Living with my Anxiety

Every morning before I get out of bed, I roll over and look out of the window. Sometimes it’s dark and dreary and other times it’s bright and sunny. Sometimes there’s even a blur to the outside world. The trees, that yesterday had been so strong, seem to have taken […]

How Desperation Drove Me to Rest

What makes a Baptist go off alone for a silent retreat at a Catholic monastery? Desperation. My current living situation and lifestyle surrounds me with very little chance for quiet. Struggles on the home front have led to struggles in my faith. Struggles in my faith have left me tired […]

5 Truths for Icky Days

Have you ever heard of fish ich? It’s pronounced like “ick,” and it’s an actual illness occurring in fish aquariums. The balance of the water gets off and causes this particular strain of bacteria to grow and the fish in the tank start to look … well, icky. There’s really […]

The Year I Quit Shoulding

I learned a lot about myself last year. One of the hardest things about taking an honest inventory of our lives is not only dealing with the ways we’ve been hurt by others, but also the ways in which we inflict harm upon ourselves. Whether it be in poor boundaries, […]

Taking Step Eleven

Step 11. Seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. I suck at step eleven. Also, Mom, I just said “suck,” and I know you never […]

Learning To Be Gentle

The pastors at my church preached through Philippians this fall. It’s a particular favorite of mine and it was a treat to hear it again, to consider Paul’s instructions on community and perseverance as they relate to this season of my life. The week before Thanksgiving, the message focused on […]

Baby Steps

Step 8: Make a list of all persons we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all. My son My husband Step 9: Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. I skipped a week. I did […]

You Best Step, Sister

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ― Ernest Hemingway If I wanted to live my life in comparison, I could always find someone worse than me, right? If I just compare myself to people most would […]