How to pray when life is easy

Sometimes I have to remind my young adult children “don’t just text me when you’re having a problem. Get in touch when things are going well.” I am

How to pray when you’re tempted

A bag of leftover Halloween candy sat in our pantry tempting me to slip in my hand and take one piece as I passed the doorway. I knew

How to Pray When You’re Fuming

Sometimes, I’d rather stay furious than take seriously the words in the Bible: don’t go to bed angry. I find some satisfaction in being annoyed. If I back

How to pray when fear is close and God is far

Why is it God often seem distant in the middle of trouble? Often, when we’re struggling, he seems silent. I remember crying out to God when my six-week-old

How to pray when you don’t feel respectable

We’re on our way to church. Three teenagers squashed together in the back of the car. My husband was driving and me applying last minute make-up in the

Join God in Caring for the Poor

To live with Jesus is to live with the poor. To live with the poor is to live with Jesus.   -Jean Vanier, philosopher and theologian. As my husband

2 Ways to be a Blessing to Others

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. -Aristotle There’s no doubt that the habits of parents rub off on their children.  When our children were younger,

How to Make a Difference

Mother Theresa is quoted as saying, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” Like Mother Theresa,

Having Confidence in God in Times of Distress

Previously, we have understood that God is unwavering in being there for us, even when we fail to be completely committed to him. We have remembered how he

The Power of Remembering

Whenever I read about the Israelites after God rescued them from slavery in Egypt, I am always shocked at how incapable they were at trusting God. Of course,