Thanks so much for your interest in the Dear Portia column! Keep these guidelines in mind when you submit a question.
- Each month’s column is themed—scroll down to see the themes.
- Deadlines for questions are the 20th of the month before. (So to submit for November’s theme, send me your question by October 20th).
- Keep your questions personal. For instance, ask “How do I tell my wife I hate the gift she got me?” vs. “How should spouses handle gift-giving?”.
- We may edit questions for length and clarity.
April: Spiritual Formation, Sacred Rhythms, Liturgy (Why does the Bible make me anxious? I pray every morning–is that enough? I hate my spiritual disciplines, but I don’t know what else to try. How do I get my kid to like church?)
May: Mental Illness, Awareness, Stigma (How do I tell my significant other I’m bipolar? Is it okay for me to take medication for depression? How do I help my kid avoid the anxiety that runs through our family?)
June: Books, Reading, Words (I want to write, but I don’t know how to start. Why don’t I read as much as I want to? I realized I don’t like the way I speak to my husband. How do I change?)
August: Healing, Wellness, Soul-Care (Why can’t I get over my mom’s death? Why am I so anxious all the time? How do I learn how to be less busy?)
September: Church, Fellowship, Faith (Why do I feel so alienated in my small group? I hate sermons. Is there something wrong with me? I can’t find a church I like . . . help!)
October: Parenting, Childhood, Family (I thought I’d love staying home with my baby, but I’m going crazy. My mother keeps buying me stuff I don’t need—what do I tell her? My daughter’s pregnant. What should I do next?)
November: Dwell, Mystery, Paradox (Is my theology totally messed up? I have trouble believing all the stories in the Bible; does that mean I’m not a Christian? I hate my house, but I can’t afford to move. Help!)
December: Waiting, Longing, Desire (How can I make my family’s Christmas meaningful? I’m struggling with infertility. How do I keep hope alive?)