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My mother is one of those people who insists that the presence of her children is the only gift she needs. And she’s one of the few people who actually means it. But she’s also someone who finds delight in the smallest things, so giving her gifts becomes a source of joy for her kids. […]

Most of us haven’t faced the temptation to bow to a golden image. I grew up taking the first and second commandments, “You shall have no other gods before me” and “You shall not make for yourself a carved image” (Ex. 20:3–4), for granted. Like every good Sunday school classroom in the ‘90s, diagrams and […]

The job you’ve been praying about for months sent an email that starts with the words “We’re sorry.” The man you used to dream about marrying just announced his engagement on Facebook. The pregnancy test in your hand has only one line on that little screen. The medical results come back and leave you with […]

Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Lisa’s new book The Hard Good: Showing Up for God to Work in You When You Want to Shut Down. Instead of waiting for your emotions to fall in line, the hard good can help bring a new way of living with healthy, managed emotions.  Waiting Isn’t Wasted My […]

This article is part of our This Moment Matters series. Read previous articles in the series here: “Does This Really Matter?” by Gretchen Saffles “Being an Ambassador in Your Workplace” by Fernie Cosgrove “Why Your Local Church Matters” by Taylor Cage “Surrendering Our Wallets to the God of Enough” by Laura Hardin I avoid getting […]

I close my eyes and imagine our picture-perfect life. There is more money, more leisure time, a bigger house, bigger bank accounts, and ease. Gone are the days of trials and survival mode. “This is the best life,” I think to myself as I smile and take a sip of sparkling water poolside in my […]

She’s living my dream… I thought to myself as I scrubbed the carrots in my hand and started vigorously chopping them. My blood was pumping full speed with a surge of jealousy. I had just finished mindlessly browsing social media while my soup broth simmered and my heart boiled with discontent. In the midst of […]

Not What I Planned My twenties have not gone according to my plan. So far, my post-grad years have been absent of a fiancé turned husband, a house turned home, and bump-dates turned babies. Though I have the picturesque Goldendoodle, I’ve found myself mourning these common milestones—especially as others receive these blessings on what seems […]

Contented in the Lord One of my favorite images of contentment in Scripture is from Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17. Both passages paint the picture of a tree planted by a stream. When the heat and drought come, this tree has nothing to fear because it has the refreshment of the stream. No matter what […]

Cocooning At Home It was a trying time—an isolating season. But as advised, we pulled away from all of our normal social activities and gatherings. We stayed at home day after day, avoiding big groups of people and only going out when necessary. We spent about eight weeks in this unique season called “cocooning.” You […]

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