My Regret: “…But I Never Said Anything.”

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I would not typically consider sharing a post someone left on my Facebook wall, but the words below from an old friend are timely in light of the mean-spirited words about suicide that have been written by a few bombastic internet trolls in the wake of the death of Robin Williams earlier this week. I shared a bit of Don and Kathy Groesser's story here and here a while ago. With Don's permission, I am sharing his brave, honest confession exactly as he left it on my wall. May it give each one of … [Read more...]

Heading To College With A Bit Less Baggage

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As I shopped for school supplies for my soon-to-be sixth grade grandson at Target last week, I passed by a mom and her daughter doing what looked to be the "stocking the dorm room" shopping trip. The young woman was eagerly scanning the aisles for just the right towels. The mom was pushing the overflowing cart behind her, watching every move her daughter made as she readied for her big launch.There are lots of nostalgic articles and reflections at this time of year written by parents who are … [Read more...]

If Only We Could Have A Discussion About Our If Only’s

Happy August, friend! As miserable as last winter was for those of us living in the area of the country caught in the clutches of the Polar Vortex, this summer's mild temperatures and abundant sunshine have almost erased the memory of mountains of snow andFrozen-like temperatures.(Well, almost.)Though we're in the second half of summer, many of us are shopping for school supplies and looking ahead to autumn's schedules.For those of you involved in planning upcoming Bible studies, … [Read more...]

Pop Goes The Blessing Bubble

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I've known a small handful of people who've had lives remarkably free from trial, reversal or loss. One woman I used to know had her entire life mapped out using the blueprint of the American Dream, Conservative Christian Version, from a very young age. Her life has gone pretty much the way she'd planned it: marriage, two kids, a dog, lovely suburban home, stable career, a bit of travel, a cozy group of friends. It was pretty amazing to witness over the years. If your life unfolds precisely as … [Read more...]

Facing Regrets With Prayer And Courage

Here's a link to my interview at today's Parse blog for church leaders at Christianitytoday.com. Please click on the [Read more] below to check out the whole conversation.Today's interview is with Michelle Van Loon. Michelle is the author of If Only: Letting Go of Regret. She is a writer for Her.meneutics and she blogs at Pilgrim's Road Trip. Today, we talk with Michelle about the sanctifying role of regret, the temptation to take shortcuts, and regret as a tutor. 1) Regret is an int … [Read more...]

Speaking of regret: a helpful infographic

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God Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life!

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In researching the theme of regret for my book, I learned that a whole lot of us carry regrets about the choices we make as we launch into adulthood. At that stage, we're building our lives via both relationships and educational/career choices. Every time we make a decision to take a step in one direction, we close the door on a number of other options. After all, we can't be in two (or more) places at once.I remember being paralyzed by this notion when I was in my late teens and early … [Read more...]


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