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What to Do When You’ve Done the Unspeakable

I was furious with Leif last week. Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Cherie. Cherie Lowe is an author, speaker and hope bringer. Her book Slaying the Debt Dragon details her family’s quest to eliminate over $127K in debt in just under four years. As her alter ego the Queen of Free, Cherie provides offbeat money saving tips and debt slaying inspiration on a daily basis.

Why God Doesn't Care About Your Debt

by Cherie Lowe

I was sitting in the back left corner of the worship gathering at our church.

In a place where I knew I was loved.

In a place where I experienced grace.

In a place where I was certain I heard God’s voice.

Running my fingers along the grooves of the purple upholstered chairs, I recounted my own mistakes and fears. They were more numerous than the dollars that we owed and left me feeling glued to my seat, not wanting to go anywhere, not really listening to the message of Hope being spoken over my life.

When my husband Brian totaled our debt just days before, I could barely believe my eyes. Over $127K emblazoned at the top of that legal notepad. All of those months, I sent in payments–the minimums of course. All of those months, I bought the groceries and made sure our daughter had shoes that fit. All of those months, I had never stopped to count the total cost.

What were we going to do now? Continue Reading...

The Most Daring Question You’ll Ever Ask

My writing career began almost 20 years ago as intern at Christian Retailing magazine in Lake Mary, Florida. College provided a diploma but little of what I needed to survive in the 9 to 5 or, more important, the 5 to 9 of life.

Thrust into the world of publishing, the job became my training ground, the editors my schoolmasters, the readers my biggest fans and critics.

Countless hours were consumed with proofing, fact-checking, and the less-than-glamorous photocopying. But I learned the most about writing—and life—from hundreds of interviews.

Some people were breathtaking in their insight and depth. Others felt flimsy and shallow.

A few interviews provided rich accounts, compelling details, shocking anecdotes. Many did not. The stories that followed felt flat, unengaging.

As a naïve twentysomething, I thought the issue was them. The people.

Then one day I realized the real issue was me. Continue Reading...

What C.S. Lewis Got Wrong About Joy

The recent discovery of an unpublished letter by C.S. Lewis is raising eyebrows and interest around the globe. Penned less than two weeks before the end of World War II to a mysterious “Mrs. Ellis”, the letter provides a rare glimpse into Lewis’ definition of joy. He writes:

“Real joy … jumps under ones ribs and tickles down one’s back and makes one forget meals and keeps one (delightedly) sleepless o’ nights” (The Guardian).

While I adore Lewis’ lively language, I find the great scholar doing what so many have done in the church for far too long: defining joy by that which seems just out of reach.

But what if the great secrets of joy are accessible to us today? Continue Reading...

How to Have a Christmas to Remember

Maybe this week hasn’t gone as planned.

Long lines at the store. Grumpy customers. Only a few gifts under the tree. A misunderstanding with your in-laws. The overcooked meal. Overdraft fees. Late dinner guests. An empty home.

The weeks leading up to Christmas are often filled with lists and lines, to-dos and to-don’ts.

If we’re not careful, a season meant to bring the greatest joy, can steal our joy. Continue Reading...