At the end of 2016, my mind took a dangerous turn onto the road of suicidal thoughts. Experts say that if you have developed a plan for how to kill yourself, it's an emergency. I had developed a few plans. I knew that if I didn't get help, my family would be burying me long … Continue reading Seeing a psychiatrist saved my life
It is not unusual for Christians to question God when we suffer and when we observe evil in the world. But Good Friday offers good lessons for those who grapple with a circumstance God has the power to prevent. That's because the crucifixion of Christ was one of the most preventable events in human history. … Continue reading Why does God allow preventable things?
Every mom feels tired, defeated, ornery, overwhelmed, or depressed at some point or another. I have too. For years, I linked my negative emotions to the demands of motherhood since I had never really felt quite so stressed and irritable until my kids were born. But now that my children are grown, why do I … Continue reading What if motherhood is not the problem?
Motherhood, the Christian life, and life in general offer many opportunities for feeling flawed and hopeless. When we sin, we feel unworthy of God's love. When we make parenting mistakes, we feel our children deserve better. When family and friends reject us, we feel despised. I am beginning to realize how much of my adult … Continue reading When You’re Feeling Worthless
I've spent the past three days staring at the Atlantic Ocean from the balcony of a condo at Kiawah Island. There's nothing quite like spending time with God as nature stares back, speaking truth. You'll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. Micah 7.19 (MSG) That's where God wants our sins. Thrown where … Continue reading What does it mean to cover sin?
With only two weekends left before Christmas, you may be reckoning with the fact that time is running out to create the holiday you envisioned on December 1st. On that day, you may have scanned Pinterest for decorating ideas, kids' crafts, and cookie recipes, but none of those holiday activities have materialized. Maybe you intended … Continue reading Advent Reflection: Let go of Christmas craziness