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Confessing loneliness—a prelude to eventual redemption

November 7, 2018

Imagine you have been stuck in a densely packed forest and you finally found your way to a clearing. Imagine being rescued from that clearing only to be told by…

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Loving a controversial holiday because of the people

October 31, 2018

The date was October 7, 2009. I was part of a friend group—a rather large one—from church. My sister, her boyfriend (now husband) and friends we had all known for…

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The greatest compliment—SPECIAL EDITION

October 24, 2018

“You’re a territorial mother bear. Just like me.” This is the greatest compliment anyone has given me, not because of the words, but because of who spoke them. My mom…

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When restlessness catches you off guard

October 17, 2018

Dreams. I have many. They possess me. I am a dreamer, a visionary. At no other time do these dreams kick and claw to get out than when I am…

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I almost left—heavenly purpose for negative emotions

October 10, 2018

Revelations seem to happen when we need them most, but at a time when we’ve stopped counting on them. I walked into the room where the young adult café meets…

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Why it is OK to have negative emotions—the reason I wrote this series

October 3, 2018

There is always a moment. Time stops. Something clicks. God reaches in. It all makes sense. I had this moment earlier this year. There is always a moment. I remember…

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Hopelessness—approaching the downed bridge

September 26, 2018

I do not remember the first time I felt it. I am not convinced it feels the same way every time. Hopelessness feels like being at the end of the…

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The physicality of sorrow—it’s healthy to feel it

September 19, 2018

A bomb. An anvil. A wounded gazelle. A straw and the camel’s back. This is what sorrow felt like. It resembled heaviness. In one instant, everything I feared came true.…

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Embracing discouragement—Finding strength to overcome

September 12, 2018

Discouragement feels like Murphy’s law. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” This day was one of those days. It passed while I sat at my desk staring at…

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Embracing discouragement—Finding strength to overcome

Discouragement feels like Murphy’s law. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” This day was one of those days. It passed while I sat at my desk staring at…

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