In my Sophomore year of college I was introduced to Anne Lamott. Basically, she is a fabulous writer who writes raw words and loves Jesus. She’s also basically nothing like me. But I couldn’t help be drawn to the way she unapologetically exposed herself. The way she wrote all the words about her life andContinue reading “Our Stories Reflect The Power of The Gospel”
Yesterday was one of those once in a lifetime sort of days. Mostly, the type of day you hope you never have to live through. And my soul is tired… Yesterday, I read 3 pages of allegations and all I could do was stare at all that black ink and wonder, how did it get to this?Continue reading “When My Soul is Weary”
You are not responsible for the way people treat you. You are not responsible for what other people say about you, or any lies they might tell about you. You are NOT responsible for your abuse. You are not responsible for the things that were done to you in dark and quiet places, or forContinue reading “What You’re NOT Responsible For”
One of the most devastating side effects of abuse is self doubt. Honestly, I struggle to put into words the heartache that physical and emotional and verbal abuse have on a child’s sense of self…and how we carry a longing to know who we are and to be known into adulthood.
In 2008 I had just finished up my first senior semester with a 3.6 GPA. I had worked my butt off to get those grades. 6 classes. 4 senior level. 2 Theology classes. 4 English classes. It literally took everything in me to finish strong . And by the end of the semester, with ChristmasContinue reading “When You’re a Christian Who Struggles With Depression”
After awhile you start to see that beauty isn’t always obvious and that fast-paced is no real way to make do. . And after awhile you begin to notice the ripple of a rain drop over the sound of admiration. . And you start to see, Oh, you start to see, how glass-frail breath isContinue reading “All That Matters Most”
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 almostContinue reading “This Is What Healing Looks Like and What It Means.”
My son Bear used to throw terrible fits in public. One time, he screamed to high heaven while pulling every article of clothing in sight as I attempted to leave a department store. I was mortified! And then in the parking lot…he bit me. Lord Jesus, save us all…for reals, I almost transformed into theContinue reading “Practical Tips For Addressing Everyday Anxiety in Children”
Listen. You don’t have to be famous to be successful. You don’t. Living a Well-Lived life might not be easy but it is SIMPLE. Really…you only need TWO things: Willingness & Intention. Willingness – Cheerfully consenting or ready. Intention – an act of determining mentally upon some action or result. Take some time to brew yourself a cupContinue reading “Living With ALL The Intention”
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