In the first week of October, I sat down at my computer. Yet, it was hours before a post finally came. Each letter and word felt stuck like syrup. Last week, the struggle was even more real. I was confident that it wasn’t because I haven’t been learning or growing. This current season I'm walking … Continue reading The Necessary Pause
The hot sting of the gravel made my eyes water as I pulled each embedded rock from my knee. It was a hot summer day and as a seven year old, I scrambled to find bandages to cover up the fresh wound from my fall before anyone found me. All the while, I repeated the … Continue reading Heart Check: Stone or Flesh?
For the past 26 years, I hated myself. I faithfully read scripture and devoted all my energy to loving God and others. But loving myself was a completely different story. Although, as God has been refining and reshaping me from the inside out, I am beginning to see myself the way He sees me. And … Continue reading “I LOVE ME”
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Luke 5:31 The more I study scripture and specifically the life of Jesus, I find that Jesus spent time with all people, regardless of their status in society, level of education, abilities or disabilities, age, or color of skin. So, as a disciple … Continue reading L.O.V.E. W.E.L.L.
From the day I was born, my world has revolved around my eyes. In the early days, my eyes were used to capture - Adventure. Attention. Approval. Yet I never attempted to keep them hidden or hindered. Their big brown nature showered simple lashes and innocence. My love for dressing up as a cowgirl or superhero … Continue reading My Eyes
The dark clouds and fierce wind seemed to be gaining momentum and width as I watched from my wheelchair in the parking lot. It was my first session with my counselor. Her smile was bright and welcoming as we went through the intake questions. Though my eyes couldn’t help but wander to the storm surrounding … Continue reading Healing through the Storm
https://youtu.be/opsEovDK2Pc Reading of the poem “You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness” ~Brene Brown~ For years, I gazed into my story as if looking through a window. Instead of seeing actions and people for what and who they were, it was as … Continue reading The Untold Story
Green, red, blue, yellow, and white lights with ornaments glisten around a tree, illuminating a family’s living room. The fresh and all-consuming smell of sugar cookies baking in the oven eagerly awaiting to be iced. The taste of Grandma’s pies and cinnamon rolls as each bite is savored among friends. The sound of children laughing … Continue reading H.O.P.E.
Thanksgiving… The huge holiday celebrated by millions here in America filled with sweet memories of food, friends, family and football often followed by the hustle and bustle of Black Friday is quickly approaching. As we neared this annual festivity two years ago, my middle school students and I were discussing the topic. For many, it … Continue reading For whom or what are you THANKFUL?
Fear.. A word that haunted me as I lay in the hospital after my first blood clot, then my second, and especially amplified after my strokes. What was causing this? Would it happen again? What else was I going to lose? Question upon question seemed to plague me, yet as each hour turned to a … Continue reading In the Face of Fear