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Anxiety, Fertilizer and the Promised Land

I don’t know what anxiety feels like for anyone else, but for me it feels like a fist reaching in to grab and twist my stomach. It is pain and fear and worry and regret. It is a loud voice of accusation that sends me scurrying for cover, and running back over the past few days trying to figure out what I’ve done wrong, which sin I have committed. It is utterly without logic and … [Read More]

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FUNDRAISER: Standing with Skyesong in the Pursuit of her Dream

By Diane Down When I saw the story of Skyesong Alexis and her golfing dreams, something nudged me. I’m not a golfer, but I have dreams and sometimes I feel stuck … [Read More]

Fighting Fire With Love

Each week during the winter months of the year just past, our Confirmation students would arrive, shivering in the central California coolness, for our very … [Read More]

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SheLeads: Under Fire

Just like fire, burning out the way. If I can light the world up for just one day, Watch this madness, colorful charade, No one can be just like me any … [Read More]

Choosing to Be Present in the Fire of Lyme Disease

Trigger Warning: Mention of unhealthy coping mechanisms related to food.  By Brianna Deutsch I used to love going on walks. They grounded me and helped me … [Read More]

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All The Colors We Will See: An Interview with Patrice Gopo

Even though I didn't attend the Festival of Faith and Writing last April, the book I kept hearing about from friends who had gone was Patrice Gopo's debut collection of essays, All the Colors We Will See. Within the week, I emailed her for a copy and found … [Read More]

Remembering I Can Overcome

In the middle of that moment with the cold seeping into joint and marrow, in what felt like an endless night, we couldn’t imagine being warm ever again. We had been hiking down the mountainside all day. The expansive view of the Ozarks still fresh in our … [Read More]

What an Australian Bushfire Taught Me About Faith

By Madeline Twooney When l was six years old, l experienced my first bushfire. I grew up in Victoria, Australia, in a set of low rural mountain ranges called the Dandenongs about 35km east of Melbourne. That summer had been a real scorcher, with little … [Read More]

Casserole Not Required

He showed up mere hours after finding out what happened. It was Easter Sunday. The sun had already set, sealing what had officially been the worst 24 hours of our lives. I saw his familiar truck pull into the drive, crackling slowly over the gravel. The … [Read More]

The Privilege and Pain of This White Female Body

By Shelbi Gesch As a girl who grew up evangelical, I learned to function in the world in my white, female body. I was taught that the soul was eternal and the body was just temporary, like a candy bar wrapper, something to be eventually discarded. It was … [Read More]

Fire in Her Belly

I grew up in the church. The story of Esther was one I've heard many times. It's one of those Bible stories that always compelled me to perk up my ears and pay attention because, coupled with Mary and Martha serving Jesus, it was one of the few stories told … [Read More]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Opening Up About Eating Disorders

Sisters in Mental Illness is a new vlog series where Shaley has real conversations with brave SheLovelys who are willing to share their experience living with a mental illness. We live in a time where one in four people struggle with a mental health disorder, … [Read More]

My Mom’s Love Letter: Ojinguh over Fire

When I was a teenager living in the Midwest, I ate dried squid in the winter.  My mom would roast the ojinguh in our fireplace while cups of Swiss Miss hot cocoa grew cold waiting on a coffee table close by. Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus sat on our mantel above … [Read More]

We Don’t Need Fires Lit Beneath Us

The sirens sounded behind me as I rounded the corner in my beat-up Camry. It was late 1999; I was 21. It never feels good to get pulled over by the police, but when the cop told me I had an expired registration, I wanted to sink into the floor. The notice … [Read More]

What is the State of Your Soul?

So much has burned down in our world, hasn't it? The landscape has changed. Friendships have changed. Trust has been eroded.  I no longer stand where I stood even two years ago. Some days I shake my head, many days I get angry and other days, I just want to … [Read More]