This goodness—the idea that God is incapable of anything that is not inherently good—should be a life vest wrapped around my every word, thought, and deed. Yet, the idea, “this isn’t right” feels like an undercurrent always capable of pulling me into the depths of despair.
Carry My Load (My Contribution to the Faith, Hope & Connection Devotional)
“The poor and homeless are desperate for water, their tongues parched and no water to be found. But I’m there to be found, I’m there for them, and I, God of Israel, will not leave them thirsty.” – Isaiah 41:17 (MSG) Normally, book club was a highlight of my month, well at least a bright […]
Filling My Cup in an Unexpected (Unwanted?) Way
There’s a lot of discussion about “filling our cups” when we feel depleted, within both spiritual and secular literature. A quick Google search led me to these common sentiments: Have you ever felt like you had nothing left to give? At that point, your cup is empty. To fill your cup means to replenish those […]
Stop, Listen, and Learn
It has been hugely humbling and stretching to parent precious Black lives amidst recent BLM events. When we first took classes to become foster parents almost 12 years ago, the trainer asked all participants to consider how our families would respond to us parenting kids that looked different than we did. My initial response was […]
What’s this Season’s Theme Song?
You know those icebreakers people like to do at the start of meetings? They seem even more prevalent now, with virtual meetings. I’ve been asked more than a few times to name my current theme song. Popular responses I’ve heard include R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” and Gloria Gaynor’s […]
The Healing Power of Creativity
If there was ever a time when we needed to be creative, it’s now. The healing power of creativity is well recognized, particularly among mental health professionals. And yet, if there was ever a time for our creativity to be stifled, it’s now. It is well documented that trauma can stifle our creative energies. Thus, […]
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