Suffering and the Heart of God

Suffering and the Heart of God

Trigger Warning: Discussion of abuse and other trauma I think of a passing conversation in which a Catholic man flippantly dismissed a young woman’s current struggles with the comment, “I guess she was molested as a child or whatever.” I think of the spiritually warped responses offered upon the breaking news of Josh Duggar’s abuse of several … [Read more...]

Being Brazen

Being Brazen

  It's no secret. In fact, it's right there in my writer's bio: I love the color turquoise. Clothing, home decor, writing instruments, tote bags, hand bags... all the turquoise. Before it was all the rage as a nail polish hue, donning it for my first trip to Allume felt bold. It sparked my creative self and just plain made me smile. Now … [Read more...]

Already Amazing {Meet Me in the Middle}

Already Amazing {Meet Me in the Middle}

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. --Romans 12:2 You're Already Amazing is the first of Holley Gerth's books that I read. It was one of a trio of books that profoundly impacted my faith, steering me onto … [Read more...]

Curious Faith  {A Book Review}

Curious Faith {A Book Review}

It’s not uncommon for me to let out a deep breath as I exit the parking lot after preschool drop off. Though this marks the second year since we said good-bye to homeschooling, it’s the first year that there is a portion of the day when all four of my children are in school. So, I breathe. And bask in the peace and silence. The ability to … [Read more...]

Fervent {Book Review}

Fervent {Book Review}

I sat in the driver's seat of our bullet gray Kia Sedona in the school pick up line, windows open, mid-September sun beating down... Neon yellow highlighter poised. Many moms detest the school pick up routine, and I admit: I spend a lot of time sitting in the car. However, it's become a peaceful time spent doing something I normally need … [Read more...]

You’re Loved No Matter What {A Book Review}

Do personality assessments intrigue you? I think they're so much fun! And oh, so revealing... Myers-Briggs? INFJ. Temperament? Melancholic-Phlegmatic. Life roles? Creator, Pioneer, Teacher. Love Language? Quality Time. Sacred Pathways? Sensate, Contemplative, Intellectual. I'm excited {of course} that my friend Holley Gerth's newest book is … [Read more...]

Fallen {A Book Review}

This book is riveting. It left me shaking my head in amazement. Annie Lobert's memoir, Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and into the Arms of the Savior, details highlights from her childhood, her descent into the sex industry, the unthinkable torture she endured while being trafficked, her escape, multiple brushes with death, and her miraculous … [Read more...]