I am not the one to ask about healthy family dynamics or what a family unity should look like. None of my family experiences have been anything other than dysfunctional at best. So last week when my pastor discussed how as Christians we are all siblings in Christ, I internally winced. My initial thought was… Continue reading Family of God…
As someone who confronts mental health challenges everyday, this is a topic near and dear to my heart. And now it's May, so we all get the opportunity to learn and grow our understanding of how important mental health awareness truly is. If you've been reading or following us for any length of time, you… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month: How YOU Can Help
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com In therapy we are working through current thought processes and where they came from. What we are finding is that a lot of our current thought processes were once very necessary and important for survival. Not necessarily physical survival, but emotional survival. They kept us on our toes and… Continue reading When Old Patterns of Behavior No Longer Serve You
This morning as I was reading my daily Bible devotions on YouVersion I came across a thought. Maybe even a cluster of thoughts. In one of the devotionals they cited Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." For as long as I can remember I always thought that… Continue reading Be Still
***This post was originally posted on our first blog, and then 7 months ago transferred over here. It's raw, intense, and mentions some sexual abuse. I no longer feel the relationship with these words that I felt when I first wrote them. I know now that I don't ever have to do anything sexual that… Continue reading Made to be Used
A better question might be, does it help at all? Honestly, probably not, and yet we do it anyways. Feeling sad? Shut down. Feeling hurt? Keep quiet. Feeling overwhelmed by chaotic happenings inside? Don't share THAT. Anything but that. It used to be that many of us considered it a sign of strength if we… Continue reading How Does Isolation Help?
Today is the anniversary of us joining our adoptive family. We packed up the body's children, our dog, and we went into hiding from the abusive husband. Well, semi-hiding. That's a long story but it's the 3 year anniversary. The kids call it our Extraction Day (Naked and Afraid reference). It certainly felt like an… Continue reading Counting Every Blessing
I long for the day that mental health and people who are less than perfect, people who struggle, people who are less than politically correct or don't exactly fit into polite society will finally be welcome in the church with kindness and understanding. Jesus never intended for churches to be just the polite society people. I know, we've been reading the bible. Jesus loved and reached out to those of us who will never be polite society material.
There's always so much to write about. Some of it we are nervous about sharing, but sharing happens so healing can happen. This post may cause some issues for some people so please keep that in mind when reading. We changed our minds. We decided to change how we view our past. Our life. The… Continue reading We Changed Our Minds…
The sermon at church last night came with several application questions. Personally, I like those because they give me something to really think on, and where we have such memory issues, I can use those to grip onto the important parts of the message... or at least what I take from it. We all… Continue reading Where is Fear Taking Us?