Carrying the Burdens of Others

I have been through some dark times in my life; some periods of time when I wanted life to end. I have made huge mistakes that cost me friendships and family relationships. I have beat myself up, put myself down, and thought I was unforgivable and unworthy of love, friends, or that personal relationship with Jesus I heard people talking about. Continue reading “Carrying the Burdens of Others”

Evolving Friendships

I’m at that point in my life where I have been blessed with some pretty incredible people in my life; many of whom I am either no longer in contact with or who I simply don’t see as often as I would like. I don’t know if it is a product of busy lives in a society where social media has become a substitute for personal interaction or if our lives have just gone in different directions. Perhaps it is just me and the older I get the less inclined I feel like going out. So it is that I find myself in between a place of needing my friends and good conversation and wanting to binge-watch some random show. Continue reading “Evolving Friendships”

Walking in Grace

I experienced the blessing of a group of encouraging and prayerful friends the other day. We were telling our “God Stories” and for some reason I was compelled to tell more of my ugly past and the beautifully redeemed story of my life then I usually share. God has a way of doing that. The story was met with love and encouragement to continue to tell others about the many ways in which God has transformed my life. There was no shame or recrimination in the process- just grace and exuberance for how God might use what he has done and how he might use me. I left feeling loved and lighthearted. Continue reading “Walking in Grace”

Pulling Back the Curtain on Generational Racism

We have begun a study on racial reconciliation and repentance. Before you click to close this post, I ask that you stick with me a little longer. You see, I have had to take a closer look at myself and a family legacy of prejudice that I thought had nothing to do with me. I have pulled back the curtain and seen that I do indeed have elements of unintentional and inappropriate thoughts about non-white people because of the era and family in which I was raised. And it saddens me to realize this about myself. Continue reading “Pulling Back the Curtain on Generational Racism”

Forgiveness Withheld

We have all done dumb things that can easily be forgiven and forgotten. There are times though when we do that thing that no matter how sorry we are, the injured party can’t get over. They hold the grudge, they stir up negative reminders, and for whatever reason they can’t get past the injustice to forgive. It is heartbreaking for all parties involved. Continue reading “Forgiveness Withheld”