Intentional growth

This Moment Is Your Life

I live in my head too much. I get lost in worrying about tomorrow, regretting the past, and the fantasy of wants and wishes: so much so that I easily miss what’s in front of me. Life happens in the moments, and I too often miss them. Worrying about tomorrow is easy. It’s almost natural… Continue reading This Moment Is Your Life

Loving Others, Resting in Christ, security, wisdom

Learning to Turn My Gaze Outward

My shyness was almost painful and certainly debilitating. As a little kid I’d hide behind my mom, the couch, a tree, whatever was handy, willing myself to disappear into the very earth if possible. Don’t look at me, I’d plead inwardly. Don’t make me speak. Over the years it grew worse, not better. I’d settle… Continue reading Learning to Turn My Gaze Outward

Grace

How Grace Shatters Shame

You might not have recognized me, might even have tried to avoid me, had you met me in my teen years. I was a foul-mouthed, often drunk, angry, and self-destructive kid. I viewed my circumstances as hopeless and myself worthless and regularly lived as if both those statements were true.  But then God began reaching… Continue reading How Grace Shatters Shame