November 8, 2018

***This is an edited version of a blog I first shared here on Patheos in November 2017.*** November is here, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I’m left thinking about how blessed I am…and how little gratitude I show. As we approach this Thanksgiving, I am thinking about how I can decrease my desire for what I don’t have and generate more gratitude for what I do  have. And while your desires may be different than mine, perhaps you can… Read more

October 24, 2018

One Halloween night many years ago, instead of staying at home waiting for cute children in costumes to ring my doorbell, I attended a meeting with several other Christian women. In an effort to liven things up, I picked up some small festive bags and tucked a few pieces of candy in each one. I carried them along to the meeting, thinking the all female group would appreciate some chocolate that they didn’t have to sneak from their kids’ trick… Read more

October 17, 2018

There was great debate over how to approach Gender Identity Disorder when the latest edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual was being developed. The DSM-5 task force settled on Gender Dysphoria. Some people believe that it is harmful to diagnose a transgendered individual. If that is the case, then it is harmful to identify anything as mental illness. It is difficult and painful to be diagnosed with a mental illness. No one wants to be diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, or any… Read more

October 14, 2018

I love America. I mean, I really love America. In 2004, while my husband was deployed with the NAVY, I competed in a pageant (another post for another day) where the ladies wore wearing red, white, and blue for the opening number. We paraded on stage and sang patriotic songs. One of the husbands of a fellow contestant that I had befriended commented to me that no one sang their heart out as much as I did. Oh, I sang…. Read more

October 9, 2018

It seems that every day, there is more and more talk of “social justice.” All of a sudden, everyone wants to become a warrior. Joining this movement seems to be the trendy thing to do – like drinking pumpkin spice lattes or fighting with strangers on social media. The term itself was first used around 1840 by Catholics, so the expression isn’t as fresh as some people think. But, in many ways, it has been repurposed. For some, social justice is connected… Read more

October 6, 2018

After a very heated period of time…it is done. Associate Justice Kavanaugh it is. This was a tough one for many people. Personally, I found Dr. Ford to be credible and compelling. I also found Judge Kavanaugh to be. He has previously gone through 6 FBI investigations (and they don’t just talk to people who like you) and answered hundreds of questions. During all of that time, there were no concerns whatsoever related to the accusations raised by Ford and… Read more

September 23, 2018

All this focus on the season change from summer to fall has got my thinking about another kind of changing seasons. These changes don’t trigger coughing and congestion, but they can pose other problems: questioning, discontentment, stress, even anxiety. You see – the seasons of our lives change (sometimes frequently), and if we’re not prepared, these changes can bring about upsetting or conflicting thoughts and feelings. We’ve all heard the expression “this is just for a season.” Whether it’s related… Read more

September 9, 2018

As babies become toddlers and toddlers become children, the males among them start to receive the message that they need to stop crying. This is all a part of the process of growing up and, in fact, “manning up.” At least, that’s what they’re told. The reality is, the bullies who call the boys “crybabies” are wrong. It is not babyish to cry. At least, not all of the time. Sure, we need to help children learn to manage or… Read more

August 30, 2018

Church, it’s past time we started recognizing mental illness as illness. Just like any other illness. Honestly, it gets weary speaking with Christian leaders who question whether or not seeking mental health treatment is appropriate for Christ followers. Yet, I will continue to do so because it is critically important. And my response is quite simple: Do you tell those with diabetes to stop taking insulin? Do you tell cancer patients not to pursue surgery? Do you tell someone with… Read more

August 27, 2018

Another mass shooting took place over the weekend. This time, at a place I visited many times while living in Jacksonville, FL as a newlywed 15 years ago. The Jacksonville Landing is a beautiful river front hub for shopping and dining. This particular shooting gets right  at the heart of the problem we are facing. No, it’s not really about gun violence and gun control. It’s about the devaluing of life. ********************************************************************************* I walked into my office this morning ready… Read more

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