As I write this, I’m in the middle of a year full of heart-thumping disappointments—the kind where you shake your head and say, What just happened?
“I’ve always known I was different. It wasn’t something I chose or an identity I one day decided to wear. Being different is woven into the very fabric of who I am.” Nathan Clarkson
A couple of weeks ago a bunch of BELONG group leaders from the Dallas area met up with Jen Hatmaker at an event called Savor Dallas. It was a foodie’s dream.
She stood on the other side of the counter and smiled at me from over the top of her red-framed spectacles, which rested calmly—Aneata style—on the end of her nose. I was doomed from the start.
We all have one thing in common: We need rest. . . . But here’s the thing: we’re settling for getting the rest we’re able to get, but not the rest we actually need.
What made this shy woman quit her teaching job in North Carolina and head to upstate New York to break into the medical profession? In a word: heartbreak.
The story of how one mother’s influence led to a last-minute change of heart by her son . . . and a dramatic difference in the lives of American women that continues to this day.
I’ve had enough of my hard edges. I’m tired of straining my voice. I’d like to loosen up and laugh a little more, be positive rather than negative.
My first idea was to collect some valentine-y art supplies—paper, stickers, ribbon, doilies—and distribute them to my son’s third-grade classmates . . . . Then, like the Grinch, my project idea grew three sizes that day.
When a friend is sick for a long time—or even if the flu drags on—you want to help out, but aren’t sure how. Here are some ideas…
Humans aren’t the only beings who live in relationship with one another. For example, geese live in the community of their flock. We can learn a lot from them…
I believe these guidelines apply to any family in crisis and those who love them…Set up your rings, explain the out-but-not-in Crazy Policy, and remember that God loves you and is for you.
Looking back on a year that launched the BELONG Tour—and the BELONG blog—we wanted to share a countdown of the most shared posts of 2016.
“Here I had longed for, intensely craved a few minutes to myself and now that I had it, I didn’t know what to do with it. What felt like a gift had suddenly become an overwhelming burden…”
When I share with people how fun it is, they immediately want to know how to play so they can introduce it to their friends and gatherings. Last Christmas season we played it countless times…
What if we took a different view of gift-giving and instead of adding more stuff to our already overcrowded homes, we inspired our loved ones to agree to . . .
It’s possible your friends, neighbors, and co-workers may be celebrating something different from you. Asking about their traditions could be a great opportunity to connect…
My gift-receiving memories are pretty sparse. Which got me thinking…what type of gifts can we give to our children that they will never forget? What gifts will truly impact their lives and change them forever?
I’m learning that kindness is sometimes really hard to receive. I’d rather be on the giving end of kindness than be the one in need.
Remember: it’s about the gathering, not about the food. This is the most important thing to keep in mind…