Grief can visit us for countless reasons and it doesn’t care what time of year it is. The holidays really intensify your sorrow. THANKFUL, GRATEFUL and BLESSED is written across everything, while you struggle to feel any of that. Everyone is excited to gather and feast, but you can only think of how crushing it’ll be to paste on some happy […]
My one word to focus on for 2017 is — The American Heritage College Dictionary defines it this way — enjoy (v.) 1. take delight or pleasure in 2. possess and benefit from I’m learning that the deepest enjoyment begins with the deepest sorrow. I’ve written quite a bit about my depression on the blog as […]
When Sonny (now 15!) was little bitty, he was so attached to me. It was impossible to say bye to him without major separation anxiety. No amount of assurances that I’d be back calmed his fears and crying. The only way I could get away from the house without a meltdown from him and torment […]
We all need God to save us from our sin — to stand in our place on the front line of a spiritual battle we can never win. You can read my testimony here. Some of us also need God to save us from someone else’s sin.
I have a love/hate relationship with traditional systems. As a somewhat OCD driven kinda person, I love organization and structure. How else would I get stuff done?! I make lists… long ones… for every-stinking-thing. I check stuff off and feel oh-so productive. Howeverrr, I hate the way formal systems encourage pretense and discourage real-life relationships.
Soul-sharing… it’s what I do. But why? And more importantly, what’s in it for you? I value your time, so I’ll be brief with some backstory and then I’ll get on with the take-aways for you, because the truth is, there’s no point investing your time and attention in anything that is not going to better your life […]
Two years ago, I sat in a therapist’s office in the greatest distress I could imagine. Where are You, Lord? If You love me, why would You allow me to suffer like this? I had always been distrustful of the mental health-care system, yet there I was, desperate for whatever help I could get. Our insurance […]
This is my first time getting on board with the idea of choosing one word to focus on for the new year. What to choose??? First, it was helpful to look back at the past few years to sum them up with some descriptive words, to bring a sense of continuity.
It amazes and frightens me how simple words can affect others for good or evil. They literally have the power to heal or destroy. I could go really deep here, but it’s one of those days to keep it short and sweet. You’re welcome. haha! I only want to share one occasion where someone’s simple […]
Growing up and well into adulthood, I experienced abuse, deception and betrayal by men who were supposed to protect me. That most of this was under a “Christian” banner, crushed me the worst. I didn’t have the convenience of talking about it until recently. I know all about sucking it up and shoving it down, […]