THIS IS A TEST

TEST. In grade school, that four-letter word could send chills down my spine, especially if I wasn’t expecting it. Spelling tests, history tests, biology tests. We grew up being tested on things in order to build our knowledge and prepare us for the future....

NEW LYRICS

Sometimes I check in on the top 100 songs on Spotify just to see what our culture is listening to these days. Then I remember why I don’t do that very often. When the lyrics aren’t outright ridiculous or meaningless, they’re often sickening. But the reality is that...

Kill the Weeds

With all of its benefits, social media has also swung a door of comparison and envy wide open. 15 years ago, we could not compare our lives to the lives of thousands of others around the world, but now we can, and do regularly. Envy causes a lot of problems in our...

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

We are our own worst critics. We know the stuff no one else knows or sees. We know the things we cover up and put filters on for social media. We know our insufficiencies, our failures, our regrets, and our guilt. Sometimes we even live in fear that others will find...

Grace Carriers

How was your Monday? Mine began with my iPhone falling off the hood of my car and getting run over in the street, shattering it into expensive, skin-cutting shards. That event began a chain reaction of long phone calls, unplanned purchases, being late to meetings, and...

“SHOULDEES OR HOLDEES”

My five-year old son has a problem with his legs. At least he says he does. He seems to have an allergic reaction to shopping and malls in general. The moment we walk in, his legs stop working and he asks to be carried by one of us. Sometimes he literally collapses in...