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BTS, Pandemics, & the Loss of My Soulmate

I’m going to try really hard to not make this a stream of consciousness type of thing, but this whole pandemic/quarantine/epic-world-crisis situation is sending my emotions into overdrive. I’m feeling all the feels pretty much every day, but my biggest recurring...

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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

I Used to Hate Women

I used to hate women. I honestly did. Well, hate is a pretty strong word. But it does encompass other strong emotions, like fear, intimidation, and distrust. I was always uncomfortable around them. I felt unsafe. Invisible—and at times, exposed. The sad memory of...

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?

3 Lessons I Learned From Raising Teenagers

I've got four, count 'em, FOUR teenagers. Plus one who's graduated into early adulthood (and trust me, sometimes that still counts). They are all good kids, each one making us proud in so many ways. I love them all to pieces, but holy moly, this season can be...

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The Reason I Choose Grief

Another loss today. Not the death of a person, but it's a death nonetheless. For someone like me, one for whom everything that matters is also a matter of the heart, losses are crushing. And they don't play fair. They stir up the unresolved grief and pain of...

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Redwoods, Racism, and Christian Community

Last week, on the first day of my first visit to Northern California, I visited one of the famed redwood forests. It is difficult to describe the experience other than to list a few words that left a lasting imprint on my soul. Majesty. Peace. Stillness. Holiness....

Redwoods, Racism, Community

6 Ways You Can Love Better Starting TODAY

Love. According to God, Author and Creator of all things, love is pretty important. In fact, it's actually number one on his list. It is the motivator behind all he does and says. And as we are called to imitate him, love must be in and through all our words and...

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3 Things Adoption Taught Me About Love

Every time my family goes somewhere all together, we end up causing a stir. One time during a road trip, we stopped at McDonald's for lunch, and I let my kids go first up to the counter. The five of them--two Asians, two Africans, and one skinny white kid--noisily...

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