On Swim Lessons, and Surrendering to Love over Fear

Our brains and bodies are wired to protect us against threats. But what about when we perceive threats that aren’t really there? Is there a way that we can shift our thoughts to a more loving place, in order to move forward instead of getting stuck in our fear?  When I was younger, I took…

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Lay Down Your Shame

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” -‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:1‬ ‭⠀ ⠀ When I wrestle with the weight of shame, my past says to hide. It says “you are not welcome here.” It chokes and stifles. It makes me feel like I’m covered in grime and stains that cannot be…

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Shame Spirals and Learning to Let Go

Shame Spirals Since January, I’ve been learning how to play piano. It’s slow going, but it brings me a lot of joy to be able to play and sing worship music (even in the comfort of my own home). Sometimes I play in front of others, but mostly it’s just me and Jesus in my…

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Open

|| O P E N || A suddenly free day created an expanse of time for thought around this word. …Open… To lay beneath a tree and look through the clearings, between the branches, to take in the expanse of pure blue sky. Space for Sabbath rest, a run by the river, cooking the stew…

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Come Out of Hiding

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) The Lie: Here is one of the biggest lies I have ever struggled…

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I am clean, I am made new

In this identity series, I will tell you a story of my own struggle with a particular lie/old identity, and then the Scriptures and prayers I’ve used to re-claim a new identity in Christ. Read the intro here.  I thought I was…. (here are the lies I wrestled with): Unclean, dirty, impure, shameful, destined to…

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Addicted to Busy

Four years ago I walked through the doors of my church for a recovery meeting. I was really there to try to support… help… okay, fix another person that I thought could benefit from the meeting. What I found was how deeply hurting I was, and how I really needed the support and help to…

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The Year of Hope

“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” -Psalm 147:11 The past couple of years I’ve spent the weeks leading into January 1st asking God for a word to guide my next year. A word that I can press into-whether it becomes the umbrella for my goals, the anchor…

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