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What ‘Self-Love’ is Really Supposed to Mean

Let me start right off the bat by saying that I think the term ‘self-love’ is super cringy. Like…ew. But it’s everywhere right now. The topic and its moniker are headlined in psychology articles, pop music lyrics, books, blogs, and memes galore. And it begs the...

What 'Self-Love' is Really Supposed to Mean

5 Ways To Help Your Kids Build a Solid Identity

We are in an all-out identity crisis these days. Though it is part of the human experience to try to sort out who we are at different stages of life, never has that need become as critical or as urgent as it is right now. Whether it’s about gender, sexual...

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Build a Solid Identity

Dying to My Old Self: A Eulogy

I’ve spent a lifetime pursuing emotional and spiritual wholeness, and I’ve come to learn that it’s pretty near impossible to find that kind of life without first experiencing death. No one likes death and dying, but they are necessary processes to get rid of the...

Stop Striving and Start Thriving

We live in an insanely fast-paced world. Most of us barely finish one thing before careening into the next. On top of that, there’s an awful lot of pressure to not only succeed, but to look amazing while you’re doing it. Like it’s no big thing. Pinterest-worthy...

Stop Striving and Start Thriving

Should Every Christian Adopt?

November is National Adoption Month here in the US. That might not mean much to you now, but I'm going to tell you why it should. And, I'm going to challenge you to think a little more (and maybe a little differently) about what it means to adopt. First, a little...

Should Every Christian Adopt?

Desperate to Belong: Confessions of a Former Insider

I have a confession to make.  After going through all of my school years as the nerdy, prudish, goody-two-shoes type of kid nobody really liked, I finally became one of the 'popular girls.' At church.  That was never my goal, but it happened. I met this incredible...

Belong

Finding God in the Eye of the Storm

Well, the storm is upon us now. As I write, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on south Florida, wreaking havoc on its people and their property. It's also wreaking havoc on our nerves. Prayer chains and prayer requests have flooded my inbox and social media feed, and...

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Live Like an Overcomer (Even When Your Problem Won’t Budge!)

If you've made it past the title, you're doing pretty good so far. I don't know about you, but I hate it when I hear that what I want isn't the same as what I need. Especially when it comes to something I am really praying for. A breakthrough. Victory....

Overcomer

Why Do I Always Want What’s Bad for Me?

I could hear its seductive call from Aisle 2. Buy me. You know you want to. What could it hurt? The past couple of years have been brutal and emotionally draining, and I've put on nearly 20 pounds. Last week, I finally decided I've had enough of that, and I'm ready...

sin, shame, and Romans 7-8

You Are Braver Than You Think (and here’s why)

Most dictionaries will tell you that brave means "fearless" or "without fear," but for the life of me, I can't figure out why that is. I mean, how can you be brave if you're  not facing something you fear? And is there some kind of standard for bravery, or is being...