Should You Ask People Not to Pray For You?

Some atheists and agnostics are totally weirded out by the idea of someone praying for them....more
Absolutely, and that's the only way I've ever heard it said either.  And at least half the time ...more

Why It's So Hard to Show Up at Church

I woke up this morning, picked up my phone, clicked on the little notes icon and typed these words: I miss church. I do....more
I've had these feelings before, but my church is pretty laid back about attendance. Usually if ...more

How To Use Solstice As A Parent To Practice Forgiveness

New year’s resolutions are great. There’s a natural momentum to a new year that packs the gym and inspires us to make our beds or refrain from watching reality TV. However, the time before the new year—namely, the Solstice—is also a powerful, sacred time. The Solstice, December 21st, when we shift from the darkest part of the year back into the ever-increasing light, is a perfect time to clear the old to make room for the new. ...more
jcubed03 You and me both!more

WW - Winter is leaving

Admittedly not as catchy as "winter is coming" but I like the sound of it so much more. This coming Monday (February 2nd) is auspicious for many reasons....more

We will not be destroyed

Yesterday, as I am sure you are well aware, was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp Auschwitz - Birkenau. We have been told the numbers all our lives, so we will never forget. Six million Jewish people were exterminated, of which 1.2 million were children.The survivors are getting older and fewer in number. Many of them travelled back to that time in their lives that they wish could be forgotten. For the last time of their lives and probably one of the last milestone anniversary events that there will still be survivors to return back there....more

Why Do We Believe What we Believe?

Family religion tradition....more

A New Beginning

Journeying With Jesus

How you met Jesus is always the most beautiful story, no matter how it began. You see, God is after us before we ever even make our entrance into this world. Whether we know it or choose not to open our eyes to it, we are the most loved we will ever be before we could even hold our head up. There is nothing we can do to earn God's love or His favor. We already have it....more

Breaking The Blues

Ups And Downs; Fits And Starts

I have never shown a house for sale before. Our last house was sold to a friend who had been in the house several times, and she just came over and toured the whole thing (not just the public spaces) before she made us an offer. It was on the market for less than 24 hours - actually, she made an offer before it hit the MLS but we had already signed with a Realtor so they listed it....more

Don’t Be Troubled or Perplexed by Trials. Welcome Adversity. You Have to be Defeated Before You Can Have Victory

In life, we always will encounter obstacles that will either test our faith or cause us to doubt what we already believe. Oftentimes, adversity will present itself that we may humble ourselves before we look up to see the Lord. Have faith in what we cannot see....more

Doubt is a Virtue (or How Doubting Thomas Got a Bad Rap)

Doubting Thomas got a bad rap....more