Make Peace with Pain

Pain never comes at a convenient time, it usually surprises us with its tenacity, and it’s most certainly never welcomed. We’ve created ways to prevent it, minimize it, and treat it. A part of normal life, yet in our western culture pain is a four-letter word (literally!). How should we respond to pain? And what can we learn from it? (I’m referring to physical pain here, but my comments may apply to emotional, mental, relational, spiritual, and other pain as well.) 1. Expect pain. It’s normal. 2. Find something good in it. For instance, when we’re in a lot of pain, stuff doesn’t mean as much to us. That’s a good thing. 3. Remember, pain won’t last forever. 4. Love what’s

Mother’s Day is Coming to Town

You better watch out, you better not cry Better not pout, I'm telling you why Mother’s Day is comin' to town It's making a list and checking it twice Gonna find out who's naughty and nice Mother’s Day is comin' to town (adapted from Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town) If there were such a list for mothers, on which list would your mom’s name be found? I’m guessing that most people would believe their mother’s name would be on the “nice” list. We know she’s not perfect, but her heart is in the right place. If you are a mother, on which list would you put your name? Do you give yourself as much grace as you give to others? Are you willing to give yourself a pass for doing your best, even if y

Five Tips to Calm Your Jitters

The big day is fast approaching. Maybe it’s your wedding day, your long-awaited European vacation, or your son’s graduation open house. Or maybe it’s something distasteful—a surgery, a court appearance, or an awkward social event. Either way, you have the jitters. It’s difficult to sleep. You feel keyed up. Thoughts and things to do zip through your mind. How can you find peace—God’s peace--in a whirl of activity and uncertainty? Take a walk Yes, you’re busy, but the motions of physical activity and getting outdoors in the fresh air surrounded by creation can impart calmness and perspective. In the end, you will be more productive. Breathe deeply Maybe it’s 2 a.m. and you’re trying to sleep.

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