When Facebook Slapped Me in the Face

When Facebook Slapped Me in the Face

Facebook has this handy little feature in which it brings up "memories," things you've posted on that particular day in previous years. It makes for some serious nostalgia, oohs and ahs over baby pictures, plenty of laughs, and occasional cringing. Ultimately, I'm a fan because these memories highlight how much I've changed. Or maybe I should … [Read more...]

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...]

It’s Time to Put Victims First, Part 2 {All Sin Is Not Equal}

It’s Time to Put Victims First, Part 2 {All Sin Is Not Equal}

*Trigger warning As an extension of my recent post about putting child sexual abuse victims first, I’d like to offer some suggestions about how changing our thoughts and words can better protect them. * * * I keep hearing this refrain: “Sin is sin.” I’ve heard it from friends in person, and it abounds on Facebook and blogs. From people I know … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Put the Victims First

It’s Time to Put the Victims First

Photo Credit Trigger warning *** Sitting in the peace of Mass in our little parish chapel, words from the Gospel of Matthew snapped me to attention:  2He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said:'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of … [Read more...]

Drawing Near During Holy Week

Drawing Near During Holy Week

It's only been in recent years that my faith moved from head knowledge to personally encountering Jesus. One big breakthrough in this process came during Holy Week a few years back. Although Jesus's death convicts me deeply of my own sin, this particular year He had a different focus: meeting me in my brokenness and guiding me to healing. I'm … [Read more...]

Different Kinds of Dreams

  Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. Some are concrete and easily measurable: Hitting your goal weight or running a marathon. Flipping a house. Starting a business. Finishing college. Having another baby. Writing a book. Other dreams are not so tangible. They involve interior or relational work. It's a sense of … [Read more...]

Finding Spiritual Whitespace {A Review}

This post is part of the  “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour” which I am a part of, along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   The memory floated into my consciousness unexpectedly. It was my final year of college, and I was finishing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I stood beside my … [Read more...]

What Breaks your Heart? {And the Opportunity to Love on Orphans}

What Breaks your Heart? {And the Opportunity to Love on Orphans}

Today's post is a response to Bonnie Gray's writing prompt: broken. *** There was a time when I thought being broken meant I was weak. Broken equaled not being enough. It meant I was unacceptable. A failure. Damaged. These lies dominated my life during a time when I believed my performance determined my worth, especially in God's … [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...]