mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Finding Freedom From Shame

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. A therapist once pointedly suggested that I was experiencing shame. I promptly suggested she was wrong. Shame is for people who’ve done egregiously terrible things, I thought (which is kind of all of us, I now realize, “for all have sinned and fall short… Continue reading Finding Freedom From Shame

book reflections, mental health & wellness, spiritual, work & vocation

Climbing the Ladder

In some recent posts, both This Is Not a Travel Blog and Roots and Shoots, I've mentioned Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's book The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture. Truly, it's one of the most necessary, even prophetic books I've come across -- prophetic because stability is not something twenty-first century Westerners practice and necessary because stability is something twenty-first century Westerners… Continue reading Climbing the Ladder


Halloween and the “Who Are You?” Question

“She’s the smart one.” That was the last thing I expected to hear upon entering a bar. But, man, did it feel great. It was Halloween and I was dressed like Velma from Scooby Doo, while friends were Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby. When we arrived anywhere, it would gradually dawn on spectators who we… Continue reading Halloween and the “Who Are You?” Question

mental health & wellness, spiritual

I asked God if it was okay to be introverted

This is the first post in my "God Says Yes" series.   I'm not just alluding again to Kaylin Haught's poem here. I've actually asked God if it's okay to be introverted. Why would we think it's not okay to be introverted? Introverts look around us and extroverts seem to be most visible. At work and school, we… Continue reading I asked God if it was okay to be introverted

arts & creativity, spiritual

“God Says Yes To Me”

I've asked therapists, pastors, and friends all kinds of questions over the years. Is it okay for me to be a joyful person and have depression, okay to have both doubt and faith, okay to be an introvert and a leader? I won't get into those answers just yet. Because, what I think my permission-seeking questions… Continue reading “God Says Yes To Me”