Maybe you’ve never really thought about that question. Or maybe you shake your fist at him daily. Perhaps you’ve had a loss or tragedy occur in your life, and you can’t reconcile the idea that a loving, all powerful God could allow something so horrific. You’re not alone. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t at … More Are You Angry at God?
My latest novel, A Deadly Silence, soon to release, tackles the subject of pornography, sexual addiction and its potential for leading to domestic violence. This deadly force lurks in darkness and silence. Only by speaking about it, can we find hope, healing and redemption. Families are being destroyed, and while we might focus on the … More The Effects of Pornography on Our Children
I read something recently that challenged me to consider how I see my position in life. God tells us Jesus died to make us victorious, healed and free. So let’s flip our way of seeing how we approach life! You are not a sick person fighting to be well; you are a well … More Flip It
I’m not a trained or licensed counselor. That’s my disclaimer. But I have read dozens of books, spent hundreds of hours in counseling and led groups dealing with addictions. Most importantly, I’ve experienced addiction in some way for the majority of my life. Either being addicted or living with one. Here’s the simple truth. Whether … More The Effects of Addiction Trauma
Far back, as long ago as I can remember, I believed perfection was the key. I remember spilling a bottle of milk on the kitchen floor as I attempted to “help” my mom with the groceries. As a devastated three-year-old, an expectation formed in my soul and proved itself over and over in my life … More Letting Go of Expectations
The scene above may be humorous, but fear is nothing to joke about. God wired us with a healthy sense of fear to protect us from danger. But when fear dictates our lives, we can become trapped in patterns that destroy us. Here are a few things I’ve been learning about fear lately: Fear steals … More What Are You Afraid Of?
“I will break the yoke of bondage from your neck and tear off the chains…” Nahum 1:13 Say what? This verse from the old testament prophet spoke of the ancient oppression of the Assyrians. The Lord promised his people that their freedom would come from his hand. So what does that have to do … More Are You in Chains?
This weekend’s service at my church began a new series titled Life, Money, Hope: God’s Way Works. I’m excited about this series because I’ve found that the Bible really does have the answers to every situation in our lives. God knew what we would need to navigate life. He didn’t randomly throw things together and … More Can You Admit the Truth?
Sometimes moving our life forward means taking care of the past. It all started with a silly poem I made up for my daughter, Ashley, when she was little. The poem traveled around with me, visited various illustrator possibilities and spent months pinned up on my double, sliding closet door. In between, the being-refined poem … More Nearly 20 Years Later…
No, I’m not talking about guns. (But fun picture, isn’t it?) Milan and Kay Yerkovich define a trigger as …a strong reactive feeling about something that is happening in the present, a feeling turbocharged by a hurt in the past.” Ever have one of those? Yeah, I thought so. It took me years to understand … More What Triggers You?