Suffering Well By: Neena Gaynor

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.” 1 Peter 2:21 I’m not sure in what church I heard it, but the words of a kind and thoughtful pastor still remain with me. “Friends,” he said with his hand…

Depression Does Not Have Me Anymore! By: Jorden Dixon

“My story”… two tiny words, one overwhelmingly daunting task. Sharing my story isn’t something that I thought I would ever be able to do. As I sit here while my 3 year old daughter plays in the bathtub, it’s not lost on me that my life could’ve been drastically different, I could have given up…

The Undeniable Need to Create Space for Ourselves Liz Faught

When did our need for space become an issue of selfishness? Is this my own doing or impart due to society’s expectations?  We are driven and defined by our successes not by the peace we exude, but what we have accomplished.  I have for many years lived by check lists and associated my success and/or…

Palm Sunday ~ Never Alone Ashlee Nocita

Have you ever gone through the deep waters of pain, hurt, or betrayal alone as a result of an unforeseen offense caused by a loved one or presumed ally?  The direct offense, ushers in waves of feelings and emotional pain that can be unbearable and incapacitating. You wonder “will I ever be myself again and…

Is Loss a Four-Letter Word? Becky Barnhart

Everyone deals with and experiences loss. No one escapes its hurts, because loss doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, gender, culture, religion, or anything else. It doesn’t care how much money we have or don’t have, what our marital status is or isn’t, or whether we’re a size 2 or 22. It’s real and it…

Stretch

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” —Isaiah 54:2 As a child, sitting in the willow tree in my backyard gave me a new perspective of the world. If I followed the reach of its branches out far enough, I could…