Posts

graphic image of an elephant crying

5 Better Measures of Success

/
We all crave for success, but how do we know when we’ve really “made it”?You might feel like you’re far from successful, or your life has been marked by disappointments, failures, and setbacks. But when God’s the one defining our success, we know that He has a different set of measures in mind. What really matters to God’s heart when it comes to success? Here are some suggestions.

Do Temptations Come from God?

/
Two weeks after Christmas, I excitedly ripped open a letter from my mom and chuckled when I found a neatly handwritten thank-you note inside. She had always reminded me about the importance of good manners, and it felt like her note was a genuine thank-you as well as a subtle reminder to send my own Christmas notes.

A Quick Summary Of James 1:1-15

/
It's time to consolidate what we've learned from James so far.…

Seeking Wisdom For Trials

/
Last October, I was retrenched from my job without warning after working there for about two years. The following month, my girlfriend’s father, who had motor neuron disease, was admitted to hospital. He died two months later.

Joy In Trials

/
Imagine you’ve just had another bad one in a long series of terrible days. You wonder how things could get any worse. And then, as you sit down with a good friend—who should know better—he says, “Great! Good for you! I hope you’re considering yourself blessed!” Wouldn’t that be so inappropriate? Wouldn’t you want to slap him?
The Rejected & the Redeemer

The Rejected and the Redeemer

/
When we look at Jesus’ life, we see that he had many radical interactions with people who were marginalized—those who had fallen to the fringes of society because of sin, shame, judgment, or even physical defect and sickness. 

4 Weapons For Battling Anxiety in Difficult Seasons

/
Fresh waves of anxiety threatened to pull me under. Honestly? I felt like God had played me. I trusted Him when I left the business I co-founded. I trusted Him to order my steps towards purpose. And I trusted Him when I prayerfully entered that relationship.

Yes, God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle

/
I looked over at One-Ear, who was lying nearby, knocked out by the local anesthesia.  Hot, salty tears began to form in my eyes and run down my cheeks, as the reality of saying goodbye to my loyal little companion of 19 years hit home. Not this too, Lord. Walking home afterward with my cat’s empty carrier in my limp hand was like trying to wade through fast-setting concrete. The trials and mental anguish l had endured in the previous 12 months—depressive episodes, burnout, and agoraphobia—weighed me down until l felt like l couldn’t take another step.

When Life Doesn’t Go as Expected

/
Who am I? What am I here for? I used to think these two great questions could be answered once, then put aside. As we prayed for direction, discovered our gifts, and pursued our passions, we would find the one big thing we were meant to do with our lives. Now I’m not so sure.