mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Finding Freedom From Shame

This was originally posted on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. A therapist once pointedly suggested that I was experiencing shame. I promptly suggested she was wrong. Shame is for people who’ve done egregiously terrible things, I thought (which is kind of all of us, I now realize, “for all have sinned and fall short… Continue reading Finding Freedom From Shame

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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, mental health & wellness

Therapeutic Writing

As I said in "Back in the Blogosphere," I need to write. The process and result of writing are helpful -- therapeutic even.I've experienced this phenomenon throughout life while studying creative and expository writing, as well helping teach it to adolescents for a couple summers. I've experienced it recently while blogging. And, recently I got… Continue reading Therapeutic Writing