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...

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Most of the definitions I have heard about joy (and probably you, too) define it more by what it isn’t than what it is. I constantly heard that happiness is based on circumstance but joy is not.

I am now convinced the writers of the Bible would say that, the reason we have joy is because we have great circumstances. If you are a child of God, you are drenched in the grace and mercy of God. Who has better circumstances than that?

You have joy

If you're not experiencing joy, perhaps it's because your definition of joy is too narrow.

For the last three years, I’ve been on a spiritual expedition. Digging into the more than 400 references of joy, happiness, merriment, rejoicing, singing, dancing in the Bible.

I’ve discovered joy as so much more than I ever thought or have been taught.

That’s why I want to invite you to lay hold of a deeper, more robust joy than you’ve ever known before.

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Together, we’re going to challenge what we’ve been taught about joy and examine it through the lens of Scripture.


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Read Fight Back With Joy Before Anyone Else: Join the PartyMob

Dear Friend,

If we’re connected on social media, you may have heard that I was diagnosed with cancer and have been on a challenging journey. I made the decision to focus on what God was speaking to me during that time and spend as many seconds as I possibly could with my family.

The trade-off was that I didn’t post updates about my treatments or details about my suffering. I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me and even though I felt so many prayers and was so touched by the outpouring of love, I also felt a little guilty. Would people think that I was sharing because I wanted attention? Cancer does crazy things sometimes.  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...