Domestic Violence Awareness Month: The Impact of Emotional Abuse

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.” Maya AngelouOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I’ve wanted to address the subject of emotional abuse for some time on my blog. I recently made a couple of new friends and heard their stories, and it’s prompted me to share some difficult things with you....more
Men can also be in abusive relationships.more

For Christian Women Who Have Never Been Divorced

Let me start by saying that until 2009, I was one of you....more
So true, and unfortunate that you were treated that way.  I pray that you will be able to ...more

The Truth About Motherhood Is That No One Prepared Me For This

The truth about motherhood is that no one prepared me for this. No, really. Have you ever actually admitted that, out loud? That you feel lost, unprepared, five years behind where you “should” be in raising your children? I just did. I wonder on a daily basis why God/The Universe thought I could handle four kids in seven years, and be able to meet their needs and teach them what they need to know. I am learning as I go, and hoping I get a few things right. ...more
It's hard and it's relentless. Sometimes it's a real drag. Just last week, I was ready to run ...more

No, I'm Not "Okay". I'm Going Through A Divorce!

I walked into Starbucks this morning to grab breakfast before heading to a therapy appointment and ran into a friend of mine from the homeschool co-op I used to belong to. I was happy to see her, and she offered a hug, which I gladly accepted.She then looked meaningfully at me and said, “So how are you? Are you and ex still separated?”...more
FaridaDawkins Thank you for that, and for reading and replying!more

On Needing A Friend

Dear Friend,Where are you?...more

Getting Out Of My Own Way

Letting someone love you can be really wonderful. But I’m finding that sometimes letting someone really love you can be really scary.Let me explain.I’ve locked myself up for so long because of fear. Keeping myself withdrawn, because it’s safer that way....more

Dear Christian Women Who Have Never Been Divorced

Let me start by saying that until 2009, I was one of you....more

Don't Believe Everything You Think

I’ve been thinking a lot in the last few weeks about how I’ve been allowing other people to define what I think of myself. It’s such a struggle for me to feel like I’m good enough. If I feel judgment or rejection from someone important to me, I take it very personally and react very strongly.  When the realization hits me that they feel differently about me than they did before, it feels like a punch to the stomach. Along with that comes physical pain in my heart as my chest tightens, and that too familiar wave of shame washes over me....more

Specter

Today is one of those days where I feel alone in a crowd.I feel lonely, misunderstood, invisible, ugly, sad, and emotionally exhausted.And for no good reason....more

Treasuring The Handwritten Card

BlogHer 11 was my very first BlogHer conference. I loved so many aspects of attending, but one stands out in my mind, 6 months later, as having made a lasting impact....more