It seems whenever I write on a topic, a battle suddenly blazes in that very area. Often it’s steeped with emotions.
Does that happen to you, too?
Maybe it’s not with writing, but simply with spiritual growth. You’re making progress, growing spiritually and leaving ways of the past behind. Then suddenly, BAM! A fire ignites and you’re battling once again. I’m there with you, friend.
Often, the battle is an indication we’re making tracks in the right direction. #GoJesus!
Emotions sporadically drove my faithmobile for years. But you know what following emotions really is? It’s following the heart. And the Bible warns of the danger.
Here’s an article I wrote for ibelieve.com about conversations I’ve had with my own kids on this very topic. It’s called Why I Urge My Children Not To Follow Their Heart, and it’s filled with God’s truth, words for each of us to tuck in our heart and use well. Enjoy!
When Holidays Feel Heavy, How do we Find Thanks?
The holidays are blowing in like a brisk, north wind. And to some, their arrival feels bitter and cold. The missing loved one we’re grieving leaves us open to the raw, chilling elements of life. It happens, especially when our loved one leaves this earth just before we head into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
Here’s a thanksgiving piece published last week on Life Letter Cafe. I wrote it last year, shortly after my own father’s death. It was a time when finding thanksgiving was a forced effort. But it was also a foundation for what the Lord was about to do just 2 months later. (Noted in this piece.) My hope is it brings encouragement for those hurting, a reminder that God truly is our comforter. Opportunity to thank Him abounds, even when grief closes in.