Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, Welcome to the last month of the year! We’ve been through a lot together. From living in a continuing pandemic, inaugurating a new president, watching continuing tension around the world, and yet still hoping and believing in a good God who cares...
The Unlikely Friendship of Grief

The Unlikely Friendship of Grief

Pain is a strange companion of ours, whether we like it or not. There’s pain in our very welcome to this world, we fall and scrape our knees as we learn to walk, baby teeth have to be pulled in order for permanent teeth to show up and do their work. Seeds must shatter...
Grieving Without Giving Up

Grieving Without Giving Up

I’m sitting here writing an article about grieving at a time when I’m grieving more than I ever have in my life. You might think it’s the worst time to tackle a topic like this, but in some ways it’s therapeutic. My husband, excuse me, ex-husband, filed for divorce a...
Learning to Leverage Humble Pie

Learning to Leverage Humble Pie

My closest friend in high school told me—on several occasions—that I was a “know-it-all.” Today the most common tagline I might be given is “she’s so real and vulnerable.” How did that happen? How did I go from an attitude of pride and I know what’s best to being...
Practicing Vulnerability at Home

Practicing Vulnerability at Home

Sometimes vulnerability makes me squirm—particularly in my closest relationships and when the stakes are highest. This is ironic, considering that as an author, vulnerability is sort of my jam. Readers who’ve read my very personal memoir have shared their appreciation...
Affirmed by God

Affirmed by God

Sometimes I dream in other languages. My subconscious mind takes words or phrases I’ve learned in my travels or from my international students and incorporates them into random scenes and interactions.  But I had one particular dream that was more than just a mash-up...
Letter From the Editor

Letter From the Editor

Dear Friend, Do you believe that you are completely and wholly loved by God? Some people more readily feel it than others. Maybe those who grew up in nurturing families instinctively know that God loves them, while those who struggled with hard parental relationships...
Learn to Live Like You’re Loved

Learn to Live Like You’re Loved

I sat at my computer, trying desperately to come up with a few words that made sense. But nothing came. I felt empty. Overwhelmed. Beaten down. I questioned my ability to write. My power to keep going. My worth as a person. These feelings were not new. In fact, they...
Failure’s Transforming Power

Failure’s Transforming Power

Sitting in the sand, I buried my 5-year-old eyes in my knees. I wasn’t hurt, but I was embarrassed that I had fallen. My trainer tried helping me up, but I wanted to wait for my mom to climb through the wooden, split-rail fence. When she got to me, she said, “You have...
Love’s Ferocity

Love’s Ferocity

Almost nine months into marriage, I finally feel like I’m coming up for air. The months have swirled and surged, waves of adjustment rolling one after another, fighting the tide of learning to listen and placing my husband, Eric’s, needs in front of mine. Fresh into a...
Standing in Faith on Level Ground

Standing in Faith on Level Ground

Is it wrong to believe that good begets good?  Children are rewarded for doing the right thing and punished for doing the wrong. Right and wrong may vary in size and scope dependent upon the age of the child, culture, home, social context, and familial context....

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