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Spiritual Freedom Isn’t a Free Gift

As Christians, we are the beneficiaries of so many good things from God, it’s nearly impossible to list them all. We spend a considerable amount of time in prayer and thanksgiving acknowledging that we are undeserving of them, which, of course, is true. He gives us...

Spiritual Freedom Isn't a Free Gift

How I Finally Overcame Mental Illness

Whoa…overcame? That’s a pretty bold statement in the title, even for me. Mental illness (anxiety, depression, PTSD) has dogged me most of my life, and handicapped me for a good portion of it. But not today. Not for a whole year. And now, I’m going to do my very...

Why I’ve Decided to Stop Drinking

Of all the vulnerable posts I’ve written (and there have been many), this one tops the charts, you guys. Maybe it’s because I’m writing this before I’ve had any success, any victory. Because normally, no matter how difficult the topic, I write these posts from a...

Why I've Decided to Stop Drinking

Facebook Friends and “Secret Sins”

Yesterday, to ease my guilt and get a few laughs, I put up a confession on my Facebook page. It read, True confession: I threw away a bunch of Easter candy in the trash so I wouldn’t eat it. Then later I took it back out again and ate it. It was true. I actually...

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 3

This week’s post is the last installment of a three-part series on lessons I learned from my stay in a 30-day residential treatment center. This week, I’m especially pumped to share something extremely practical and hands-on. A plan. A tool you can create (or...

Dying to My Old Self: A Eulogy

I’ve spent a lifetime pursuing emotional and spiritual wholeness, and I’ve come to learn that it’s pretty near impossible to find that kind of life without first experiencing death. No one likes death and dying, but they are necessary processes to get rid of the...

Diagnosis and Treatment

During a routine checkup, the doctor detected a heart murmur in one of my daughters. I tried to alleviate her fears by telling her that I have one too, and they are rarely a cause for worry. I also told her she might need an echocardiogram, which would display an...

This Template Will Change the Way You Pray

Ever feel like when you sit down to pray your mind instantly wanders? Or you feel so overwhelmed by your life you don't even know where to start? Me too. Turns out, you and I are not alone--and this is hardly a new problem. Though our modern lives are full of...

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No Offense, But You Offend Me

Ever hear someone start off their sentence with, "No offense, but..." and you KNOW they're about to say something offensive next? It's a common opening line for a person who's already offended at you, armed and ready to drop some judgmental truth bomb. And before...

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3 Sneaky Things That (Secretly) Become Idols

"I worship idols." Now there's a sentence I never thought I would utter. Yet, it's true--I do. It's probably true for all of us most of the time. I'm not suggesting that I have little statues I bow down to, or good luck charms in my pocket. I love Jesus, and I live...

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