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”
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””
So many times, growing up, I feared for my life and safety…
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”
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.
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.”
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”