Paper or plastic: Credit card debt costs you more than money

Paper or plastic: Credit card debt costs you more than money

by Clare La Plante I have worked on and off for years as a financial journalist. And I learned as I wrote. In fact, writing about one hot-button topic — credit card debt — helped me to avoid that particular financial heartbreak. I waited until I was about 30 to get my first credit card, […]

Learning to see God’s beloved

Learning to see God’s beloved

by Mary Button Lately I’ve been meditating on 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” This verse comes at the end of one of the […]

The Enneagram and God’s grace

The Enneagram and God’s grace

by Erin Strybis Just one more basket of laundry, then I’ll go work out. Sun spills through the blinds of my son’s room as I sit cross-legged folding toddler-size pants and shirts. Head pounding, I gaze at the dog, sprawled out on the colorful carpet. But what I could really use is a nap. Instead, […]

Slowing down for sabbath’s sake

Slowing down for sabbath’s sake

by J. Dana Trent I am a migraineur, a fancy term for people who sometimes feel as though ice picks are being driven into their brains. Nearly 38 million Americans suffer from migraines, creating a multibillion-dollar industry to treat them. My migraines can be caused by anything: light, food, smells, weather changes, hormone fluctuations, too […]

How do I love my body?

How do I love my body?

by Jenna Pulkowski I hate my body. I know I’m supposed to start this off with talking about how I’ve learned to love my body, and you can too. I know it’s not cool to admit that I hate my body. I also understand that hating my body accomplishes nothing for no one. Still, I […]

5 ways to get beyond imposter syndrome

5 ways to get beyond imposter syndrome

by Kristen Glass Perez Recently, I received a request from a friend who is an expert in her professional field. She wanted to share that she was quoted in a national publication via social media, but felt awkward posting it herself. She asked me to post it for her. I was happy to do so. […]

Finding stillness

Finding stillness

by Ralen M. Robinson I wish there were more hours in a day. Recently my life has consisted of scattered sticky notes full of memos, sleepless nights and a to-do list longer than the eye can see. These past few months, I have been running from one place to another with too few breaks. I […]

The scars under our ashes

The scars under our ashes

by Elizabeth Hunter Something happened at church—probably three Ash Wednesdays ago—that got me thinking about scars. After the imposition of ashes, our family began trooping back to the pew. But my youngest child stopped me in the middle of the aisle, gesturing for me to bend down. “People are staring at my face,” he whispered […]

A place for all God’s children

A place for all God’s children

by Lisa Heffernan Just about every Sunday morning, three men from a nearby group home for adults with disabilities come to worship at the congregation I serve. Accompanied by their carer for the day, they enter the sanctuary and say hello to the ushers and me before picking up bulletins and taking their places in […]

Beyond perfection

Beyond perfection

by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni My six-year-old daughter Natalie is like a lot of first graders: equal parts serious and silly, old and young. She often comes home from school full of newfound wisdom to share, as though she were the first person ever to discover subtraction or photosynthesis. . . and she still plays with […]