Facing the Enemies of my Marriage

I’d done it again: said the words I shouldn’t have said. Critiqued when I should have encouraged. And the person I love more than anyone else felt the brunt of my barbs. Why is it that the people we care the most for often receive the ugliest, unrestrained aspects of us? Sometimes I need to […]

What Really Scares You?

Our family launched a new practice this year: we now have enough Nerf guns to have a battle. Turning nearly all the lights out and taking teams, we establish ourselves on opposite ends of the house and slowly make our way toward one another. Three shots and you are out of the game. The kids […]

When You Feel Forgotten

This admission embarrasses me, but in an attempt to certify my understanding, I’ll share it: as a kid I craved popularity. I didn’t just desire to be one of the “in” chicks, but I wanted to be liked by everyone. I wanted my parents to enjoy me as well as my peers. Maybe I craved […]

A Face-off with the Green-eyed Monster

“We all stumble in many ways” James tells us (James 3:2). Everyone, regardless of personality or privilege, will struggle with their flesh. The concern comes when we stumble but don’t struggle. In other words, am I giving in to my sinful inclinations–today, envy–or am I fighting against it? Do I excuse it (or even nurture […]