Hardships and Trials, Mental illness, surrender

Admitting Depression

Many joke of 2020 was the worst.  But it was January 2021. I lived through the nastiest month ever. No lie. No exaggeration. I’ve had bad months or seasons before, where a part of my life was in disarray or reeling from tragedy or loss. But January 2021 had tentacles that spread and infected all… Continue reading Admitting Depression

Hope and Love

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas… What does that even mean? As a child, this phrasing meant a swirly, whispering wind that traveled through the air, passing the lit-up Christmas trees with gorgeously wrapped presents beneath them, or past stockings hung on a mantle over a crackling fire, or through a kitchen full of savory and sweet… Continue reading The Spirit of Christmas

Heart Issues, Showing love

Heart Condition Change

Did you know today’s children and young adults are the least Christian generation our nation has ever had? It’s true. So recently, when my daughter came crying to me about “fake” friends who consistently lie (about big and small things) and have no follow-through on what they say they’ll do, I reminded her about the… Continue reading Heart Condition Change

Relationships

Our Innate Need for Community

“God doesn’t want anyone to be alone, and I’m not going to disappoint Him.” That’s a powerful quote from my grandmother, something she said to my mother when she was a child. They apply, among other things, to how we do life with others, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ. God made us to… Continue reading Our Innate Need for Community