Redefining Terms

When I was a little girl, faithfully attending Sunday school each week, we had a little saying that went like this: “Jesus, Others and You—that’s how you spell JOY.” I inhaled that sentiment like it was the sweetest of perfumes. YES! We should always be last on the list, giving ourselves away to Jesus and to other people. That’s […]

When the Healing Comes Slow

Fourteen days ago I went into the hospital. If you follow me on social media, you know that in January I was diagnosed with achalasia. Basically my esophagus stopped swallowing. It’s as uncomfortable as it sounds. After three months of a totally liquid diet, I was more than happy to go under the knife in […]

When God Held Space

By Sheli Massie | Twitter [Trigger Warning: Description of Suicide Attempt and Eating Disorder] In therapy “holding space” is described as walking alongside someone without judging or trying to fix anything, just hearing and being fully present in the moment. It means to offer unconditional support and letting go of our judgment and control no […]

When Persistence Doesn’t Pay

By Tiffany Baker | Twitter: @revtiffanybaker I learned persistence from my mother. Like some children learn to fold a fitted sheet or bake a perfectly flaky pie crust, I learned how to put my head down and persist. My third-grade vernacular included the words “effective effort” and, before every spelling test or group presentation, my mother would […]

The Blessing of the In-Between Space

There’s a tree outside my parents’ house I affectionately named Delilah when I was younger. She’s a grand, magnificent beauty that flowers at the early signs of springs and dies as the autumn sun sets. Growing up, I watched the tree intently throughout the year and remembered the Aslan covenant—Winter will end. This too shall […]