Do you recognize this scenario? You finally find your voice and speak up about your calling, desires and gifts. Maybe you even get up the courage to start encouraging others in person or online. You expect your family and friends to cheer you on. But suddenly—without warning—the people closest to you fall absolutely silent. It’s … Continue reading When I Spoke Up, the People Closest to Me Were Silent. How Do I Get Their Support?
Sometimes we try to sanitize the parts of our story we worry others won’t like. Today, I’m digging up a little spring dirt with freedom and joy. This time, regarding my experience with “eastern philosophies” that were a big part of my Christian healing journey.
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” -- Romans 8:15 MSG 2020 is the first year in my entire adult life that I have not set goals. Not a single one. In any category. My life has … Continue reading I’m Making 2020 A Goal-Free Year. Here’s Why.
I love sitting in silence inside old churches in Europe. Though my home church's meeting place in Dubai looks nothing these cavernous galleries of marble and gold, I find so much value in this ancient style of church design. Old European churches may not do much to inspire you toward an intimate personal experience with … Continue reading What to Do When God Says “Be Still” (Besides Freaking Out & Getting Stressed)
Your Maker is your husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer.” - Isaiah 54:5 Hello, Beautiful Sister, I see you there. You have a deep desire to be married, to create a family that honors God. Perhaps He has even given you a word confirming this … Continue reading The Real Reason Mr. Right Hasn’t Shown Up Yet
For most of my life, I wouldn’t have said I had an eating disorder. To me, “eating disorders” were things like anorexia and bulemia: big, life-altering struggles that required the intervention of doctors, therapists and pastors. I never realized that every time I ran to the fridge for a snack when I felt sad, or … Continue reading Finding Freedom from Emotional Eating
I didn’t plan on spending five or six weeks of my spring 2018 in the mountains of Colorado. Not that I’m complaining, mind you: spring in Colorado is gorgeous. Witnessings the transformation into spring is even more of a marvel. But it wasn’t on my plan. (Hello, that’s why I call myself a “recovering control … Continue reading That Time Spring Hit the Colorado Rockies (And My Life)
NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! Anyone who knows me well knows how much I hate the process of … Continue reading Little Paper Pieces: On the Tearing Up and Rewriting of Your Life
Recently while reading my Bible, I came across the story of a woman’s healing that really gripped me. I've read it before, many times, but I never saw it the way I did this time around. It gave me a brand-new way to understand emotional healing that freed me to a whole new level ... … Continue reading What the “Touch of Jesus” Really Means for Healing
I believe God wants us to have the things we are longing for—relationally, creatively and materially.Let me say that again. I believe God wants us to have the things we are longing for—relationally, creatively and materially. If that sounds like I believe God is my ATM, ready to dole out relationships, artistic projects and cash … Continue reading God Is My ATM, No Matter How Offensive That Sounds