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”

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”

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””

Our Stories Reflect The Power of The Gospel

  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”

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”

When You’re a Christian Who Struggles With Depression

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”