Bible studies, lifestyle ideas, tips and hints, all focused on encouraging those on the Christian journey.

  • Connections,  Encouragement

    From the Pit to the Rock

    I’m a fiction writer by trade, and that means people can find me. They can also let me know when I have disappointed them, angered them, and let them down by writing something they don’t like. Honestly, sometimes I wish I lived way back in the day when female writers were given male pen names and hidden in the shadows. As much as I love to write, I’m much too thin-skinned for the job, and this week someone’s harsh words reminded me just how true that is. Yes, I got one of those emails. Darkness pounced. Very often those who find something distasteful in my writing go right for the…

  • Do you want to get well banner, homeless man lying down
    Anxiety,  Bible Study,  Encouragement,  Lifestyle

    Do You Want to get Well?

    Jesus asks a lame man at a pool if he wants to get well. Turns out being healed can have unexpected consequences. If Jesus asks you if you want to get well, get ready for big changes not only in who you are but also in what Jesus means for you to do in the Kingdom.

  • Storm image for Don't be afraid post
    Anxiety,  Encouragement,  Soul Care

    Don’t Be Afraid

    True Confessions. When I read Don’t be afraid or Fear not in the Bible, I think of Jesus standing with his hands on his hips, frowning, scolding me. I mean, it’s a command, and it’s a command I break with frightening regularity, so Jesus is disappointed with me, right? Maybe angry? Someone recently helped me see these commands in a different light, and I want to share that light with you. (Thank you Carrie Mars for your devotion Calm Your Anxious Mind.) Picture the scene. You’re in bed in the dark, and a storm is raging outside. Wind pelts the house and rhythmically slaps rain against the windows. Shadows from…

  • Man in a cave, safe in God alone
    Anxiety,  Encouragement,  Lifestyle,  Soul Care

    Safe in God Alone

    Those who struggle with mental illness sometimes run into a wall when they look for treatment, as some think that the idea of God Alone caring for us means we can't look to the resources of God's world to help us. But maybe this isn't the right way to see things...