God’s Pressure Release Valve

My mother always told me that tears are good for the soul, but why? There are several reasons tears are good for us. Let me give you a framework to begin with. They are a signal for God to release His goodness and power into our lives. John 16:20 tells us God will turn ourContinue reading “God’s Pressure Release Valve”

How We Find Peace in the Moment and Bring Out Joy

For a very long time, I was a seeker of peace. After all, peace is what I was taught to pursue. To me, having peace meant happiness. Even more profound, having peace meant going beyond happiness and into joy. I have come to realize that joy is peace expressed. When inner peace overtakes the soul,Continue reading “How We Find Peace in the Moment and Bring Out Joy”

Habits that Heal

Have you become sloppy in your good habits lately? No doubt, during these difficult times, many of us have deviated from our usual healthy routines. We have been all about comfort, and we should be. Yet, many have also ran to the habits that have comforted more than healed—things like eating junk food, watching stuffContinue reading “Habits that Heal”

Concealed Weapons

When something is concealed, it is hidden from human exposure. Concealing occurs to keep others from knowing something, either for our protection or for someone else’s destruction. Weapons are not always material. Sometimes they are hidden truths about ourselves we don’t want to expose. Often for our perceived protection, these also can bring just asContinue reading “Concealed Weapons”

Re-evaluating The Hard Things: Talking About Shame

When you were growing up, have you ever heard someone say to a child, “You should be ashamed of yourself!” This usually came after  some perceived error in judgment or just plain bad behavior. I wonder if any parent ever stopped to think about those words and what they might mean when someone becomes anContinue reading “Re-evaluating The Hard Things: Talking About Shame”