Why Are We So Mean?

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” — Proverbs 10:12  Behind my kind eyes, smiling face, friendly attitude, and outgoing spirit is the capacity to say the cruelest, most hurtful things to another person. I have belittled, name called, and hurt the most beloved people in my life. Over the past few months, as I work through my own brokenness, I have […]

Spiritual Pressure.

I originally wrote this on September 22, 2013. Almost two years later, I feel these words resonate so deeply with me still. May it bless you on your journey. Someone once told me to rejoice in spiritual oppression because feeling opposition from evil means you’re doing something that Satan doesn’t like. That sounds like a nice rhetoric, yet […]

Something New.

  See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) My “Summer in the South” has ended and I am forever grateful for my time in North Carolina. I am grateful […]

Fighting When There’s Nothing Left.

This post was originally published for The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. You can view the original post here. “When the people we love or with whom we have a deep connection stop caring, stop paying attention, stop investing, and stop fighting for the relationship, trust begins to slip away and hurt starts seeping in.” […]

My Summer in the South: Unresolved Endings.

“When God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, He or She starts with an impossibility.” – Anne Lamott This past weekend, I psyched myself up for a solo camping trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I wanted […]

My Summer in the South: Sweat and Strength.

  “He gives power to the weak     and strength to the powerless.” – Isaiah 40:29 (NLT) As a poor grad student living in one of the most expensive cities in the United States, I don’t have the privilege of belonging to a gym. There are more important things I spend my money on…like rent and groceries. Being […]

My Summer in the South: Fireflies and an Aching Heart.

“When I study and understand my life story, I can then join God as a coauthor. I don’t have to settle for merely being a reader of my life; God calls me to be a writer of my future.” – Dan. B Allender, To Be Told I’m spending my summer in the south! … Well, technically I’m […]

Year One: This Work is F***ing Hard.

***CAUTION! Strong language is used in this post.*** Yesterday brought the completion of my first year of graduate school at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and let me tell you this… This work is fucking hard. I’m not talking about the papers that were written or the projects that were presented to classrooms full of bored-out-of-their-mind faces. […]

A Lost Relationship and Grief.

  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 I let go of many things moving to Seattle almost a year ago. I said, “Goodbye,” to many friendships, severing ties with some people, fully knowing I would never see many of them again. I maintained the important relationships […]

The Voices We Hear.

“And I know that I can survive. I will walk through fire to save my life. And I want it, I want my life so bad, I’m doing everything I can. You did not break me, I’m still fighting for peace.” – Sia, Elastic Heart I am surprised at how often I hear the voice of the […]