Author: Kristen Entwistle

Holidays

If you’re anything like me, the holidays bring with them some pretty serious busyness.  But then again, I’m a college professor, and the most stressful time of the semester is nestled right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Whose bright idea was that?? Regardless of the busyness at work, though, my guess is that the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is also busy for you too.  The malls are packed, the traffic is terrible, your mom keeps bugging you about what you want for Christmas, and you’re really not looking forward to spending Christmas Eve with your strange Aunt Winifred....

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Hope Is Hard

Of all of the things that God asks of us – faith, prayer, loving our enemies, community, following his will – I think hope can be the hardest. Hope is the hardest in the midst of suffering.   Hope is the hardest when everything around you is dark. Hope is the hardest when there is nothing – and I mean nothing – that you can do. I had a a group of incredible women back in Michigan who were my best friends.  I could be myself with them and they could call me out on my sin, and I theirs,...

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We Have This Hope As An Anchor

You can’t turn on the news or open up a browser on the Internet without seeing the tragedies that are occurring all around us.  From hurricanes and fires to mass shootings, our news is saturated with all of the bad things that our world faces. Maybe you were personally affected by these tragedies. Maybe you were affected by a tragedy that didn’t make the news. Maybe you heard about these tragedies on the morning news or watched them unfold in the updates online. But whatever way you slice it, so many in our world are hurting.  Without hope.  Stranded. ...

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Bad Attitudes

Sometimes I have a bad attitude.  Maybe you can relate. Some days my bad attitude is because something woke me up at 3 am and I’m cranky.  Other days it’s because my toaster died and I didn’t have anything for breakfast and my house is a mess.  Some days it’s because a student annoyed the tar out of me trying to get an extra credit point. But regardless of why I sometimes have a bad attitude, I shouldn’t.  I shouldn’t take my lack of sleep out on my job, or on my family.  I shouldn’t blame someone else for...

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Making The Mundane Matter

Most of us have a day job.  You know, teaching kindergarten or working in a factory.  Maybe you are a stay-at-home-mom or a hair stylist.  Perhaps you have the luxury of working from home for your own business or maybe you work in retail.  Maybe you’re a pharmacist or a doctor or a nurse.  Maybe you work in a daycare.  Maybe you work in a kitchen or at a hotel or a restaurant.  Maybe you have two jobs – or more, just to make ends meet.  Maybe you work night shift, or maybe you work days.  No matter what...

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