December 7, 2016

We can’t stop storms. We can’t capture the wind or refuse lightning. Claps of thunder still startle our unsuspecting bodies in the middle of the night. But we continue to trust in a bat-shit crazy God who has continued to show up for us, time and time again. Read more

December 5, 2016

Joseph and his very pregnant wife took a long road trip to pay the IRS. Stargazing hippies were following something like a UFO, hoping for incredible news. When Mary and Joseph finally arrived, there was no food in the deep freeze, and the hotel was at capacity. Jesus wasn’t born in a cheap motel, or a stranger’s bedroom. The Savior was born to an unwed, pregnant teenage girl in a stable, echoing with the sounds of farm animals. It must have smelled terrible. This was not the triumphant arrival the Jews hoped for. Only three people even noticed the birth of Christ. They showed up later with gold, frankincense and myrhh. I bet Mary and Joseph were hoping for moose and halibut too, but you take what you can get when your baby was just born in a barn. Sounds pretty chaotic, right? Christmas is nearly here and if you take a look around your own stable, you may find some chaos, maybe a few asses, too. Read more

November 29, 2016

In the early days of recovery, it feels like you have such little control over anything. But self-care makes recovery possible. Read more

November 28, 2016

Peace is an assurance that in the midst of hell breaking loose: shootings, wars, riots, and acts of terrorism each time we turn on the television, God remains. God is not being terrorized. Heartbroken? I think so. But not uncertain or afraid. I think Heaven weeps, but God knows the beginning from the end. Peace says that things will get better one day. Our waiting will be worth it. Read more

November 23, 2016

Thankfulness changes our perspective. These are the things I’m most thankful for this year. What made your list? Read more

November 21, 2016

The holiday season is upon us. I can hardly stand the excitement of family get-togethers and out-of-town guests. No, really. I can hardly stand it. If you dread the holidays as much as my friends and me, here’s 12 ways to guard yourself from holiday craziness. Read more

November 21, 2016

I’m putting down my poster boards and picking up a glass of cold water to take my neighbor, across the picket lines. Now, more than ever, our country needs messy grace. It is time to move forward, friends. And for me, moving forward means getting back to the purpose of Grace is Messy. Read more

November 18, 2016

Since my suicide attempt, I’ve worked hard to focus on my recovery and have learned invaluable self-care tips and tricks. As a pastor, I’ve also noticed several places in the Bible where self-care is promoted. Read more

November 17, 2016

Mental Health on The Mighty asked to turn my self-care manifesto into a video! Check it out! Read more

November 16, 2016

Your past is not a problem, merely a perspective. Read more

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