Adventures in Recovery ~ Hi Ho Trigger!

 by Calulu I'm not talking about Roy Roger's stuffed horse that rests in the Smithsonian either. I'm talking about those emotional triggers that stun us, slap us upside of the head when we least expect it, pulling us right back into the powerlessness of the moment. Unfortunately for most of us that moment is usually negative, bordering on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For at least four years after I left the toxic environment of my old church it wouldn't take much to trigger me, a snub by a former friend in the dressing room of the local gym or at the grocery store, certain hymns or songs, or places. One minute I'd be pulled together, moving and grooving and the next I'd be shaking, … [Read more...]

NLQ FAQ: Why Do You Call Quiverfull Legalistic?

by Kristen Rosser ~ aka: KR Wordgazer People keep saying Quiverfull is “legalistic.” But it’s not! We don’t live the Quiverfull lifestyle as a way to win God's favor or to earn our salvation. We do it because we love Jesus, and Jesus said that if we love Him we will keep His commandments. So long as your reason for doing what you are doing is not to earn God's love but rather as a grateful response to His love for you ~ then it's not legalism. Aren’t people who call us “legalistic” just being negative? It’s true that legalism is often defined by Christians strictly in terms of whether a person is doing “works” to attain salvation or win God’s favor. As Paul said in … [Read more...]

NLQ Open Thread: Sorry to be so quiet …

Hi, Everyone ~ just wanted to let you all know that I have not been doing so great lately which is why it's been so quiet here and on the forum.I've had an almost-perpetual headache that won't leave me alone. So I'm just trying to keep up with everyday stuff ~ and I really don't have the energy or presence of mind for it. Ugh ~ I really hate when my physical stuff interferes with my ability to think. On Thursday, I had a "minor procedure" ~ to remove a suspicious mole from my breast ~ it wasn't really a big deal ~ except that now I have a lesion which is uncomfortable and itchy and distracting. Last night, we had Heather and her family over for dinner ~ just a few minutes before they … [Read more...]

Adventures in Recovery ~ Surfing

by Calulu One of the great enduring passions of my life has been surfing. I've surfed off and on since I was in my teens. My father taught me and we'd scour the weather reports for tidal surges during hurricane season in south Louisiana, waiting till the waves came. The Gulf of Mexico is like a tepid bath, calm, warm and blue-green most of the time. We chased the storms to ride the waves, cruising over to Pensacola or Destin, Florida to ride the wild surf. I loved surfing. It was by turns like dancing with the ocean and carrying out a battle. I felt powerful, warrior-like when I surfed. There was just nothing else like it. Years later after I married and had children I stopped surfing for … [Read more...]


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