The 365 Days of Thanksgiving

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.—2 Thessalonians 5:16-18

One of my biggest regrets in life is that I didn’t journal more. My excuse has been that, as a writer, I write enough every single day, thank you very much, and I didn’t need to add more writing to my (more…)

What Is a Normal Family?

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:7

My husband came home from work one day and mentioned he had to go to my birthplace, Washington, D.C., on business for three days. Would I like to take the opportunity to go see my dad an hour outside town?

I had prayed for a chance (more…)

A Day in the Life

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31

I wake up just before the alarm goes off, and I decide it’s futile to fight, so I launch into a quick prayer time before my feet hit the ground, knowing they’ll hit the ground running. It’s a true winter’s morning (more…)

Being a Friend to the Grieving

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15

In the past week, we’ve learned of several families who have experienced sudden loss. No one welcomes grief in any season, but it’s especially unwelcome in the holiday season. And it’s not just the very recent losses that sting; it’s the losses of those who have long been (more…)