Do you really know how to read the Bible? (These 3 books will help!)

There’s a trend I’ve noticed lately: using the word “biblical” to describe a topic. Biblical parenting. Biblical marriage. Biblical finances. Biblical diet. I don’t deny that the Bible may have wisdom to share about these topics. But there’s a danger in using the term “biblical” in this way: 1. It implies that one way is […]

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How to Love as He Loved Us

On Monday, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire, causing massive damage and destroying its’ iconic spire. Onlookers were horrified and heartbroken as firefighters attempted to stop the blaze. Watching footage of the destructive flames, I thought of all the hard work that went into building that beautiful church. The stone, the wood, the […]

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How to Harness the Power of Labels

One day not too long ago, when we picked up our boys from Sunday School after church, one of the teachers pulled me and my husband aside. She waited until the kids ran out of earshot. “That Henry,” she said, referring to our youngest who is just five, “He’s a smart one! I couldn’t believe […]

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What story are you choosing to tell?

“How was your weekend?” someone asks. It’s a fair question and a common one. And answering it presents an opportunity to curate your life: to showcase the parts you want people to see in order to keep people at a distance, or to invite them into more authentic relationship. On Saturday, we went to a […]

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On Dealing with Disappointment

One day as I was vacuuming our stairs with our dust-buster, the hose attachment broke. I had only cleaned halfway up the first of three flights of stairs in our townhouse. “What am I supposed to do now,” I wailed in frustration. “You could try the shop-vac in the garage!” my husband suggested. I had […]

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Grace for the New Year

We’re a few days into January and I’ve been bombarded for what seems like weeks with messages about becoming a new and better version of myself in 2019. Between magazines at the checkout aisle, to TV commercials, to my email inbox, even to my Instagram feed, everyone wants to tell me how to meet my […]

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On Doing Big Things for God

When I was seven, my parents walked away from everything they knew to become life-long missionaries to France. My dad had been a high school chemistry teacher and volleyball coach, my mom stayed at home with my me and my two siblings in our two bedroom house in southern California. Moving to France was both […]

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