When Encouragement Comes Full Circle

When Encouragement Comes Full Circle

After several months of intense ministry, I took a deep breath. Although I could feel I was almost maxed out and something in my soul was off kilter, I continued to do what needed to be done. Because that is what we do. Because the needs are so great. I didn’t realize...

God’s Truth and Grace; Why I Love Trochia

Anne Lamott, a famous writing coach, has said that to write is to tell the truth. It’s a romantic notion, of course, and as a writer myself I love the idea of writing something brave and truthful. But it’s actually not true, any more than “to speak is to tell the...
How to Encourage, One Adjective at a Time

How to Encourage, One Adjective at a Time

Because I do not have the spiritual gift of encouragement, I have to work at it. Through the years, I have learned how important it is to send a card, speak a kind word or take the time to let a co-worker know I believe in her. Other encouragers have taught me how to...
PTSD and God

PTSD and God

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not only suffered by wartime soldiers. Many abuse victims also suffer with it. People like me. It happens like this: you’re having a normal day, when all of a sudden you find yourself feeling powerless. Outwardly you haven’t...
Learning to Be the Church

Learning to Be the Church

Beth and I settled into a booth for our girlfriend time and shared a gift card for a soup and salad lunch. After prayer to bless our food, I asked, “So what’s happening at your church these days?” “I’m not going to church anymore,” Beth answered. “What? Why not? Did...