Category: Faith

by Zack Williamson The radiant spring morning beautifully illuminated the world, yet my three-year-old daughter stood unusually still. It was a delightful day to say the least, and my wife Alethea and I had walked out on our back porch to savor the sun. We lived in a pleasant neighborhood (contrary to the opinion of many), and for a young family […]

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By Michele Morin Proverbs 16:31; Jude 12; Exodus 13:21,22 I can just barely admit this, but I have finally hauled all the cassette tapes–John Michael Talbot, Carole King, Billy Joel–out from under my bed. And I’m going to throw them away. Letting go of this one thing may not free my hands to grab hold […]

By Debbie Baumgartner Last week, I was making a banner for a wedding, and I was stringing it with some beautiful–albeit fragile–yarn. Part way through the process, this beautiful fragile yarn snapped, so I made a knot and continued. I wove the yarn in and out of the holes at the top of each paper […]

by Susan Chamberlain Shipe It’s that time of year I get pensive, inward, quiet, reflective, meditative, and a bit disgruntled… Years ago this was my favorite week of the year – my happy birthday week – but when the fives became sixes, I didn’t like it so much! My friend and I were talking yesterday–and […]

I was in a room with a bunch of young pastors-in-training, and commented to a friend that I could feel the testosterone in the air even though there were a number of women present. “That’s not testosterone you’re sensing,” he told me. “It’s ambition.” As I observed the body language among the group (so many […]

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June was an incredible month here at The Perennial Gen! Thank you to everyone who read, commented on, and shared the posts submitted by our generous guest writers. Friendship turned out to be the perfect topic for our themed submissions as we watched the growing response to this new site and social media community. Here’s […]

As we finish up this month’s focus on faith shifts, I’m including some words from my book If Only: Letting Go Of Regret here because they apply. Midlife started for me with confronting a regret I thought I’d successfully ducked for years. I suspect it might have to do with launching the process of coming to […]

by Melinda Schmidt From the time our brains click in as little kids, we just can’t wait to “be a grown up!” The seemingly magnificent rewards and freedom that come with adulthood motivate us to do all the tedious learning of early life stage development. But internal, or spiritual growth is an option, and it’s […]

by Anita Lustrea I once told an author before recording a podcast that I’d faith shifted my way out the door of my previous employer. I’m not even sure that’s what happened, but his response helped me wake up to some deeper truths. He said, “That should happen to all of us. You should have […]

Poet Christian Wiman penned these words in his book My Bright Abyss about how faith shifts as we move through life: In fact, there is no way to ‘return to the faith of your childhood,’ not really, not unless you’ve just woken up from a decades-long and absolutely literal coma. Faith is not some half-remembered […]