I wonder sometimes what our churches would look like if we let people come, with their real lives and pain and humanity, and we did not eat them up and spit them out of our Evangelical Industrial Faith Complex as either "cured" by Jesus, or so broken they no longer fit in anywhere in our theology or spaces.
Tomorrow I start my first day of the spring semester as a university student. This June marks a full year that I've been back in school, something that I never anticipated doing at this point. Reentering this world of academics at age 29 with two young children has been a major curve ball, but in… Continue reading What I’ve learnt from the last year of being a student (again).
"This is a revealing time" I heard that phrase recently on a podcast that I love, and it perfectly summarized what I've been feeling these last few weeks of isolation. Some of us are experiencing more literal isolation than others; but regardless if you're still able to leave your house, to work outside the home,… Continue reading Watershed: Part 2 – All the things we do not need
Good morning friend. How are you feeling today? Let's take big breath together. Let's be here, right now, together. Depending on where you are in North America as you read this, you're likely in week two or week three of social distancing and isolation. It's a strange and surreal thing to be collectively experiencing something like this,… Continue reading Watershed – Part 1: A global experience, experienced alone.
Good morning friend. I hope this post finds you well, even amidst some fear and anxiety. Seeing as we are all spending a little more time on line and at home these days, I wanted to offer you some encouragement. A space to breathe deeply for just a few minutes, and think about what is… Continue reading Mindfulness for the Moment
I haven't blogged from a personal space in awhile; for some reason I just haven't been writing about what's going on in my heart and what I'm learning. Going back to school has me writing in a different style and focus, and I've really enjoyed that. But writing straight from the heart, and bringing others… Continue reading Grace for the journey.
If you haven't already, please read the original post, before reading this update on how the blog post was received and reacted to. And if you're a survivor of spiritual abuse, please speak up and reach out. You're not alone. My life has changed since August 5th, when I posted a raw and revealing story… Continue reading Update: #churchtoo and the aftermath of publicly sharing my story of spiritual abuse
Beloved reader, I really didn't think I would post this piece publicly Doubt is a terrifying thing, and dismantling your faith (and/or worldview) can feel like you're losing your mind. I wasn't sure I wanted to do that "publicly". But in working through some of these struggles with friends and loved ones, I've become braver in sharing about doubt,… Continue reading Losing my faith
so·bri·e·ty /səˈbrīədē/ noun the state of being sober. Similar: soberness clear-headedness abstinence nonindulgence abstemiousness temperance Today I am 9 months sober. Before I left social media, I had noticed that sobriety was trending online. I was following a few sobriety accounts, and learning more about how things like "mommy wine culture" are subtle (not) ways… Continue reading What I’ve learnt From 9 Months of Sobriety
Victims of trauma often say the justice they seek isn't from the perpetrator, but rather from the bystander. Why didn’t anyone do anything? The bystander see the injustice, but does nothing to intercede. When the victim finally comes forward, or seeks justice, it is from this third party of bystander that it’s sought. The justice is in being believed, in being able to tell your own story, as you know it, and having the bystander recognize who is the perpetrator and who is the victim in the story.
This is a justice I was never afforded. For almost 10 years, I told no one my story, and I believed the narrative that I was told to believe.
I recently spoke with the beautiful and brilliant Maddy Moon on her podcast, Mind Body Musings, and wanted to share that episode with you here. Maddy's podcast has been a part of my life for almost 3 years, and her insight has shaped me in many ways. Her podcast has a lot of variety in… Continue reading An honest conversation about mothering, with Maddy Moon
This is a guest post, written by Lauren Ridgely, who bravely shares her family's story of losing their 8 day old son in the Health Sciences NICU. Lauren is a nurse, a mother of a fiery 3 year old daughter, and the wife of Justin. She's a fan-fiction writer, a deeply loyal friend, and a… Continue reading The Dawn Will Come – a story of infant loss