Friday 18th April 2014,

The awful fight of loneliness

No one wants to have coffee with me. Let me back up.  My husband and I moved in January to a new house in a suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth, and I’ve been fighting loneliness.  Our families are both [...]

April 17, 2014 Blog, Faith, Friendship, Grace, Women

The End is a New Beginning

My father was murdered on November 15th, 2012. The man who murdered him (or maybe “killer” if you prefer) woke up one day and decided he was going to take someone’s life whether or not that person had a family. [...]

April 14, 2014 Grief, Healing, Recovery


Standing rigid on pews creaking within my chest, I’ve got a choir of robed urchins squealing stale hymns about the books I should like, who I should admire, who I ought to be, and who should admire me. Hijackers in [...]

April 11, 2014 Acceptance, Special Guest, Struggles

The Attack of Anxiety

I remember the feeling all to well. My chest felt so tight. I could hear my heart beating, it seemed overwhelmingly loud, my mind was swirling. I began to feel flush. What on earth is happening to my body? I [...]

April 10, 2014 Anxiety, Insecurity, Suffering

Understanding Men and Demanding More of Them

“I’m never going to find myself a grown-ass man! I’m approaching 30 and still surrounded by children parading around as men. And the good ones always get snatched up immediately….” My friend makes this statement matter-of-factly while staring defiantly at [...]

April 9, 2014 advice, masculinity, Men, Women

The Biggest Lesson I’ve Ever Learned Came Through a Child

This past summer, I was working at a camp counseling young children while parents were in morning and evening chapel. A few weeks into the summer things began to get challenging for me. I hadn’t anticipated the amount of work [...]

April 7, 2014 advice, Doubt, Faith, God

He Loved Me Anyway

“I’m not having fat kids.” This sentence rang through my head each time I ate or put on a swimsuit, and parents don’t lie to their children. I was probably about eight years old when it started, and being that [...]

April 3, 2014 Abuse, God, Healing, hope

What’s the Point of God?

“Oh shit, shit, shit!” My entire car panicked as the lights flashed behind us. One of my friends was on probation, and she was underage. Their hearts sunk to their stomachs and got soaked in scotch and rum. “Guys, j-just [...]

April 2, 2014 Doubt, Faith, God

Letting the bridges burn

A few months ago, my husband and I were having lunch after church in my hometown. Within a few minutes of getting our meal, my best friend from high school and her family walked in the door of the restaurant. [...]

April 1, 2014 Faith, Friendship, God, Grace, Healing, Women

Our Freedom Comes with Chains

The United States is seen as the most “free” and liberated country on earth. We can start our own business, buy our own homes, vote for whatever president we want, carry guns, and more. We can even break into a [...]

March 31, 2014 Boundaries, God, Self Harm