Being Real

We don’t like when people in our lives aren’t “real”, when they sugarcoat their struggles and only show us a glossy façade of their thoughts and feelings. We want to know people, and we want them to know us, and that is a godly desire. 

But in our quest for “real,” are we committed to seeking the genuine article or are we stopping short at the feet of cheap imitations?

January 9, 2023

It’s Christmas: What Do You Expect?

Christmastime has muscles. They’ve come from hefting the weight of expectation that we thrust upon the merry season every year. Its burly arms are full of hopes for family unity, laughter, jolly moments around the fire, perfect presents, and figgy pudding, whatever that is. 

Our hopes are healthy. Without them, hopelessness would extinguish all the twinkling lights and pull us into its darkness. The opportunity to plan sweet times for our loved ones is an annual blessing, and many of our hopes do come true. Praise God for his undeserved grace. 

December 5, 2022

Why I Bother Reading this Blog

The Together Blog turns four next week. It’s moving out of its toddler years and hitting pre-school, and we’re proud of it! 

In next week’s post, we’ll introduce you to the blog team members so you know the faces behind the screen, but today I’d love to share four reasons I read this particular blog. When there are 57 million other podcasts, websites, and blogs to choose from, why bother with this one? I’m glad you asked. 

October 3, 2022


Why do fears that are small in the daytime terrorize us in the midnight hours? Why do we call trials “dark times” and depressing thoughts “dark thoughts”? Why do prisoners say that the worst part of solitary confinement is the darkness? 

April 18, 2022

People Who Don’t Know They Encourage Me

Last night I attended a prayer meeting at church. Sitting in the familiar green chairs, I smiled at the people around me, a random collection, all aware of their need for God. We worshipped together side by side, then some of them got up to pray at the microphone up front. Timid voices, strong voices, broad shoulders, stooped shoulders, zealous eyes, tired eyes, each prayer adding a stone to the foundation of my faith. 

These people have no idea how much they encourage me, I thought. But I notice them. Their presence speaks volumes. Here is a sampling just from tonight. You may be among them.  

January 10, 2022