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Leaning into Lament in Acknowledgement of Pain

Leaning into Lament in Acknowledgement of Pain

It’s Holy Week and the heaviness felt around the world weighs even more as we reflect on the suffering Jesus endured on our behalf. Collectively, it feels like the world is groaning under the weight of it all.

In the heaviness, I’ve found solace in acknowledging that it is okay to groan to God about the pain and suffering taking place through the practice of lament.

Grant Yourself Some Grace

Grant Yourself Some Grace

Grace. I’ve needed a lot of it lately. Grace for myself and grace to extend toward others.

Living in a culture that values achievement and believes more is better, I’ve noticed this show up amid quarantine—being encouraged to “make the most of this time” or use it as an opportunity to check off all the tasks on the to-do list.

While not necessarily bad, finding myself caught in the mentality to make the most of my quarantine, I realized I was lacking some much-needed grace—and that you might be too.

Live Fully in the Present

Live Fully in the Present

Pain and hardship fail to warn us about their upcoming appearance in our lives leaving us unable to prepare for what’s to come. Life flips and suddenly we are contending with a much different future from the one we designed.

The speed at which life can change sharpens the value of the present moment. But how do we live fully in the present?

Hope for the Soul in Uncertainty (Playlist Included)

Hope for the Soul in Uncertainty (Playlist Included)

We are living in highly unusual and unprecedented times.

What will happen today?
What does all this mean for the future?

We are all processing these days the best we know how—often one day at a time, and frequently, one decision at a time.

May these words provide your soul with some hope during these uncertain times.

How a Prior Hardship Can Grant the Willpower Not to Give Up: A Lesson From Survivor

How a Prior Hardship Can Grant the Willpower Not to Give Up: A Lesson From Survivor

We seldom desire to credit hardship or suffering as a component that has shaped us into who we have become, but in my experience, it is what has led to much of my transformation. On television this past week, I saw how overcoming a former hardship helped foster the willpower to complete a challenging task.