Rebirth in the Psych Ward


Not many places on earth lend themselves to the acute aspiration and suffocating defeat of a psych ward. Especially when you’re an adolescent. My husband works in such a place. His name is Jason. He stands at a modest 5’9”, average build, but with eyes that could call the confession or compassion out of a […]

How A Single Question Turned My Faith Around


By Michelle DeRusha | Twitter: @MichelleDeRusha The necklace—a choker with a velvet strap and a single brilliant faux sapphire—sat within reach, right at the edge of the open desk. I wanted that necklace; I had to have it, the desire for it so strong, it made my stomach clench. So while my third grade teacher bent […]

When God Asks You to Take Out the Trash


I hate taking out the garbage. It is by far the worst of all household tasks. It might be my superhuman olfactory senses. Or because the colossal effort it requires to take out the trash remains unappreciated to the naked eye, tucked under the sink. It may have a smidge to do with the fact […]

Waiting To Be Noticed


I leaned against the metal railing that circled the dance floor. The beat of the music vibrated through every bone in my body. My eyes were on my slim twenty-something friends as they gyrated to the beat of Duran Duran with some boys we had just met. I hated Duran Duran. At home I secretly […]

A New Anointing for a New Year


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me and He has anointed me. The Spirit of the Lord is upon you and He has anointed you. The Spirit of the Lord is upon us and He has anointed us. Yes, Lovelys, my one word for 2014 is … anointing. It’s not a word I sought […]