Not good enough: Finding freedom in the midst of our faults good enough identity purpose weakness

As an adoptee, I’ve spent many an hour wondering about nature versus nurture. What traits have I inherited? What have I learned from my environment? What makes me who I am? In other words, who do I have to thank—or blame —for me?

These questions became even more poignant as...

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3 simple steps to easing your emotional pain & improving your outlook emotional pain loving jesus perspective posture prayer rest

If 2020 has taught me one thing, it is that I must have deep tear ducts. I have cried more in the past four months than I ever dreamed possible. I cried when we cancelled Joey’s birthday party, when schools closed for the remainder of the year, when I couldn’t visit my dad in the...

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Tell yourself the truth: Putting a stop to the negative messages in our minds loving jesus meditation positive god-talk scripture truth

If I’m being honest, last week was a bit of a roller coaster here. Some great moments, and some rather tear-filled ones. I’m still feeling a little whiplashed.

And, you know, that’s life. Ups and downs. Good days and hard days. This too shall pass. We know all of this, but when...

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Finding your life purpose might be simpler than you think catechism glorify god identity purpose

A few years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to teach my kids the Westminster shorter catechism. And it would have been a good idea, actually, but my enthusiasm fizzled out quickly. (In case you were under the delusion that I have it all together as a parent, rest assured. I...

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Trusting God in the unexpected purpose supposed to be trust

In life, we expect to have certain defining moments, but we think we know what they will be: a graduation, a first job, a wedding day, a new baby. But what happens when a new “milestone” pops up and changes the trajectory you thought you had?

In the months after Joey’s Down...

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Remember: God’s faithfulness is on display in our struggles faithfulness god's faithfulness hope purpose remember trust

The day Joey was diagnosed with Down syndrome, we left the geneticist’s office with a book called Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents’ Guide. In the introduction, the editor encourages the parent carrying the weight of the heavy burden to take lots of pictures of their...

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When we don’t know why faith plan prayer purpose question trust why

“I have to admit, Lord, I don’t really understand what You are doing here.”

I walked around my neighborhood, praying as I took in some fresh air. Praying for my husband, my children, some dear friends… and I realized I had been praying some of these same prayers over and...

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Is social media silencing our souls? life

As my head hit the pillow, my brain sprang into action. Worries I had kept in the back of my mind all day suddenly vied for my attention: What if my dad catches COVID-19 while he’s in the hospital for his cancer surgery? How am I going to homeschool three kids? When will I ever find...

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What to do when it’s not yours to fix finding hope helping others pain purpose struggles trust

I couldn’t sleep, I wasn’t eating. A knot twisted my stomach. I couldn’t focus on tasks that required more brain power than folding laundry. I was utterly consumed.

What was wrong? you ask. What hardship were you suffering that so consumed you?

Absolutely nothing.

My...

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When struggling leads to abiding abide down syndrome struggles the worthy walk

Almost a decade ago, I sat at dinner with a friend and wept. Postpartum depression wouldn’t relent, my husband’s business was keeping him busy far beyond the “normal” 40-hour work week, and my infant son had just been diagnosed with Down syndrome. I was struggling but...

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