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the joy mission journal

  • Imagining Courage vs. Living It

    When we’re talking about courage the subject of fear so often comes up, and often as some kind of opposing emotion to courage - as if we cannot be ...
  • The Birthright of Courage

    What does it mean to live a courageous life?  I think the minutiae depends on who you ask. It might look different to a soldier, a septuagenarian...
  • A Brave, Modern, Christian Life

    Courage is trendy right now.  Any secular decor store is full of plaques that say “be brave” or “live with courage.” And so often things that are i...
  • Sustaining Hope

    So many in our culture reject the idea of hope in a large part I think because they never want to be disappointed. Because who likes to be disappoi...
  • A Brave Hope

    We talked last week about the wounds from human relationships that can make it hard to hope in God. This week I want to talk about the radical brav...
  • Who’s Afraid of a Little Bit of Hope?

    Have you ever met anyone (or maybe you recognize yourself in this a little bit) who is afraid of hope?  Why would someone be afraid of hope?  In th...
  • Does It Make Sense to Hope?

    When a lot of people think of hope I think our mind first goes to wish fulfillment - my five-year-old son saying “I hope I get to stay at grandma a...
  • Care and Keeping of a Heart

    In this final reflection on heart, I want to talk about how we can care for our hearts, keeping them whole and hearty in fighting shape, ready for ...
  • Our God Knows Suffering

    Do you feel like you’re living with a broken heart?  If you feel that way, it’s probably pretty hard to show up to your life feeling whole hearted....
  • Healing a Hurt Heart

    If you’ve ever been dumped, lost someone close to you, or gone through an especially difficult situation you know what it feels like to have your h...
  • Having A Whole Heart

    God is one - whole and indivisible. There’s no division or duplicity in God.  What he is he has always been and always will be. He is whole.  As Ch...
  • Making the First Step of Connection

    This is going to be a shorter email this week because I would love for you to take a little bit of the time you usually spend reading these emails...