Identity Confusion

When you don’t know your identity, you will attempt to identify with others and lose your God-given, unique identity.

Let’s Talk About Sex

Now that I’ve got your attention :). Sex. It’s a word Hollywood can’t stop making movies about and the church won’t talk about because it doesn’t know how to. Growing up, I learned about sex from Harlequin novels, lifetime movies, and Cosmopolitan magazine. Sex was presented as a common and casual thing. Sex and love…

Overcoming the Pain of Rejection

It doesn’t matter who or how many reject you. God sees you. He accepts you as you are. He says you are worthy even when people toss you aside. Rejection hurts. It’s a wound you can carry with you all your life, causing you to think untrue things about yourself. Rejection makes you feel unwanted…

Challenges are Opportunities for Growth

My sister-in-law sent me this photo of Chicago from the freeze earlier in the week. The frigid temperatures has been a challenge for her, but she was still able to see the beauty in the midst of its disruption to her life. And that’s what challenges are. An annoyance. A disruption. A thorn in our…

Letting Go of What Was

Have you ever had enough of something or someone that you’re ready to be done? You just can’t take anymore of whatever it is you’ve been putting up with for way too long. Deep in the recesses of your heart, you hope there is more and better than what you’ve got now. So you yearn…

Walking into New

This is a picture of Presque Isle state park, near my hometown in Pennsylvania. I love fresh fallen snow. So pure. So clean. So firm, yet gentle. So captivating. There’s something so very freeing in the beauty of fresh snow. So many new possibilities awaits. It reminds me of God’s love which is pure enough…

The Self Love Hype

Self love is the new fad. Promoting self is in. We see it with every swipe. You can’t escape it unless you’re disconnected from the social world.  I’m all for self love. After all, our Creator God says we are to love others as we love ourselves. And how can we love others if we…

Tis The Season to Want

   I was perusing Instagram on Black Friday while sipping a Starbucks latte and for an instant, (okay, maybe a tad longer) I wished for the buffet of family, food, fun and festivities my eyes were taking in. My heart sagged. Self-pity lurched. I can feel envy rising in me. I caught myself wanting the…

Thinking Right Thoughts

There’s a battle I contend with everyday and it starts in my mind. I have to grab hold of my thoughts before it grabs and pulls me into wrong thinking about myself and well…pretty much everything.  A thinker by design, I analyze everything to death. My thoughts can drain me if I don’t grab hold…