The Power of Self-Compassion by Laurie Cameron (A Book Review)

I've been on a self-compassion kick lately. It started a few month ago when I happened to stumble across a workbook at a bookstore. The workbook was called, "The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook" by Kristin Neff, PhD & Christopher Germer, PhD. The workbook introduced me to a whole new way of speaking to myself and understanding … Continue reading The Power of Self-Compassion by Laurie Cameron (A Book Review)

Does God Really Love Me?

I was asked recently how I think God views me. Does he judge me? Does he love me? Does he accept me? And I broke into tears as I took this question in and really tried to examine it. Intellectually, yes. I believe that I am deeply loved by the God of the universe. I … Continue reading Does God Really Love Me?

A Monster Called Trauma

Yesterday I had a session with my therapist. I began to open up about something traumatic I had experienced. It's something that I've never had time or space to talk about or think about. Because part of being a Good Christian Girl™ is to keep quiet and keep the peace. But yesterday, I broke my … Continue reading A Monster Called Trauma

Fierce, Free, And Full of Fire by Jen Hatmaker

Okay, I admit it. I am a bit late with my review. I was overjoyed a couple of months ago when I found out that not only would I be a part of Jen Hatmaker's launch team for her latest book, "Fierce, Free, And Full of Fire", but I was also one of a group … Continue reading Fierce, Free, And Full of Fire by Jen Hatmaker

Mental Health in the midst of Pandemic

How are we all doing today? I'll be honest, I am struggling. I'm lucky. My partner has his job. We have a roof over our heads and food in our fridge. We're young and reasonably healthy. We're able to practice social distancing to protect ourselves and others. I know I am lucky. I know there … Continue reading Mental Health in the midst of Pandemic

November Reads

Okay! Back on time with alllllll of the books that I read in November. As always, if you've read any of these books feel free to leave me a comment and let me know your own thoughts! The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (Finished November 1) I seem to be getting back into classics, … Continue reading November Reads

The Skewed Reality of Family & Faith

“Charles sat quietly while I talked and didn’t say anything for a long time after. Then he said, “Are you angry that your parents didn’t put you in school?” “It was an advantage!” I said, half-shouting. My response was instinctive. It was like hearing a phrase from a catchy song: I couldn’t stop myself from … Continue reading The Skewed Reality of Family & Faith

Reconciliation Is Not Always the Answer

A relationship between two people is meant to be a two-way street. Both people are supposed to be invested in making it work. Both people need to be willing to compromise and work with the other person to maintain a healthy relationship where the needs of both are being met. This is true of all … Continue reading Reconciliation Is Not Always the Answer

The Church and Mental Health: A New Perspective on Anxiety

  Context: I grew up in a Christian home, moving from reformed churches to non-denominational churches in my youth. I chose a charismatic/Spirit-filled church to attend for many years as an adult. During my college years, my theology changed from being unexamined/whatever my church said to a more middle of the road approach on the … Continue reading The Church and Mental Health: A New Perspective on Anxiety