Let Hope Lead

Your brain wants answers, but your heart wants hope. That's why God speaks to your heart first, because the hope he gives doesn't disappoint. Hope is how love sees the world, because love anticipates experiencing the goodness of God, regardless of what’s going on around you. When your heart is at rest in God's love, …

Love Note

Before letting fear, resentment, or self-pity take over you’re how you’re dealing with difficult people and circumstances, stop and take a deep breath. Take another. Let your shoulders relax. Close your eyes and focus on one thought: you are entirely loved by God. Without condition, without performing for it, you are completely loved. Despite the …

Branch Office

When you lose something—or someone —important, God doesn't expect you to ignore the pain with a religious smile painted on your face. For whatever may be going on, it's a process that's deeper and more complex than just taking clinical steps from denial to acceptance. It's a journey with him. For me, that journey begins …

Upgrade

If people have to agree with you before you'll express some measure of acceptance, appreciation, or affection, then it's not really love you're giving them, it's a grade. And the deeper truth is that you’re not grading them as much as you’re grading your own heart—judging how much emotional strength it will cost you to …

Time In

One of the enemy's biggest traps is tempting you to fixate on lost time—anguishing over mistakes, bitterly holding on to offenses, obsessing over what might have been. There may be areas of your past God wants to heal, and forgiveness you need to give to get beyond an offense. But he doesn’t want you to …