mental health & wellness, ministry, spiritual

How to Tell Sad Stories: With Holiness

How can we tell sad stories? Whether in conversation, in therapy, in writing, or otherwise, this can be a terrifying task. I think the characteristics of Christ described in Hebrews 12 have something to say about this. Here, the apostle Paul advises "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that… Continue reading How to Tell Sad Stories: With Holiness

arts & creativity, spiritual

“God Says Yes To Me”

I've asked therapists, pastors, and friends all kinds of questions over the years. Is it okay for me to be a joyful person and have depression, okay to have both doubt and faith, okay to be an introvert and a leader? I won't get into those answers just yet. Because, what I think my permission-seeking questions… Continue reading “God Says Yes To Me”

arts & creativity, spiritual, theological

The Gospel According to Kelly Clarkson

As of Summer 2012, it seems I love Kelly Clarkson's music. Sure, I enjoyed "Breakaway" back when it was a 2004 hit, but that's because I was 13 years old and it was featured in Princess Diaries 2. Now that "Stronger" and "Dark Side" are all over the airwaves, however, Clarkson is contributing to the soundtrack of my summer. It's been… Continue reading The Gospel According to Kelly Clarkson

arts & creativity, stories

Stop and See the Skyscrapers

*a class assignment to write about something that brings us joyOne clear Sunday afternoon in August 2010, my parents and I went out for lunch at my favorite Colombian café, nestled in uptown Dallas, and then for a drive past the famous city skyline. When the skyscrapers were close enough to be seen well but were far… Continue reading Stop and See the Skyscrapers