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Love Laid Down

Love Laid Down

If you hear someone reference the love chapter in the Bible most people think of 1 Corinthians 13. It tells us what love is and what it’s not, and it is used to paint a beautiful picture with words at wedding ceremonies and Valentine banquets.  But tucked away in...

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Who Is God When You Are Hurting?

Who Is God When You Are Hurting?

Twenty years after my only sibling and brother died, I struggled again. I wrestled with unanswered questions, trying to understand why God didn’t save him from taking his life. Through the lens of my grief and pain, I was wavering in my belief in who I thought God...

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Hopeful Anticipation

Hopeful Anticipation

We’ve all experienced disappointment, of something not turning out the way we expected, of hope deflated.  Sometimes the anticipation feels better than the thing itself.  For me, Christmas is like that. I countdown the days in joyful expectation. Yet every...

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We Are All Warriors

We Are All Warriors

I’m pretty sure no one has ever called me a prayer warrior. I pray, of course, and if you ask me to pray for you, I assure you I will. But I’ll need to set a reminder in my phone or jot a note to myself so I don’t forget. I believe in the power of prayer, I really do,...

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Slowing The Shame Spiral

Slowing The Shame Spiral

I didn’t realize how upset I was until I stepped out of the house and made my way to the car. My mind was swirling with thoughts – a mix of anger, disappointment and shame:   I’m a failure. I’m never going to be a good enough mom or wife. It’s not safe to be...

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Telling Myself The Truth

Telling Myself The Truth

One day, when I was a young mom, I had a conversation with an older woman about how she seemed so at peace with herself. She said to me, “I’ve reached the age when I’m just not willing to lie to myself anymore.”  I remember thinking “That sounds amazing! I wonder what...

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Brianna

Brianna

I had been happy and content as a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. But after turning 30, I began to struggle with my identity. I started searching for validation, empowerment and purpose from outside voices and opinions. I joined a fitness group and found exactly what I...

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Confession Meets Mercy

Confession Meets Mercy

God met me in the crowded food court of a Galleria Mall once.  I was on my lunch break from managing the nearby Hallmark store, chewing on a soft pretzel and dripping marinara sauce down the front of my work uniform. I’d brought my pen and journal along with me...

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How To Hug A Cactus: RESTORED

How To Hug A Cactus: RESTORED

This is Part 2 of John and Angel Beeson’s story. If you have not had a chance to read Part 1 be sure to do so HERE.  JOHN: In the weeks following Angel’s confession of adultery I was in a state of shock. I was asked to take a leave of absence from the...

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