Because we all need a little pick-me-up now and then. 1. Don’t text. Call. Hearing an actual human voice when you’re down can feel like a lifeline. If your friend is introverted, he probably won’t pick up. That’s okay. Leave a message with a boost in it. If you’re calling an extravert, boom, you just made her…… Continue reading 10 Ways to Encourage a Friend
What are you afraid to do? Sometimes fear saves. Our fear of the snake just off the hiking trail, the out-of-control driver in the express lane, the unattended toddler near a swimming pool. But fear can also be an excuse. We can let it hold us back or keep us silent. Fear in its proper…… Continue reading Fear and Trembling Can Lead the Way * 10 Minute Devotional
How writing (and life) is strengthened in community.
I’ve never chosen a “word of the year” before. My blogger friends all seemed to have one: faith, unity, joy, presence. One word for the whole year ahead. Yet it felt odd to me, somehow, to choose a word for the next 365 days. How could I put them into a one-word box so early…… Continue reading Courage, Dear Heart * 10 Minute Devotional
My younger son is at the peak of the developmental phase of toddlerhood that looks like this: Take all the folded laundry out of the basket. Unspool all the toilet paper off of the roll. Dump out all of mom’s makeup and then shake/pour/smear out each individual product. Pour the Legos out onto the floor.…… Continue reading Building is Hard * 10 Minute Devotional