We litter our own yards with plastic figurines and wrap lights around every object that will serve: trees, light poles, bushes, and buildings. We listen to the same music over and over, year after year, and we sing with gusto about horses, buggies, sleighs, and bells as if these were common to our everyday experiences […]
It’s December! I love this time of year, but I’m also aware that it’s a season of both light and darkness—figuratively and literally. I’ve recorded a short video with some thoughts on what that means for me. Enjoy, and bask in the light!
There was a time when I was nearly powerless against my own emotions. Growing up as a sensitive person in a household made confusing by my mother’s schizophrenia, I learned to mask my feelings well—but that was the only way I knew how to handle them. And when bad things happened, my plans didn’t work […]
If you know anything about me and my most common writing topics, you know my family of origin has seen our share of rough times. Severe mental illness, along with its attendant hardships, is capable of disrupting every aspect of family life, including connections between family members. I’m familiar with those disruptions, and I’m thankful […]
Please enjoy this post from Catherine P. Downing (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about her and her resources for families living with mental illness). Catherine is a writer, an advocate, and a consultant. She’s also mother to a son affected by serious mental illness, and she practices what […]
Last year my family visited the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. It’s a solemn work of art, bringing life and a bit of peace to a place of death and destruction. As my family and I paused there, I found myself grateful that the project’s architects had not covered over the places […]
Recorded in Matthew 5-7 is the most famous of Jesus’ sermons, known as the Sermon on the Mount because, according to Matthew 5:1, it was delivered on a mountainside. I think we should consider giving it a more auspicious title, such as The Bombshell Sermon, The Upside-Down Sermon, or The Sermon That Ruined Religion. After […]
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ And now here we are, standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a well-built city; its seamless walls cannot be breached. All the tribes of Israel—the Lord’s people— make their pilgrimage here. They come to give thanks […]
I’ve got another video post for you this week. Thanks to the reader who contacted me with the question behind this one. And here’s a link to the article I mention in the video: The Problem with Self-Esteem. Enjoy!
Please enjoy this post from my friend Saleama Ruvalcaba (you can learn a little more about her and her book at the end of this post). Saleama is a writer, student, and home educator who loves to share her own story of transformation so others can find the freedom she has found. It was […]
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