don’t you? Maybe your Hard Thing is news you’ve yet to deliver, a difficult conversation that’s long overdue, a deadline that seems impossible to reach, or a life-calling that feels scary. Maybe your Hard Thing is the everyday battle of ...
How To Find Thanksgiving In The Middle Of Your Pain
“Whether you have lost a loved one to cancer or divorce, whether you are sinking beneath the weight of depression, loneliness, or heartache, here are two ways to find thanksgiving in the middle of your pain.”
When Someone Makes You Feel Small
Don’t let the bullies tell you what you’re worth. The greatest leader of all time says you’re worth more than gold. In fact, God says you are worth a Son!