Who Am I?

This week we’re sharing a testimony written by a 20-year-old college student who was floundering regarding her identity as both a young woman and as a believer before she began to work through The Cry of the Hidden Heart with a mentor.  Four weeks into the study, the fog started to lift as once again […]

PeaceMAKERS? or PeaceKEEPERS?

I used to look down my nose (literally) at those “Co-Exist” bumper stickers because my mind has always gone to the big push for tolerance — tolerance of every stripe and color and doctrine. In other words, line up all your belief systems on the shelf and pick one; they’re all equal. But lately, it’s […]

A Memorable Gift

 “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession. And through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” II Corinthians 2:14 If you haven’t yet found that perfect gift for your beloved or other dear ones, here’s a thought: a fragrance. I understand this is not a new […]

From Rust to Riches

As I walked into the “Rusted Chandelier” last week I was met with an overwhelming sense of intimidation and fear. First of all, the shop’s name belies its wares; there is no rusted chandelier. The shiny baubles and sparkles, twinkling lights and my favorite, the rows and rows of gorgeous ribbons, were fabulous. But at […]

Your Choice: Victim or Victor

Part II

We pick up Susan and Bill’s story where we left off last week. While Susan had been totally pre-occupied with her significant health issues, her fears had caused their twenty-year marriage to be put on hold. Feeling like a failure as a husband unable to fix his wife (as he had been his family of […]

Your Choice: Victim or Victor

Part I

We only have to recall the Genesis account of the lightning-like speed with which that first marriage dissolved from marital bliss into betrayal to realize that relationships are fragile—especially marriage relationships. The splintering can take many forms, but sooner or later, blaming sets in. Lysa TerKeurst wrote, “It is impossible to hold up the banners […]

Wanted: PR Agents!

Have you ever thought of yourself as a PR agent? As the Catholic writer Joseph Bottum observed, we live in an anxious age. And right at the top of the list for many is anxiety over the sustainability of the institution of marriage. The word has gone out over the air waves that marriage is […]

Echoes of Eden

A Survival Guide for the Election Season and Beyond

As we go through this heated, nasty, hyped-up election season, do you ever feel like you’ve been exiled to another planet? Or that you’d like to be? While fiery rhetoric is not new to our democratic process, the coarseness on the campaign trail this season seems to have dropped to a new low – a […]

Planting Seeds for the Next Generation

 “I will sing of the steadfastness love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 89:1 Those of us who are mothers know that from their infancy on we are prone to making comparisons of our own children with their peers, carefully charting their development with “the […]

The Best is Yet to Come

 “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18 Sometimes weddings seem to take on a life of their own by giving us a little taste of heaven: the pageantry of the groom with his attendants eagerly awaiting his beloved; all in attendance rising in anticipation as the […]