Who is God, and what can we expect of him in times of crisis? Our answer depends on how we answer these three questions: Is He there? Is He good? Is He trustworthy? This is especially true when our prayers seem to fall on deaf ears, and nothing turns out the way we … [Read more...] about When God Isn’t Who You Think He Is
It Isn't Fair I remember after a particularly painful experience in my life, I began to feel like God had forgotten me. I couldn’t seem to understand why God would allow something so painful in my life, when I was consistently serving him, and trying to live the “right” way. It … [Read more...] about Stop Defending God
I said something that I wish I hadn’t. The words were out before I had processed. It was one of those times when I replay the comments over and over in my head while shaking my head and cringing simultaneously. I hoped it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I hoped that when I got … [Read more...] about The Difference A Little Encouragement Makes
Parenting is hard, especially when we don’t really know from day to day what challenges we may be faced with. It can be easy to become reactive to situations involving our children, and these reactions often come from an emotional response that is not always helpful. Emotional … [Read more...] about Proactive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
Few of us have escaped the wretched experience of being emotionally sucker-punched, wronged, or betrayed. We didn't see it coming. This wasn't supposed to happen! Our belief that life is fair and predictable is shattered. To add insult to injury, we are often cajoled to get … [Read more...] about Why Is Forgiveness So Hard?
In marriage there is often a crossover… a passage. It isn’t planned or desired. Somehow, at some time, we forget we are on the same side. Two Become One Didn’t we promise til death do we part? Doesn’t God declare that two become one? When you get married you love your spouse … [Read more...] about Marriage Conflicts: I am On Your Side, Remember?