I almost left—heavenly purpose for negative emotions

October 10, 2018

Revelations seem to happen when we need them most, but at a time when we’ve stopped counting on them. I walked into the room where the young adult café meets…

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Why it is OK to have negative emotions—the reason I wrote this series

October 3, 2018

There is always a moment. Time stops. Something clicks. God reaches in. It all makes sense. I had this moment earlier this year. There is always a moment. I remember…

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Hopelessness—approaching the downed bridge

September 26, 2018

I do not remember the first time I felt it. I am not convinced it feels the same way every time. Hopelessness feels like being at the end of the…

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The physicality of sorrow—it’s healthy to feel it

September 19, 2018

A bomb. An anvil. A wounded gazelle. A straw and the camel’s back. This is what sorrow felt like. It resembled heaviness. In one instant, everything I feared came true.…

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Embracing discouragement—Finding strength to overcome

September 12, 2018

Discouragement feels like Murphy’s law. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” This day was one of those days. It passed while I sat at my desk staring at…

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Should Christians have negative emotions?

September 5, 2018

It was drizzling as I walked to my car in the Target parking lot. It was the kind of drizzle that soaks you through if it has enough time. My…

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The act of settling unsettles us

August 29, 2018

Settle is an active verb. It requires a choice, a conscious decision that must be made. The word implies taking only a fraction of what one believes is due. Settling in…

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How to enjoy the relationships meant for you

August 22, 2018

I sat at one of the picnic tables at work. It was hot outside. A heat wave had settled in the region and I was feeling it. But I was…

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What do you see? What do you notice?

August 15, 2018

Truth be told, when I outlined this post about a month ago I had a slightly different lead in mind. I was going to talk about how we all want…

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Emotional Needs—We All Have Them…What Are Yours?

August 8, 2018

We are not all the same. We do not fit into the same categories. Yes, we are all humans; on that level, we are the same. But everything else…there are…

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