Thankful For All the Wrong Things

I birthed my first babe a week ago. My unwashed hair is scraped into a lazy bun, my eyes sunken from lack of sleep. I’ve been wearing the same pajamas for days. Shuffling to and from the bathroom is a major event now, and I’m embarrassed by how difficult those few pathetic steps are. It […]

Money, Gremlins, and the Voices in My Head

Recently I did something I never thought I would do. I walked into the bank and made an appointment to see a financial planner. For some people this is a very routine thing to do, but not for me. Simply put: I do not have a lot of money. I worked in non-profits for most […]

For the Ones in Hiding

I remember how the fear would thicken at night. After “lights out” I would lie still, wondering if tonight was the night I wouldn’t be afraid. Seconds later I would be under my sheets, the heat of my breath warming my face. I longed for cool air on my cheeks. I longed to be free […]

Emmanuel Mysterious

By Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123 We’ve just finished living through the cold season of winter, culminating in the incarnation of spring and with it the reminder that God’s immanent presence renews us and restores us. At least the arbitrary numbered square on the calendar tells me it is supposed to be spring. The outdoor thermometer reads -26Cº on […]

The Hidden Blessing of Feeling Horrible

You would think that when you feel horrified, ashamed, and terrified, you would know you are feeling horrified, ashamed, and terrified. But in my experience, that’s not a given. Take one twilight, about two years ago. Someone that knows my family well invited me to a Facebook group along with some other people I trust. […]