On August 2, 2020 I discovered child pornography on FB in less than a minute. My cousin, a childhood sexual abuse survivor, had heard about the pedohila page in a support group she was in for survivors like her. She … Continue reading Cuties: Violence, Sexuality, and The Stories We Tell
He never promised we’d be exempt from a pandemic, but he has promised us his very character and nature, he has promised us who we are in him. Continue reading Though The Mountains May Fall: God Is Not Afraid of This.
I’m gonna drive right into this list, but before I do, I want to preface it with something to keep in mind.
Remember, that you can read all the blogs and watch all the YouTube videos, but at the end of the day, only you know your story. And each video and blog is from one person’s perspective.
And if it is true that when one part suffers all the parts suffer, then our words and our actions and treatments ought to be slung over our shoulders with all the respect of a an honorable weight…to be carried inside the walls of The Church, up onto its platforms, and out of our lips, God help us. Like a solider knows the sacredness of self-sacrifice and duty and this is why he must carry himself so. Because a weight is not the same as a burden. Continue reading The Body of Christ Needs Women. Women Who Go Forth and Go Out.
If you haven’t heard, the statistics say that once you’ve been abused, you are more vulnerable to abuse by any number of different people.Continue reading “Abuse After Abuse: Finding Freedom From Past, Present, and Future Abuse”
The Church isn’t missing anything. It doesn’t need more stuff or programs or even money…it just needs YOU! Continue reading The Church Needs You. And It Needs All Of You.
Imagine that you have fallen into deep waters, but it’s your first time to swim. Fighting just to get a breath in; & then someone hands you a screaming child, a stack of paperwork, a bunch of trainings & appointment reminders. Then imagine being expected to complete it all while keeping yourself & that terrified child above water. Oh, & you can’t get the paperwork wet because, of course, it has to be legible when you turn it in.Continue reading “You Don’t Have To Be A Foster Parent To Change A Foster Kid’s Life”
We live in a world overcome with images. But mostly, we carry these images inside of us, always comparing, because searching for an identity is the core of what it means to be human.
Let go of the people who say they love you but hold everything against you. Because true love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs.
Let go of the people who tear down your dreams with wild words of incapable fears. Because real love always hopes. Continue reading “Listen to me. We are NEVER going back (R-rated)…”
Have you ever heard someone tell their story without a hint of shame?
In my senior year at Northwest University, we had a guest speaker; a man who had lived a wild life of parties and dark sexual pleasures. There he stood, with so much humility and joy and theatrical storytelling it was almost like he was telling someone else’s story. But he wasn’t. He lived every second of the heartache, the brokenness, the shame. And yet here he was: healed and thriving and generous and vulnerable. Continue reading “This Is What Healing Looks Like and What It Means.”
Because they don’t want to. Continue reading Wanna Know Why Abusive People Don’t Change?
I started asking myself questions several years ago. Does anyone else do this? Ask yourself a series of questions throughout the day?