• 3 Things to Remember When You Feel Discouraged

    Know what the soundtrack of my life is right now? The rhythm of a nail gun and the whine of a power saw. Yep, we’re in the middle of a renovation project that’s got me living out my HGTV dreams.  I was telling a friend, though, that at first, every day seemed like “demo day,”…

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  • 3 Ways to Amp Your Joy

    Cruising into week three of a Joy30–a month of meditating on God’s truth about joy, and one truth stands out: some days you just have to choose gladness. As in, “This is the day the Lord has made. I WILL rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps 118:24). I’m not advocating that we fake happy…

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  • When You Face Tough Truth, Let Joy Make You Strong

    “You need to put your armor on. You’re going out there spiritually naked.”   Ouch. Spiritually naked? Me? I had just confided to a ministry veteran that I was battling terrible doubts and anxiety every time I shared my writing online. Tottering out there on my “social media platform,” I had perpetual stage fright magnified…

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