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WHY IS LYING SUCH A BIG DEAL?

No one had to teach me how to lie; I was spinning the truth almost as soon as I learned to talk. It came naturally, as you can see from this funny example my mom journaled about when I was just three years old: Paula came to me today with diaper rash cream all over...

YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE

Leading a retreat for men several years ago, I remember being aware of the spiritual immaturity of some men who had been part of their church for years. The first night I discovered that these men were capable of knowing a lot, including much detailed information....

A MILLION LITTLE DISTRACTIONS

Another day was over, and I had done it again. With sleepy eyes, I reached for the lamp on my nightstand and turned off the light. I fell asleep to the familiar feelings of guilt and regret. I intended to spend some quality time with God that morning. I pulled my...

YOLO

Figuring out the text-messaging code can be daunting for us older folks. As an example of the generational disconnect, the following text exchange is reported to have taken place between a mother and her teenage son: Mom’s question to her son: “What does IDK TTYL...

BITTERSWEET

Three weeks into 2017, I was faced with the possibility of love, romance, and marriage.  I clung to it, not knowing that it would be the source of much grief and pain for many months to come.  In my impetuousness, I ran headlong into a relationship that was my...

50 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE FALLING IN LOVE

You like him. He likes you. Now what? Where do you go from here? Working through the nitty-gritty of a relationship can be exciting and confusing at the same time. How do you figure out if a guy is someone you want to spend the rest of your life with? Throughout the...

3 THINGS THAT EVERY GIRL NEEDS

3 THINGS EVERY GIRL NEEDS Pretend someone came up to you and asked, “What are the three things people need most?” Most of us would probably answer food/water, clothing, and shelter. What if someone asked you about the basic needs necessary for emotional survival?...

LOVE THAT DOESN’T LET GO

2017 marked the tenth year of my singleness.  Of not being in a long-term relationship, or of even dating.  My friend remarked about my single status – it’s because you have high standards.  I disagreed.  My wish list for a partner is rather short, and kept to the...

WORN OUT

What should the following sentence mean to you, a tired, overworked person? "They shall mount up with wings as eagles." First, realize that God specializes in people like you. The pages of the Bible are chock full of stories about people who were, in themselves, at...