The Patterns of Spiritual Abuse

I recently watched the newly released documentary on Discovery+, “Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed,” and also binge listened to several hours of “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” podcast. Both of these hit soooo close to home. It was as if they read my journals about the things I experienced for 8 years, and there... Continue Reading →

“Friends” & “Followers”: Balance in the Exposure 

Were we humans created to be exposed to so much? For centuries, we could only really stay in constant communication with approximately 50-150 people, depending on our roles in society. We had our household members, classmates, coworkers, the people in our places of worship, extended family members, and neighbors. If someone moved away, we bid... Continue Reading →

You Can’t Unknow What You Know

Christian Abolitionist William Wilberforce said “you may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” There’s a revival happening in our (United States) culture today that’s centered on justice and making wrongs right. Many people are no longer willing to sit silently in the midst of wrong doing.... Continue Reading →

Spirit of Power

A few weeks ago, I was thinking about the personality God gave me, and I remembered 6th grade. I’ve always been a quiet person, so people TRIED to bully me in junior high. 3 girls were picking on me in 6th grade and said they would jump me after school. Instead of avoiding them and... Continue Reading →

Generalizations

Many of us grew up hearing “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Experience has taught us how false that statement is. Yes, sticks and stones can break bones, but words? Words can crush a person’s spirit. I know I’ve been guilty in the past of (intentionally) causing some... Continue Reading →

A New Normal

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! I'm no longer CHASE-ing the facade by swiping my VISA every chance I get. DISCOVER-ing the One who provides the real FREEDOM has allowed the CARD to no longer MASTER me. I never knew that was possible as an AMERICAN, where you're told to EXPRESS everything rather than wait. The morning of December... Continue Reading →

Unexpected Packaging

This past week, the thought “I didn’t expect that” came up a few times for me. On 2 completely different occasions, I was hit with the realization that just because something doesn’t look like or arrive the way I expected, it doesn’t mean my prayer isn’t being answered. I’ll give you a very practical way... Continue Reading →

The Sun Still Shines

This morning I walked into my living room & was surprised by how dark it was. Usually by this time, the sun is shining through the windows. I looked outside at the rain and clouds (which are beautiful), and was instantly reminded that the sun is still shining. Just because I couldn’t see it or... Continue Reading →

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