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Depression: Fighting Dragons

Depression: Fighting Dragons

Being the Hunted What did Jesus call people who were attacked by dragons, regardless of the righteous way they were conducting their lives? Jesus called these people normal. Jesus made a few promises about what would happen to us, regardless of our faith. Here is what Jesus promised those who love Him the most: In

Go Through to Get Out

There is no way out of one’s inner life, so one had better get into it. On the inward and downward spiritual journey, the only way out is through. ~Parker J. Palmer1 Have you ever read the beloved children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt? It’s the simple story of a family who sets

Are you checking in? God didn’t create us to leave us in depression and despair. He doesn’t want us to feel disconnected and alone. He created us for community and wholeness! Out of love and for family. Who do you need to connect with today?

Y’all Should Read the Bible. It’s Good Stuff.

  Let me tell you about one of my life’s little grenades that exploded because I wasn’t checking in with myself. Have you ever had someone do you dirty? (We all nod yes because duh.) But I mean, like, have you ever had someone just wrong you? Betray you? I’m not talking about somebody who

I Checked In With God

Two years after Destiny’s Child ended, getting a starring role in a nationally touring show like The Color Purple felt like I had come full circle. And you know what? The experience was incredible, y’all. And the show was even better. Your girl even earned a nomination for Lead Female Actress at the 2008 Eighteenth

The Jesus I Need

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That given the events of the past year, Advent feels just a tiny bit misplaced? Global pandemic. Economic instability. Racial tension. Unending violence. The call to quiet myself and once more prepare for the coming of Jesus feels like something better suited for a time of greater peace. What

I Wanted to Pray But Had No Idea What to Say

Darkness Closes In Die before you die. There is no chance after. —  C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces Sudden and tragic loss leads to terrible darkness. It is as inescapable as nightmares during a high fever. The darkness comes, no matter how hard we try to hold it off. However threatening, we must

Grief: Heads Up, Hands Off

Grief doesn’t come with a handbook. There are guidelines, of course — clinical scales that help determine phases of denial, anger, acceptance, and a few others. And while a useful tool, serving in some ways as an emotional mile marker, these scales follow anything but a linear order. Grief invokes chaos, shuffling these “steps” and

Why Do Bad Things Happen If God Is Good?

If God is so good and powerful, why do bad things happen? As a person in ministry, I get asked some version of this question frequently. To be honest, I’ve pondered it as well. During this time of widespread crises, which has been characterized by so much loss, grief, and confusion on a global scale,

Real Men Do Get Depressed

While many men who suffer from depression feel that somehow, and in some way, they are weak or deficient, I have found it most encouraging to reflect on great men who have suffered from depression. Many men from Scripture, including kings David and Solomon fell prey to it. While for a period of my childhood

Searching for Springtime

Winter casts a cold shadow. The days are short. The nights are long. The sun seems shy, hidden behind the grayness. Warmth has packed her bags and migrated to the tropics. Beach weather would be nice. But that’s not going to happen. It’s winter. Spring will see blossoms. Summer sways leafy bushes in the wind.

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