Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

I love Jesus but I want to die: what you need to know about suicide

I was in California on a business trip, just yards from the beach, eating ice cream and laughing as the conversation drifted away from business. Eventually, somebody mentioned a friend-of-a-friend who had died by suicide. The familiar ache and nausea filled my chest. My insides rattled when my coworker said he didn’t understand what would […]

The Beauty and Ache of “Now Time”

Brutal as the pandemic was, it also thrust me directly into beauty and the ache of now time. Suddenly I couldn’t worry too much about next month or even next week; I was intimately tethered to the present moment…

Dear Steve, I miss you.

Yesterday I pulled an old t-shirt from the laundry basket and a cry pushed past my lips. “I am not my failures,” it said, with the little #graceismessy beneath it. I hope you still knew that in your last moments, whatever ache they held. You gave that shirt to me years ago and I’ve worn […]

If suffering won’t leave, this is what you need to know

We who wrestle with the dark know too well that suffering often lingers longer than we would choose. That’s why my heart leapt when I heard K.J. Ramsey’s new book, This Too Shall Last, is about exactly that and I knew you needed to hear about it.  K.J. was a healthy, happy college student when […]

If you’re tired of the try-hard life, this is for you

I know you know what it’s like to think, “If I could just try harder, it would get better.” I know you know what it’s like to push as hard as you can, barely holding yourself together, feeling like it will never be enough. I know those feelings, too. That’s why I’m so thrilled to […]

How to survive painful holidays (when you just want to hide)

The fact that it’s November means everyone is talking about gratitude.  At least, it seems that way here in the U.S.  Thanksgiving is almost here and the holiday season is upon us. Christmas lights and tree vendors are popping up around town. This week, many of us will be gathering with family to talk about […]

Join this free 7-day Mental Health Mindset Challenge!

A few weeks ago, I asked you to share what you’re struggling with. I thought I might hear from a handful of people, but I was floored by the response. It’s taken me over two weeks to go through them. You flooded my inbox with your heartaches and challenges, prayer requests and questions. So many […]

This book will make you want to be poor in spirit (Glorious Weakness review + giveaway)

I know that if I can somehow let down my guard enough to let you see that you’re not the only one struggling, it might just be healing. It might just be a little bit life-giving.

We Don’t Talk About This on Good Friday

For he made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  2 Corinthians 5:21 We talk about the supper. In still and gentle tones, the last message of a dying man, shared and sung around the table in time-honored tradition. Love […]

How To Bring A Casserole To The Psych Ward: And Other Ways To Serve Church Members Who Have Mental Illness

Those who struggle with mental illness rarely receive the tangible support of someone bringing dinner over. But we can change that. Check out these simple ways to support those dealing with mental illness.

Why everyone is wrong about “the joy of the Lord”

After weeks of working, trying to make it better, trying to bring restoration, they finally heard the word of God. The priest read and the Levites explained the meaning for hours, filling in huge gaps in Israel’s collective memory. They have come to rebuild and inhabit Jerusalem after long, hard years of exile. And now, […]