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3 Myths about Hope

“The problem with wagging our fingers at oppressed people who use force in their struggles for freedom is that we’re overlooking an important fact: namely, that the force of resistance necessary for their liberation is determined by the severity of the oppression they face. The amount of force necessary to liberate oneself from an oppressive power […]

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When You Experience Your Worst Day…Again

When asked to think about my very worst day, several pop up at once in my mind. I wonder if I’m alone in this or if others have experienced their “worst day” more than once. I suppose that is a part of being human with imperfect relationships in an uncertain world. It truly feels awful […]

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Technology and The Worst Day of My Life

​I remember the day like it was yesterday, the excitement and anxiety. I was plagued with anticipation, my hands were sweaty, and my heart was racing. What would this day be like? What would transpire on the days that followed? I had questions, I had reservations, but I was going all-in. However, this particular day […]

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Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety

“The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass.” -Mark 4:39 This morning, anxiety slapped me in the face before I even opened my eyes. Like a glass of freezing water, it jolted me from restful sleep. What a bully. There are times when I feel such shame because the anxiety persists. Sometimes, I […]

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How to Find Jesus When Life Sucks

A friend of mine sent me a message recently that read, “Life sucks.” And I responded, “Yep. It’s a promise from Jesus.”

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Hope for the Forsaken: A Doxology in Darkness

I am grateful for the example Jesus lives out for us during his darkest night of the soul. He knows what a deadly cocktail despair and loneliness create. If you’re feeling forsaken, read this article for two things that can help.

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#ImStillHereBecause

The #ImStillHereBecause hashtag is trending on Twitter today. These things catch my eye because they open the door to share my story. And we’re all longing for someone to share their story and remind us that we’re not alone. This is my story.

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Hope for When Your Life Doesn’t Feel Normal

If you were to look at my life today – husband, father, and hard worker – you’d probably say it seems pretty typical. But my life hasn’t always been that way.

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Why I Think Hope is the Thing with Claws

“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as […]

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A Promise of Hope and Healing in the Next Generation

Last week, I had the distinct honor of speaking to two groups of high school students in New York. My friend and colleague, Sarah Fader, and I talked about mental health, stress, self-care, bullying, and panic disorder. At the end of each session, we answered questions from the class (always my favorite part of any […]