Treetop View

When something difficult happens, or you lose something important, God doesn't expect you to ignore the disappointment and push the pain down with a religious smile painted on your face. For whatever may be going on, it's a process that's deeper and more complex than just taking clinical steps from denial to acceptance. It's a …

Be Blessed

“Bless” is a familiar word in church culture and narcissistic hashtags. But the reality of blessing is rarely used in everyday life. I think the lack of intentional blessing is one of the biggest reasons so many people, cities, and nations are such a mess. We neglect, or even refuse, to honor our spouses when …

Un-Afraid

"There were those . . . who set out to discourage them, and make them too afraid to go on building" (Ezra 4:4). The word used for “afraid” in this verse means to be paralyzed in fear, so overwhelmed you forget who you are and whose you are. No more. You’re not a victim, and …

Un-Broken

When your heart is broken, the pain is more than figurative. The damage to your soul can make you feel like a different person, one incapable of experiencing love, joy, and peace. You try to put your heart back together, but every disappointment and stressful situation shatters it again. So you protect the pieces by …