6 Thoughts on Young Shooters

It’s been a few days since the school shooting in Florida. The images are heart-wrenching. And honestly, I’ve barely followed the story. But I can feel the heaviness in the air and the weight of all the choices made that day and how they still linger. A lot of people have a lot of opinionsContinue reading “6 Thoughts on Young Shooters”

5 Lessons I Wish I Hadn’t Learned About Abusive People

Life is full of lessons. Some lessons change you for the better. Some…some you wish you’d never learned. These are the hardest moments in life. These are the moments that teach you to cling to our Heavenly Father in ways you never knew you could. 1. The people you love the most, will hurt youContinue reading “5 Lessons I Wish I Hadn’t Learned About Abusive People”

What The Past Decade Has Taught Me

When I turned 20 I couldn’t imagine myself at 30. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I would survive the next ten years: depression was so dense around me. I knew God was good and there, but I just couldn’t seem to reach him. Like he was an ever-moving target…and there always seemed to be aContinue reading “What The Past Decade Has Taught Me”

Finding a Life You Love

Several years ago, I read this quote, “It’s ok to live a calm life.” I loved those words so much that I typed them up and printed them out and placed them in a frame, and there they lived for the next three years, on the wall beside my bookshelves. I never once moved thatContinue reading “Finding a Life You Love”

Dear Super Bowl…you are the single most trafficked event in America: a rallying cry

Sexual brokenness is everywhere. It lingers in the darkness of every city and town, it rages through our homes and our schools and our churches. It reaches to grab hold of the youngest and most innocent, leaving a trail of slaves writhing in the deceit of all the promises and all the false allure. PeopleContinue reading “Dear Super Bowl…you are the single most trafficked event in America: a rallying cry”

Praying Honest Prayers

I collect thoughts like a child collects pebbles on a rocky sea shore. Some of my thoughts are lovely, colorful, and I will keep them forever. Some I will discard immediately. Others are ugly and useless but it still takes a while to let them go… …you know the ones. We are told to takeContinue reading “Praying Honest Prayers”

3 Quick Tips For Combating Anxiety

I didn’t know I had anxiety until a year ago. Can you even believe that??? That heavy feeling on your chest? That quick beating of your heart? The fear that can just overwhelm you? Yeah. That… I had anxiety all growing up and did not know what I was experiencing had a name. Honestly, ifContinue reading “3 Quick Tips For Combating Anxiety”

When Abuse is “Normal”

About a year ago, when I began timidly wading through the mess of my brokenness, I began experiencing distance in many of my relationships. This was completely unexpected. The books I was reading and the questions I was asking…the stories I was beginning to share…all of it opened a door to a fresh kind ofContinue reading “When Abuse is “Normal””

5 Lessons I Have Learned About Discipling Children

Can I just share with you that discipline is an enormous learning curve for me? I question and doubt myself until I am in tears. Did I speak too harshly? Not sternly enough? Did that behavior deserve a swat? Should I offer MORE grace, LESS grace? Did I remember to hug and reconcile afterwards? WasContinue reading “5 Lessons I Have Learned About Discipling Children”

When My Soul is Weary

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”