“How to” Posts on Faith and Living Category

The Truth About Time

If you had to identify one thing keeping you from being and pursuing who you are called to be, what would that one thing be? I bet many of us would give variations of the same answer: “Not. Enough. Time.” We are constantly bombarded with the dilemma of having too much of everything—work, friends, commitments, […]

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When God Feels Absent

You may remember what shock came over the world after Mother Teresa’s death in 1999 when some of her writings were divulged to the public. She wrote not of the inner bliss of peace and joy during her many years of service, as we might expect, but of her inner struggles of “dryness… darkness… loneliness” […]

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Four Ways to Prepare [Spiritually] for Christmas

I was delightfully reading a new little Advent devotional (by John Piper) I was sampling on my Kindle when I was hit with these words: “Don’t let Christmas find you unprepared. I mean spiritually unprepared.” Yikes. I went from delightfully reading to desperately panicking in seconds: what does it mean to be spiritually prepared for […]

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A Prayer {for the Brokenhearted} this Advent

As I stood at the podium ready to serve as the prayer liturgist at my church on Sunday, not only was I frazzled and out of breath from racing to the front just in time to pass off my 18-month-old daughter to my husband, but as I began the prayer I was unexpectedly (and slightly […]

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What Keeps You from Praying for Healing?

I was once talking to a friend who began telling me about this strange rash she had developed over night. She woke up and was alarmed at the hive-looking red patches covering her body. The first question out of my mouth was, “Oh my gosh, did you go to the doctor?” “Well…” she paused. “It […]

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