As I began seeking out a more playful existence, I quickly stumbled across what keeps so many of us from play: life can be quite exhausting.
And herein lies the first invitation of playfulness: to play well, we must rest well. … More The Sabbath Road to Happiness
Doing things we don’t have to do is one of the easiest (and most fun!) ways to refill our cups … More Do Useless Things
Happiness can seem elusive or even impossible. But if God invites us to rejoice, there must be a path that leads there. … More Searching for Happiness
Why So Serious? An excerpt from Chapter 2 of Happy Now: Let Playfulness Lift Your Load & Renew Your Spirit by Courtney Ellis Used with permission of Rose Publishing I take myself too seriously, probably because I’m a human being. –Maeve Higgins “How’d your doctor’s appointment go?” my husband Daryl asked as he loaded the dishwasher. “Oh, fine,” … More Want to read a chapter of my new book – Happy Now! (for free?)
Kindness isn’t mere niceness. Kindness changes everything. … More Walk With Me
If you could eliminate one verse of Scripture, which one would you take out, and why?
(Don’t worry: no Bibles were harmed in the writing of this post.) … More Holy Erasure
Parenting is hard on the heart. The pangs of loss begin in the very first seconds. When our oldest was born at nearly forty-two weeks gestation, I could not wait to push him out into the world and get on with basic human functions, like bending at the waist and rolling over in bed without … More I Spent Every Waking Moment With My Kids This Year. It Wasn’t Enough.
Where is God when we come to our end? … More At your end? So is Jesus.
What happens when the body of Christ disagrees about celebrating the Lord’s Supper during quarantine? … More Should Christians Take Communion Virtually?
Daryl and I have been praying together quite a bit lately. It’s not rare for us to pray with one another (we are pastors, after all), but in these days it’s had an added air of urgency. There’s a lot going on out there, friends. I get daily videos from a dear friend who’s locked … More Lord, strengthen our weak knees