What You Really Want

Sitting in the doctor’s office the other day, I came across a National Geographic Magazine piece titled, “The Story of a Face.” Joanna Connors writes: “We are born seeking faces. Newborns turn toward them during their first moments out of the womb. Babies observe, respond to, and mimic our expressions as though it’s their job.…

7 Ways to Plead With God

My prayer life takes on certain patterns and themes at times. Lately, I’ve noticed specific “pleadings” surface repeatedly. God’s answered some more than others. Some barely at all. Or not at all. But I pray on. Here are 7 ways I’m pleading with God right now. Hope it serves you. Stir me. When I sit…

When Life Feels Ugly

Does your life ever feel messy, chaotic, and ugly? Think of an abstract painting up-close. It looks completely disordered and unpleasant. You shake your head and say, “I don’t get it.”   But step back a few feet. Get the whole perspective. And you’ll discover beauty. The point? When it comes to our lives, we’re…

A New Way To Think About Brokenness

We are all broken. Damaged. The damage can be the result of what was self-inflicted, life-inflicted, or others-inflicted. But it makes you and me who we are. It’s a key part of our story. Barbara Bloom writes, “When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe…