The Top 10 Things My Anxiety Taught Me

A few weeks ago, I confessed the anxiety I’d endured during this past summer and fall, a strange and overwhelming paranoia that choked the life out of me. It turned out my dismal thinking patterns were partly to blame, as was my insistence on ignoring my inner life. I honestly didn’t know if I would make it … Continue reading The Top 10 Things My Anxiety Taught Me

Why I’ve Been Gone: All The Sunday Mornings Never Prepared Me For This

I think I'm finally ready to tell you what's been going on, where I've been. The past three months, when my writing slowed and eventually stopped, have been a blur. Not because they've gone quickly - they've been excruciatingly slow most of the time. But because I am still trying to make sense of it. … Continue reading Why I’ve Been Gone: All The Sunday Mornings Never Prepared Me For This

Growing Up White and Guilty In America

I am going to out some of the white folks here. But mostly I am here to out myself. These are just some thoughts on racism and my own confessions. Please take them as that. I write these words with fear and trembling.  Would I have been like Jill Fenstin here, brave enough to stand for equality? … Continue reading Growing Up White and Guilty In America

What to do while you’re waiting

A couple weekends ago, I flew to Atlanta with my baby to visit family. It was a whirlwind of hugs and food, late nights dancing and long, long lines. The kind with X-ray machines and barefoot waiting. Everyone will help a mama and her baby, though; that was nice. The short trip was full of waiting … Continue reading What to do while you’re waiting

The Problems at the Border Are the Ones We Want

They're coming by the thousands, mothers with their infants and children, teenagers, grown men and women. They're fleeing countries without hope or opportunity. They've been told by their governments that if they make it to the United States, they can stay. They may never pass through Ellis Island, may never see the mother that stands … Continue reading The Problems at the Border Are the Ones We Want

What Are You Doing With Your Life?

In the last year of high school, I remember the feeling that this was the season of life I would finally find myself. Cause that’s what you do in your twenties, right? Finally free of my parents’ restrictions and mandated class attendance, I'd finally be able to answer two plaguing questions: Who am I? and … Continue reading What Are You Doing With Your Life?

Two Traits You Absolutely Must Possess If You Want to Fulfill Your Calling

{In honor of the release of Called To Come Alive, we are talking about calling all week on the blog. Today I am pleased to introduce Andrew Gilmore as my guest. He's a blogger friend of mine with a passion for the Bible, and how it practically applies to our lives. He's not preachy though - he … Continue reading Two Traits You Absolutely Must Possess If You Want to Fulfill Your Calling

On Going Back To Work: A Letter To My Babies

I can hardly remember it, but there was a time when I wasn't a mother, your mother. I wasn't even the girl other parents called to babysit. I never asked to hold other people's children. Yet God wanted to make a mother of me, and if I'm honest, I saw it in me all along. So … Continue reading On Going Back To Work: A Letter To My Babies

The One Reason Jesus Might Be Mad At You

The preacher at my childhood church used to yell during his sermons. I remember being scared of him. But it was a charismatic church in the 80s, and maybe that's how God talked back then. I've been nervous to hear from God most of my life, and perhaps my old pastor is to blame. I … Continue reading The One Reason Jesus Might Be Mad At You