How I fell in love with Jesus (Part 1)

Thank you for your patience! When I promised this post two weeks ago I somehow didn't think to consider that we were planning to move and how that might disrupt my posting. The following is actually an excerpt from my book Tasting Dirt: When You're Disappointed With God (Coming Soon!!) I'm both excited and anxious …

How To Lead Your Feelings: Loneliness

Social distancing, isolation, quarantine, stay-at-home, these are all terms we are much more acquainted with than we were just a month ago. But you don't have to be isolated to feel lonely. Even if you're an essential worker and are still on the job, or if you're working from home while trying to finish your …

How Easter Leads Us Out of Shame

Shame.It's more than guilt.Guilt says, "I have done something bad." Shame says, "I am bad." It's more than embarrassment.Embarrassment says, "Others disapprove of what I've done."Shame says, "Others disapprove of me." Shame is the soul crushing weight of believing "I am worthless. I have nothing of value to offer, so no one values me. I …

The Global Pandemic is Trauma

Today I'm going to step back from the How To Lead Your Feelings series to share a podcast that has helped me be honest with myself about how I'm currently handling the stress of the pandemic compared to how I want to handle it. The Allender Center Podcast, hosted by Dr. Dan Allender and Rachael …

How To Lead Your Feelings: Lizard

Have you ever gotten stuck? Physically stuck, wedged, trapped, unable to move?Many of us feel stuck right now. Our physical movement is limited to essential travel only with potentially heavy consequences for going about our normal lives. It's very stressful. This situation can also cause us to get emotionally stuck in cycles of fear, anger, …

How To Lead Your Feelings: Anger

Earlier today Steven took our toddler, Declan, out to our minivan so he could pretend to drive while Steven loaded some recycling. Declan loves to sit in the front seat, move the steering wheel, and honk the horn. He hates when it's time to be done.When Steven brought Declan back inside the house he screamed …

How To Lead Your Feelings: Nap Time

Usually I write long posts, but this time I'll get straight to the point - it's nap time. One of my favorite pastors and all-around human beings, Dr. Joel C. Hunter, once said, "Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do in your situation is take a nap."I hope you feel as much freedom to …

How To Lead Your Feelings: Love

At first, love might not strike you as a feeling that needs led. Especially in our "follow your heart" culture. It seems like you either feel love or you don't. If you do then great! If not, well, you better start looking for it again. But what if love could be chosen? Love, like the …

How To Lead Your Feelings: Fear

Honestly, I'm afraid to write this post. I'm afraid every time I write a blog post, and I'm definitely afraid to publish my book, Tasting Dirt: When Your're Disappointed With God. I feel fear about a lot of different things. So do you, because fear is part of being human. Fear has a very beneficial …

How To Lead Your Feelings: Happiness

Have you ever heard/read that "God is more interested in your holiness than your happiness" or "God is more concerned about our character than our comfort?"Did you just wilt a little inside? I noticed a growing sadness even as I typed those sentences out. Don't worry though, we wont stay there because neither of those …