Hope for the Hurting
This wasn’t the first major storm I’d faced, and it wouldn’t be the last. Jesus warned we’d face trials. But He also gave us hope. That’s what I clung to.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
The storm didn’t end, but I learned about trusting God in the storm and trusting Him to be my peace in the storm.
Are you facing a storm? Our attitude in the midst of the storm impacts the outcome. Read more for encouragement to trust God to see you through.read more
Have you ever been hurt by the church? It’s been said that if you haven’t been hurt in church, you haven’t attended long enough.
This issue has really been on my heart because recently I’ve had not one, not two, but several conversations with people about how they have been hurt by the church. As a result, they have expressed difficulty trusting Christians, difficulty returning to church and so many are not worshipping in church anymore, or some are but they aren’t sure who they can trust.
Read more for my letter to a wounded friend.read more
When I was in the depths of my depression, I needed HOPE! I needed to be reminded of God’s character and to know that despite my feelings, I could trust God to see me through any situation. I firmly believe that our best defense is to memorize and recite Bible verses when depressed so we can use God’s truth to combat the lies of the enemy.
Recently, a reader asked about scripture to stand on for one who struggles with depression or anxiety. My suggestion? Memorize, recite and stand on these 10 Bible verses when depressed or when feeling down and need to be filled with hope.read more
During a recent afternoon with a friend, we happened upon a gorgeous garden. She offered to pull over to the side of the road so that I could jump out and take some photos.
I always seem to connect with God best through nature. Knowing this about me, she frequently indulges my “need” to capture His beauty in photos.
I was delighted to see beautiful butterflies everywhere. But, a butterfly doesn’t start out beautiful. It goes through a process. Read more for 4 steps to transformation as you prepare for the new in life.read more
On my early morning walk, feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders, I looked up through a small clearing in the trees. In one quick glance I noted the sun, two airplanes traveling in different directions, an eagle soaring above the treetops, and a common sparrow.
I never question whether or not the sun will rise–I just look forward to basking in its warmth.
We trust Him for the big things like keeping the earth spinning in orbit, why can’t we trust Him for the small things? Read more here.read more
Neither my wife nor I grew up in Texas. Cowboy hats, boots, big belt buckles, and phrases like “all hat and no cattle” stood out to us when we first moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We joked about having more neighbors that were farm animals than who were human. One neighbor kept about 20 head of cattle, and many neighbors had horses. Another neighbor even had a very non-Texas emu roaming his lot.
But the thing that stuck out to me most about Texas was the one finger wave.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about the Lame Man. If you recall in that story, Jesus asked the Lame Man if he wanted to get well. Earlier in my career as a neuropsychologist, I thought that was an odd question for Jesus to ask. I thought surely the man wanted to get well or he wouldn’t be hanging out by the pool, hoping someone would push him in.
Have you ever wondered WHY Jesus asked the lame man if he wanted to get well? Read more here.read more
I don’t know what you’re struggling with. You may be in that phase of life where you are surrounded by dirty diapers. Maybe you’re a parent of teens wondering what inhabited their body and will they ever appreciate you as their parent? Maybe you are recently widowed or divorced and feeling alone and lonely. Maybe you are going through financial stresses. Maybe you have a prodigal child. Maybe you’re a caregiver for an ill spouse or parent.
I don’t know what you are personally going through, but I can tell you I’ve been through several of those scenarios I just listed. I have journeyed through the muck and the mire, and I have experienced that dark night of the soul when I honestly didn’t even know what joy was.
You CAN have joy! Joy is something God promised you. Read more for how.read more
In this latest season of life, which I refer to as “the sacred journey,” I’ve learned eight lessons scars teach us. How do you react to the parts of you that you don’t like? The parts you hope others don’t ever see? The battle scars you remain left with?
Everyone has a scar of some kind. Some are visible on the outside of our physical body, while some are hidden, tucked away in our heart.
When we focus on Jesus, we see the lessons scars teach us. Read more here.read more
Scripture tells us that “they will know us by our love.” When a loved one goes through a trial, we have an opportunity to show them the love of Christ by being a present help and support.
When a friend, family member, or loved one receives a diagnosis of cancer, it can be uncomfortable. Often people fear saying or doing the wrong thing.
What should you say? What should you do?
In part 3 of the Practical Grace series, I’m sharing what IS helpful to say and do when a friend or loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Read more for 18 tips for how to be a friend to someone with cancer.read more
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