More than My Trauma

The past year and a half, it has been hard for me not to define myself by my trauma. I have been through some things. I’ve had some long, complicated experiences that have been arduous to process. Years worth of mess to sort through. And it has been hard not to stay stuck. I’m sure […]

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Learning to Be Weak

I have been learning the same lesson over and over the past several months––actually more like the past two years. The lesson is this: I am weak. At times I’ve felt intensely frustrated, stuck, even hopeless, wondering if this season will ever end. But what can I say? God is a thorough teacher. Not Okay The […]

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Division in America

I’ve been thinking a lot about America these days. There is a long history of hatred and injustice that has gotten passed down over generations. We can’t just judge and analyze events in isolation.

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Going Deeper: What Happens When I Worship

Sometimes to go farther, you have to go back. Just for a moment. You have to go back to that place of greatest fear, that space of rawest vulnerability, that area of deep disappointment. You have to re-enter that place for just a moment in order to overcome it. That’s what often happens to me […]

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Cambodia: Tears of Love

I had an amazing time doing missions in Cambodia last week. Going into the trip I was excited to release joy, freedom, and healing to the people of Cambodia, but as I reflect back on all God did through my team, I realize that the most powerful thing we brought to Cambodia was our love. […]

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Done with Performing

Last weekend at my church’s Praise Team Retreat, I performed a song I wrote. It was the first time I’ve ever performed an original song for a group of people, and I was pretty nervous. I expected that. What I didn’t expect was getting so choked up with emotion that I could barely croak out […]

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Destined for Motherhood

Called to be a Mother. It started as a joke. A few months ago, while getting on a friend’s case about something he needed to get done, I apologized for “being such a mom,” which he immediately ran with. Comments like, “Yeah, stop being such a mom!” and “Thanks, MOM,” began to litter my Facebook […]

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The Key to Forgiveness: Being Made Unoffendable

At my church retreat this past weekend there was a lot of talk about dying to yourself. “Just die!” was a favorite mantra of one of the speakers. Sometimes I focus so much on the new life I have, on the promises of God, that I forget that those things were bought at a price––they […]

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