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Some Thoughts On Prayer

My mother used to tell a joke about two GIs in a foxhole during WW II. As the shelling drew nearer to them, one of them said “Maybe we ought to pray.” The other replied “I don’t know how.” The first says “Oh, it’s easy. I used to live right next door to a Catholic … Continue reading

Rejection, Redefinition and Rediscovery

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, I began to get my faith back. It was an arduous journey on a long, winding road. Here’s the story of that journey. I had been raised in an Evangelical Protestant home. My parents had become involved in the Independent Church of Christ before I was born, in … Continue reading

The Caveat of ‘Being Saved’

“I will pray for Jesus’ intervention in rescuing those poor girls.” That was a response to an article highlighting the prevalence of sex trafficking at major city events like the Superbowl someone posted on Facebook. It’s a sentiment that acknowledges the horror of forced prostitution, which I agree with. It offers hope, which I would … Continue reading

It’s the Most Lonely Time of Year

Some of the first songs I learned by heart were Christmas carols – the religious ones, not the cutesy ones with animal voices the radio overplays. This is because my first “debut” as an actress was as an angel in the town Christmas pageant when I was eight. I grew up loving those songs, envying … Continue reading

On Religion and Reason

Some of the most vexing conversations I’ve ever had have been with Christians who insist on a hyper-literal interpretation of passages from the Bible, without regard to context, without regard to the times and individual perspectives of the authors, without regard to what we know to be true from history and science. Some of the … Continue reading

Beautiful Life with Jesus and Cancer

That’s me. Cancer. I have battled a rare form of cancer for the last 18 years, starting at one of the hardest times in a human life: high school. I am now 33 years old. Cancer has left me with scars, Addison’s Disease, lots of doctor bills, and daily health issues. But I have the most beautiful life, … Continue reading

The Judgiest Mother

I can be a bit…judgy. Not out loud…usually. But I often have mean spirited thoughts. And when I do say judgmental things out loud, my tone is often blunt and harsh. It’s probably the worst thing about me, and it’s something I’ve really been working on this last couple of years. For instance, my inner voice might … Continue reading

Owning the Story I Didn’t Want

It’s three days until my 26th birthday, three weeks until my wedding, and about six weeks until the end of the year. I’m sitting here at my desk sipping coffee and thinking…This isn’t how I expected my life to go. At all. That’s a mixed blessing. I never thought I’d lose my father before he … Continue reading