Category: Healing

Suffering, A Pathway to Holiness

Suffering, A Pathway to Holiness Upon the mountain we seek, Divine peace and comfortable rest. But, in the valley we must dwell, Where flood and storm keep. Nothing will save us from the test. Through swirling clouds and slanted rain, We must walk. Appearing in the fright of lightning, He came. Our Savior walking by our side. “Suffer with me.” He gently said. “The … Read More Suffering, A Pathway to Holiness

Love, Hate, and Manipulation

This is part 2 of the Self-Care in September Series.  For part 1, click here In dysfunctional families, we feel like we must do everything for ourselves. Our motto is “Depend on self. If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” We begin the story of Isaac and Rebekah during the long struggle of infertility. 20 years, month after month, they waited. The stigma … Read More Love, Hate, and Manipulation

Self-care September… Yes, please.

Self-care September… Yes, please. For most of my life I have tried to live as if I had no needs. I am strong, independent, and I can do it all myself. To have a need that we can’t fulfill ourselves opens us for someone to harm us or reject us. We must trust someone. These are scary things for some of us. So, we … Read More Self-care September… Yes, please.

The Abuse Survivor’s 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my Light, setting right my confusion. He makes me understand what is right and what is wrong. He leads me to uncover the gas-lighting of my abuser. He restores my dignity. He leads me in an understanding of holiness for the sake of His glory. Yes, though I walk through the dangers of laying aside my walls, coping mechanisms, and survival … Read More The Abuse Survivor’s 23rd Psalm

Conquering Your Hill

Monday’s thoughts… I run. For the first mile of every run, I hate it. I don’t want to go, but some where between mile 2 and 3 my body releases endorphins. It’s like I have to run long enough to convince my body, “Yes, we are really doing this.  I’m not stopping, so help me out!” Then, I feel like I can conquer anything. … Read More Conquering Your Hill

Meditation: Jesus Holds All Things Together

As Kai’s one year birthday approached, overwhelming anxiety enveloped me. Well-meaning people had already severely damaged my soul in grief, so we decided to take a vacation away from everyone to remember Kai on his birthday. On our way to Florida, we stopped to attend church at Passion City Church in Atlanta, and Matt Redman led worship that morning. As we sang, he gave … Read More Meditation: Jesus Holds All Things Together

He Holds Me Together

Sometimes anxiety gets the best of me. I have to breath deep, and say to myself, “Just hold it together!” But, it never works! Well, maybe for a day or two, it helps, but then, I am right back in the same anxiety ridden mess, crying for someone to save me, again. All the while, my Bible sits right there with this treasure. Colossians … Read More He Holds Me Together

Black Eyes And Faith

Colossians was a pivotal book in my growth as a new believer. The following is a snippet of my testimony. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to share all of my messy life. My life demonstrates what Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:15-16 “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—and I am the worst of them. But I received mercy … Read More Black Eyes And Faith

Monday with a chance of rain

Monday rolls around, and instead of refreshed from a Sunday rest,  we drag ourselves into the  work week. This morning, I woke up reminded that the Savior I know commands the storms of my life. Storms train me in patience. Storms coach me in perseverance. Storms drill me for long-suffering. Storms hone my mercy for others and myself. Storms educate me in compassion. Storms … Read More Monday with a chance of rain

Rooted: A Study of Colossians

Horoscopes, mysticism, Chinese fortune cookies, yoga, and New Age influenced philosophies… Can we use them to advance our knowledge? Can we adopt the good, motivational parts of the world to under-gird our faith in Jesus? Is there any room for an overwhelming emotional experience that forces an involuntary response to strengthen our faith? A popular devotional writer wrote her salvation experience this way, “Suddenly … Read More Rooted: A Study of Colossians

Be Light

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 Something changed in her, an innocence lost. As she looked out, the world seemed to be losing color, so she hung her head. The ground seemed to be shaking. She looked around. No one else seemed to notice. To her terror, she realized, she alone felt the tremors of … Read More Be Light

Not Loved, Not my People

Chosen! “Not You” these two words would slash and dice my self-image over and over as a child as an adult as a wife as a mother as a friend.  Come to think about it, there isn’t a situation that I can think of that these two words weren’t said to me. Once, I was invited to a birthday party so that a girl, … Read More Not Loved, Not my People

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