Mental Health Awareness Month: Self-Care as a Priority

Today is the last day of Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States.  It has been a long May for me personally, with lots of waiting and lots of personal boundaries pushed.  I have felt tons of pressure to always be present and always be helpful and it has left me feeling drained.  Completely … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month: Self-Care as a Priority

Approaching Reciprocity, Part 2: Why I Still Struggle with God

I am going to be very honest.  I don't know the last time I spoke to God about things concerning my life.  The big things.  The things that scare me.  The things in my heart to do.  The things that I struggle with God about in some major ways.  I just...haven't had the words, per … Continue reading Approaching Reciprocity, Part 2: Why I Still Struggle with God

Being “Open-Minded” is Harder Than I Thought.

Most people would like to consider themselves open-minded.  I don't think it's a terrible goal for one to have for oneself, especially if you plan to be a bridge-builder or reconciler...or just a decent person.  The only problem is that I've recently discovered this personality trait to be so much harder to attain than I … Continue reading Being “Open-Minded” is Harder Than I Thought.

The Degree that Almost Didn’t Happen

On this coming Saturday at 10 am, I will be seated in graduation regalia at Liberty University, impatiently waiting for the moment I hear my name called.  This is a moment that admittedly almost didn't happen. When I started my tenure at Liberty, I began as a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program. … Continue reading The Degree that Almost Didn’t Happen

For Church Kids Who Are Grown Now & Aren’t Sure If They’re Saved Enuff

I've been in church all of my life.  My mother went into labor with me while she was teaching a children's Vacation Bible School class.  So I guess you can say that if there was anyone who was predestined to be a church kid, it would be me. I was the church kid who stayed … Continue reading For Church Kids Who Are Grown Now & Aren’t Sure If They’re Saved Enuff

#TopTen: Major Personal Lessons from 2014

(Image: http://www.wordfocus.com) Wow, it's December 30, 2014.  What a year!  I am so grateful for the many lessons that I was blessed to learn this year and here are just a few that I'd like to highlight. 10. Don't be afraid. This sounds so easy, right? Right.  I don't think I've been shy about discussing ways in … Continue reading #TopTen: Major Personal Lessons from 2014

Grist for the Mill…

(Photo source: wikipedia.org) "Everything is grist for the mill."  I first heard this expression used by my professor in one of my intensives this summer to describe us having a variety of experiences, even those outside what we desire to focus on or specialize in.  The idiom means that everything can be used; everything is beneficial. … Continue reading Grist for the Mill…