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You’ve Never Seen Transformation Like This

If you’re at all like me, every time you log onto a social media platform, you’re bound to see some amazing before-and-after photos of people who have undergone an incredible transformation. It’s hard to just scroll by without scrutinizing the images. To be honest,...

How I Finally Overcame Mental Illness

Whoa…overcame? That’s a pretty bold statement in the title, even for me. Mental illness (anxiety, depression, PTSD) has dogged me most of my life, and handicapped me for a good portion of it. But not today. Not for a whole year. And now, I’m going to do my very...

Grafted In: My Interview on the Ordinary Faith Podcast

Hey everybody! Here is a link to my very first podcast interview about my book, Grafted In. It aired on the Ordinary Faith Podcast, hosted by Dan Jackson, on Monday, September 17, just prior to the official release of the book on the 18th. I met Dan a little over a...

Oh Hey, Anxiety. You’ve Been Unfriended.

Sometimes I think that if I write enough posts about my anxiety, I may just get somewhere with it. Well…it may actually be working, and I thought I’d let y’all in on a little technique I’ve been using to deal with it. Not too long ago, I wrote that I’ve given up...

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 3

This week’s post is the last installment of a three-part series on lessons I learned from my stay in a 30-day residential treatment center. This week, I’m especially pumped to share something extremely practical and hands-on. A plan. A tool you can create (or...

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 1

I could hardly believe the words that came spilling out of my mouth: “Can you find me a residential treatment center?  A Christian one?” Within minutes of blurting that out, my husband found me just such a place–one that specializes in mental health issues–and he...

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...

Sunday’s Coming

You can begin again.All creation declares this truth; even the very seasons themselves make this claim again and again as a reminder. Here, in the Northeast, winters can feel intolerably long, and the closer we come to spring, the more painful and intolerable each...

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How to Find a Hope That Won’t Disappoint You

The subject of hope has come up more than a few times this week, which usually leads me to believe God is up to something. Well, of course he's up to something...he's God. Anyway, hope is an emotionally-charged word for some people. It has been for me. I've had a...

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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