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...]

Who Is In Your Circle?

I’ve spent too much energy on my third circle—the most draining, discouraging, and soul-sucking of circles. It’s here that the naysayers dwell. The pessimists. The fearful. The broken who break others. Too often, I wrongly believe that if I try hard enough or say just the right thing, I can win the love and approval of those people. I fret, … [Read more...]

What is Community?

Are you in a lonely season, searching for your own tribe? Maybe you don't know what this kind of community looks like because you've never experienced it before? I've been there. If that's the case, lean in now and listen closely... You're invited. There is a place for you-- a place of encouragement and conversation. Profound community … [Read more...]

Wounded

Wounded

Trigger warning: mentions sexual abuse  Today, I'm linking with Bonnie Gray's Faith Jam community. We are writing about the word wounded.   So, here's the thing about wounds. We all have them. It's impossible to go through life without being hurt, either by your own choices or the choices of others. In fact, Jesus lays it out in … [Read more...]

(in)couragement–Coming Your Way

(in)couragement–Coming Your Way

If you've ever longed to hear, "I know how you feel. I've been there too," If you've ever wanted a safe place of Christ-centered encouragement, If you've ever felt lonely, wishing you could connect with other women like yourself, Then (in)courager groups are for you. (in)courager groups are small, online groups for women to create … [Read more...]

She’s in There Somewhere {Allumination, Part 2}

She’s in There Somewhere {Allumination, Part 2}

I am so thrilled that Bonnie Gray is reigniting her Thursday Faith Jams. Each week, she explores an aspect of faith by offering a specific writing prompt. Bloggers link up their posts, or readers comment on Bonnie's blog, and then they visit each other's sites for different takes on the prompt. This week's is: Be yourself. I arrived at Allume … [Read more...]

When God Shows Up {Allumination, Part 1}

When God Shows Up {Allumination, Part 1}

I slid into the breakfast buffet line as it winded down. My roommate, Christine, jokingly entreated me to exercise caution with the coffee cream, as I had overshot with it the first time. As she jested, a man slipped into line behind me, waiting for coffee. Men at Allume are few. By the jeans and tee he donned, I assumed him to be a husband of … [Read more...]