The Church and Mental Health: A New Perspective on Anxiety

  Context: I grew up in a Christian home, moving from reformed churches to non-denominational churches in my youth. I chose a charismatic/Spirit-filled church to attend for many years as an adult. During my college years, my theology changed from being unexamined/whatever my church said to a more middle of the road approach on the … Continue reading The Church and Mental Health: A New Perspective on Anxiety

Sadness is not Normal

One day, when I was about 7 years old, I felt deeply sad. I couldn’t tell you what I was sad about. I wasn’t able to articulate it at the time, and the trigger(s) have been lost to the sands of time. I do remember talking to an adult in my life and trying to … Continue reading Sadness is not Normal

Eshet Chayil

I began to write this poem after watching the funeral of Rachel Held Evans. I listened to her friends and family describe her as a woman who always asked the hard questions, always loved, always gave of herself when she could. I couldn't stop thinking to myself, "They are talking about a woman who was … Continue reading Eshet Chayil

May Reads

Another month has gone by, and more books have been poured into my brain. There were several hits, several mehs. And I'm now 7 books closer to hitting my goal for the year. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (Finished May 3) This was an interesting throwback to the likes of Agatha Christie … Continue reading May Reads

Loving Yourself Is Not Sin

A few days ago, while looking through my memories on Facebook, I saw an old post of mine. In this post, I was talking about how, at the time, I genuinely believed that I was unlovable. I saw myself as someone who didn't deserve love or companionship because I felt inherently broken. I couldn't envision … Continue reading Loving Yourself Is Not Sin

My Childhood Created My Inner Voice (And So Did Yours)

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice – Peggy O’Mara Recently, I had a discussion with my parents. It was a minor thing, or it was supposed to be. It's something that many adult children will have to face with their parents: the roles between parent and child shift. They become … Continue reading My Childhood Created My Inner Voice (And So Did Yours)

Does God Require Adversity?

"The fact is, God is not concerned whether we are happy or not. But he is very concerned over whether we are holy. We can be happy and on our way to hell. But if we are holy, it is only because the Holy One is at home in his temple, our hearts. So we … Continue reading Does God Require Adversity?