How to Get Through Our Brokenness

Have you ever heard of kintsugi? It is the Japanese art of repairing broken things with gold. When a piece of pottery is put back together after shattering, the cracks are highlighted, not hidden. Instead of gluing it back together as if it had never been broken, the artist uses the very brokenness to make the…

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Resisting the Urge to Complain

It’s contagious, isn’t it? The need to complain about every single obstacle in our path, every single setback in our life; to lament every single time something doesn’t go the way we had hoped or planned. I have discovered this truth again and again, even in my own life: Misery loves company. And if we…

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5 Ways God’s Creation Can Connect Us Back to Him

“Nature is but a name for an effect, whose cause is God.” -William Cowper I grew up on my family’s farm in rural Ohio, spending more time outdoors than indoors most days. I knew the land so well I could find my way around the hundreds of acres my family farmed even in the dark…

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How to Know the Truth About Our Spiritual Health: The Fruits of the Spirit

“Are you growing in your faith?” my pastor asked the congregation. “Are you actually moving forward in your walk with Christ?” He paused, giving the crowd a chance to reflect on their own lives, and I frowned. What does that even mean? I wondered. My mind spun and I found it impossible to refocus on…

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3 Ways to Set Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

It seems to be the most popular New Year’s Resolution of all time: to lose weight. We watch countless weight loss ads on television in between our favorite shows, and we see them in magazines. You know, the ones that shout at you: “Energize Your Weight Loss!”, “Lose Weight and Keep It Off!”, and “Reach…

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How to Survive the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional and I strongly urge anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder to get help by confiding in a parent, trusted friend, pastor, doctor or counselor. Can you believe it? Here we are, already in the midst of the holidays again. Having Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years…

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