Telling Our Stories

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

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness

I’m trading in the American Dream in favor of the Kingdom Promise: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness holiness. Are you happy? Do you feel hopeful? Chances are pretty good these days a lot of people would answer no, or at least not very often. You may be thinking, “How could I possibly be happy and hopeful all the time when there are so many terrible things happening in … Read More

The Abundance of Christ

Despite how severely the Gospel has been twisted to fit the itching ears of humanity, justify our sinful natures, and be ‘less offensive’ to the masses, our instructions are crystal clear. “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find … Read More

Remnants of a Former Life

To say I’ve changed would be a vast understatement. No. Aside from the tattoos that still cover my flesh, the person who once inhabited this body is dead. And she is so long passed that I don’t even remember how it felt to be her; To live in the prison of insanity and shame that I did. After nearly three decades of chaotic noise, it’s finally quiet in my head. Well, not … Read More

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