I was a weird child. I recall in first grade asking my dad if I could wear my new football suit to school--the one I just received for Christmas--and him, of course, telling me that I could not. But I was a huge football fan and would not be deterred. So I hid the entire … Continue reading Dare to be Weird
I’m a 35-year survivor of chronic pain and all its twisted passions. As anyone who suffers from debilitating pain can tell you, it’s a grueling, infuriating and wearisome road, to be certain. I recall speaking to my Grandma Stroud (RIP) about it when I was about 10 years into my journey of suffering. She had … Continue reading The Dysfunctional Relationship between Chronic Pain and Dark Emotions
As a Christian, I’ve always kind of avoided (and perhaps, to be honest, been a tad insulted by) Bible verses which refer to me and my spiritual family as “sheep.” The modern-day consensus seems to be that sheep are blind, spineless and ignorant, good for nothing but thoughtlessly grazing the hillside unless they're being sheared … Continue reading Jesus Called Us “Sheep” — Is That an Insult or What?
This is a picture of me from the early 80s, along with my mom and my sister. You can't see the pain behind my eyes, can you? Yet it's there, like so many others; bubbling, boiling just below the surface. Why? I don't know, why do people hate themselves so much? There are so many … Continue reading My Mama — The Angel Who Saved My Life
We read the story of David and Goliath, but feel no stress or anxiety because we know how it ends. We know that a very young David killed the giant with five stones and a sling shot, and then presented his enemy's severed head to the armies of Israel. We read about Jonah being swallowed … Continue reading Finding Trust in the Dark Times
I don’t know about you, but there are times when God feels a million miles away from me. My prayers seem to ricochet off the walls, mocking me. Pain throbs unceasingly, depression deepens and emotions turn dark. While I know He’s there, somewhere in the recesses of my brain, a little voice says, “Even if … Continue reading Broken Hearts & Wounded Spirits
We saw the movie "Instant Family" today at the theater. I laughed and cried, the latter of which is extremely rare for me. I won't give any of the plot away, but basically a happily married couple decided to become foster parents to a group of siblings. One was 15 years old, along with her … Continue reading Hand-picked…Chosen…Adopted