Why Hurt People Hurt People

Two summers ago, Ike and I endured a situation that we never hope to relive. I can’t go into the specifics of it, but the bare bones of it is this: we were treated horribly by a person we could not escape. We were forced to be around him for a period of time while…
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Bent

Years ago, before we moved to Chicago and were still living in Durham, my pastor used a sermon illustration that I’ve never forgotten. He compared the average Christian’s faith to a balloon, one filled not with helium but with air. He said that each week, many Christians come to church expecting their pastor to bat…
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Struggling To Make Sense Of Life When A Parent Leaves

Two nights ago Ike put our son to bed, walked into the living room, settled in on the couch, then turned to me and smiled. “Do you know what Isaac just did? He hugged me, told me he loved me, and said ‘Goodnight.’ He’s never done that before.” As he spoke, Ike’s voice began to…
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Why I Cannot “Do All Things”

Here’s something I learned this week: Although you would never know it from the movies, you should never save a drowning person by diving in after them. Not at first, anyway. When a person is drowning, you should use a pole or a buoy, or lie down on the ground and reach out with your…
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What She Really Means When She Compliments Your Shoes

Have you ever received a compliment that made you feel worse? I once received one of those compliments at a women’s church event. It wasn’t a back-handed compliment and it wasn’t intended to make me feel less than. It was sincere as can be, but something about it made my spirit lurch. I walked into…
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