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The Joycast with guest Christine Caine

The Joycast with guest Christine Caine

Subscribe on iTunes Listen on Spotify How many of you have sat down at a table and had an unexpected conversation and something changed? Your pre-conceptions about someone were dismantled. Your anger or bitterness toward another was thawed. These little miracles...

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How to Become the Host or Hostess With the Mostess

How to Become the Host or Hostess With the Mostess

Most of us are skilled at hiding our own shortcomings in everyday life. But have you ever noticed that something happens when you gather around the table? Our warts have a way of coming out. If you don’t believe me…think back to a holiday meal. Most of us can recount...

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5 Ways To Help Heal Broken Hearts During the Holidays

Hot cider. Homemade treats. Music in the air. A dusting of snow. A bright lit tree. The giggles of children. The lighting of the candles. The carving of the meat. The scents and sounds of the holiday season lunge and linger. Yet for some, the holidays are painful. The...

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The Secret to the Best Thanksgiving Ever

Thanksgiving is upon us. There’s much to mourn, to celebrate, to give thanks. But amid the food and family, I have something I ache for you. Something I discovered while spending time with a family who lacked indoor plumbing or electric. Leif and I had traveled to a...

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How to Develop Soft Eyes This Holiday Season

Bright lights. Crowded stores. Traffic jams. Over the upcoming weeks, you’ll find moments of joy and delight, but also sparks of stress and frustration. In all the doing and going, the lists to fulfill, the chores that must be done, the projects that can’t wait any...

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Join the launch team for Taste and See!

When I wrote Fight Back With Joy, I honestly thought it might be my last book. So it’s with great celebration, a 10-second dance party, and some serious woot woot, that I get to announce to the world the launch of Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers,...

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My Unforgettable Time With Eugene Peterson

Several years ago, I spent a week studying Writing & The Pastoral Life with wise, raspy-voiced Eugene Peterson. This is the man who reminded us that the Bible was often penned by poets, the man who taught us that beautiful prose can undo the human heart. That...

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A Fresh Approach to Prayer (You’ve Never Heard Of)

My friend, Elisa Morgan, is a gifted writer, speaker and founder of MOPS. She recently slipped a special book into my hands called The Prayer Coin along with an actual coin. One side read, “Honest,” and the other, “Abandon.” At first, I didn’t understand. Praying with...

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