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No, I’m Not Crazy

People have been telling me I was crazy my entire life. And for the longest time, I actually believed them. I’ve had friends, lovers, bosses, even my own parents wonder and worry, some out of reasonable concern, others through gas lighting and shaming, for their own narcissistic purposes. But thank the Good Lord, I have finally started to accept that maybe it’s not me that’s the crazy one. And maybe … Read More

On My Knees with Prayer and Petition

It’s been quite an internal roller coaster the past week. As the enemy has sought to tear down my armor, my usually chipper disposition has been overcast with a darker melancholia, far too reminiscent of my former years. My life has changed so dramatically these past five years, now filled with wonder and awe for God after He rescued me from the path of destruction I was on. Most days it’s … Read More

Whom the Son Sets Free

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” – John 8:36 That feeling of awe when you wake up the first morning after being delivered from something terrible that has haunted you for over a decade… that’s me today. Glory be unto GOD for HE is able to do all things. He is the author and finisher of our faith. It is in Him that … Read More

3 Small Things That Lead to Big Results

I’ve always struggled with perfectionism and burnout, especially in my years as an entrepreneur. And I know this is a common struggle for many others like me. I’ve found myself so many times struggling to launch because it’s never quite good enough in my mind. Or taking on so many things that my body crashes and puts me out for multiple weeks. It’s been a tough learning curve over the … Read More

Our Stories That Heal

With over a decade of emotional and psychological trauma as a child, my mental health struggles began to visibly surface at the age of 13. For the next 14 years, I desperately fought to survive the chaos of my own mind and the unhealthy environment in which I lived. Those years were riddled with severe emotional ups and downs, hospitalizations, dramatically lost jobs and relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, unfortunate … Read More

Sisters Beside Me

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus As I sat in my room yesterday evening, I pondered the wild reality that God truly has given me all the desires of my heart. That’s not to say life doesn’t present me with countless trials day after day, but when … Read More

When Life Gives You Lemons

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” – James 1:2-4 You know what they say, when life gives you lemons… Well with all the lemons getting thrown at me these past few years I think I maybe should have gone into the … Read More

Creativity Takes Courage

Breaking free from the clutches of mental illness, abuse, and the destructive ways of my former life has been a painful process over the past decade. But during all the desperate times, long before I had come to know the peace of Christ and still saw no light at the end of the tunnel, I found peace in writing. 2018 marks my 10th anniversary as a writer and blogger and … Read More

Year of Fresh Fire

Another passing year, gone by like a flash of light. So it seems. The older I get the faster they seem to fly by. Yet the amount of experience, sorrow, and joy packed into each one, day by day, is astounding. And here we are again, January 1. For several years now my husband and I have had the tradition of giving each coming year a name to signify our hopes … Read More

4 Ways to Support Recovery

As someone living with chronic illness who also happens to be a fairly new mother, health and recovery have been a huge focus in my life over the past few years. And as my relationship with God has grown deeper so has my desire to mend the brokenness inside me. Over these few years, God has done some incredible miracles in my life and removed several physical and mental “thorns” … Read More

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