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When You Need the Courage to Face Today

Are you having one of those days? Your feet just hit the floor and you already want to climb back into bed.

Bills piled on the counter. That phone call you’ve been dreading. A jam-packed schedule. Kiddos who won’t stop arguing. Stuck in traffic. Waiting for treatment. Relationships hanging on by a thread.

We’ve all been there. You aren’t alone.

Friend, can I encourage you? No matter what adversity you are facing today, God will meet you there. [Tweet this] Whether you’re feeling vulnerable, lost, alone, or angry today, God won’t shy away.

Here are a few of my favorite verses that get me through those dirty-dog-bad days. [Tweet this] Read them quietly. Recite them aloud. Cling to these truths and promises even in this: Continue Reading...


Lent 2014: The 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge

If you’ve read Wonderstruck or been following this blog, then you know that I’ve fallen head over heels for Lent. Over the last few years, I’ve come to believe that the 40 days leading up to Easter can be some of the most life-giving, perspective-changing, hope-filled days of the entire year—not just for me, but for you.

Lent 2014: The 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge

Here’s how: Continue Reading...

 The Secret to Reigniting Your Faith

Over the years, I’ve discovered a secret to reigniting your faith—even when it seems impossible:  Continue Reading...

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Over the last few years I’ve slowly been learning and relearning the power of rest, the gift of the Sabbath. In Wonderstruck, I confessed:

“Most days, I felt like I was running on a fuming treadmill on full incline. Exhausted and burned out, I was running with an empty gas tank and no energy. In embracing the wonder of rest, I’ve learned that freedom isn't found in tossing the treadmill, but in finding a maintainable pace.” –from Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God

Over the last few years, I’ve been discovering and rediscovering the wonder of one of God’s most gracious and delicious gifts: rest.

Maybe, like me, you’ve allowed this gift to slip through your fingers like sand. Or maybe, like me, you’ve had rest ripped from your grasp because of the adversity you’re facing.

Whatever the cause, here are 3 things to remember if you’re feeling burned out or just flat tired: Continue Reading...

How to Slow Down Today

Last Friday, I hopped in my car and buzzed down our street off to run errands.

My mind flooded with what I needed to get done that day, the grocery list, and a full inbox waiting for me on my computer. I was feeling overwhelmed by all the to-dos I had to check off.

As I was driving, a brown, furry friend sauntered in the middle of the street. Continue Reading...