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When Will Past Hurt and My Broken Responses To It Stop Stealing My Joy?

Bad crap happens to us. It hurts. We chose to NOT BELIEVE God’s solutions for our hurt.  We did our best, but the outcome was loss – financial, spiritual, relational, emotional. We realized something was wrong, but had no idea how to change or make different choices. Life crashed on. Other people’s lives don’t seem to have the cracks, bumps, and bruises that we do. We find ourselves comparing and feeling like something was stolen […]

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Risk: What Makes It Worth It?

RISK… Why is it so scary to take the risk and be free of what is overwhelming or terrifying to you – being known as who you really are and all that has happened to you? Loss of control.  Even in your scariest moments, you still have the comfort of knowing what a day holds. Risk removes the ability to know the outcome. To be in control is everything. You don’t ever again want to […]

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Good Can Come Out of MY Past?

When you consider your past, do you ever ask yourself, God, and others what good can come from it? I have. I have often wondered, “Lord, what was all THAT about? What good are you going to bring from THAT?” It is a normal question as most of us have pasts that are at the very least messy, if not a complete demolition zone of hurt, anger, pain, bitterness, frustration, abuse, and lies. We look […]

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“What If We Were Real?”

Being authentic is so very hard when your life seems out of control and you have been intimately wounded by other people’s words or actions. Sharing your chaos feels terrifying. You cannot even begin to see past this current chaos to believe that if you share it with a safe OTHER, you will not only heal your heart, but increase your ability to see tomorrow and the future in light of God’s goodness FOR you. […]

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Dear, Younger Me

Have you ever thought what might be different in your past if you could go back and sit down with the younger you? Not in a terrible regretful, self-pity sort of way, but in a “How could it have changed the anger or fear or brokenness you felt?,” kind of restorative, life-giving way. Our past had so many minefields. Some of what others did or said to us. Some of what we did or said […]

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