A member of my small group mentioned a challenge within Christian spheres seen on social media. Let me preface this by saying, if maintaining a social media presence is a source of anxiety, distress, or depression for you, know that it has been intentionally configured to release the same dopaminergic euphoria to the brain as … Continue reading What is Weaponized Faith?
There have been so many times in my life where I presumed certain truths went without saying. There has never been a time in my life where I've seen that more greatly disproven than in the last 5 years. Something about having children awakened me to the reality of the "spiritual forces of wickedness" at … Continue reading The Goal of Entertainment
Sally Clarkson's, Help, I'm Drowning is healing balm to a weary, storm-tossed soul.
I keep hearing people use this expression as if it is a bad thing, referencing things that just don't seem to work, are frustrating, or ill-suited to one's needs or efforts. Being the literary minded person I am, I've always enjoyed figures of speech and discovering their origins. I'm also a nerd for preserving the … Continue reading Square Pegs in Round Holes
As a means of brightening my own soul as I rebuke anxiety in my own mind during the coldest, darkest part of the year, I've decided to intentionally cultivate joy and gratitude by focusing on Christ and that which points to Him and the good, beautiful, and true things in this world. So I thought … Continue reading Advent Poetry: Shadows, D.H. Lawrence
I'll be honest, humility is difficult for me. In part because I never really understood humility as a virtue growing up. In my house, humility and meekness were seen as undesirable and signs of weakness. I was groomed from a young age to be assertive. It wasn't my nature then. I wasn't really aggressive enough … Continue reading Walking in Humility
I read an article in the paper that really just made me sad. Mostly because I could empathize with the parents being written about. I worked as a 1:1 Teacher Assistant for high school students with autism for 2 years in North Carolina. Prior to that I had subbed for grades k-12 and the kids … Continue reading Distance Learning Isn’t Homeschooling
Guys, it's for realsies truth time. I've been trudging through all the emotions lately. The negative ones I feel bad telling my closest friends about because I feel like I leech all their joy with my "down-ness." But I told 'em anyway. And they lifted me up! They reminded me who I am in Christ … Continue reading My Prayer for the Church
you ever had one of those gnawing convictions that you can't seem to explain to other people? That's been me and worship lately. My sister in law talks me through many of my spiritual struggles because I can trust her to do so objectively. And that's one of the reasons I love her. But she … Continue reading Worship in Spirit and Truth
I've been in a weird place with our transition to our new church. I've felt loved, and encouraged, but at the same time, there's a feeling kind of like a cute new pair of shoes; they look great, but they aren't broken in and they still feel a little weird. Like, when you buy a … Continue reading Feeding Myself on God’s Word