Loneliness – Ways to Deal with Loneliness.

Loneliness. We’ve all felt it at one time or another—that suffocating desire to connect, be understood, to belong. Even chatting in a large group can be a lonely place. I’ve felt it. I’ve been feeling it lately. It’s not surprising considering the state of life right now. And yet, what can one do? Here are…

New Year’s Resolutions – Desires, Hopes, and Gratigrieftude

I’ve never really liked the idea of New Year’s resolutions. Setting a goal that I must accomplish or else fills me with horrible anxiety – the pressure! The pressure! And yet, as I’ve lived through many changes and stages in life, I’ve found my desire to learn and grow are constants in life. I’ve found…

Christmas Movies Repeat List

It’s December, and Christmas is approaching. There are many events planned, shopping to do –  stress and loneliness. But while spending time with God in prayer and celebrating advent with others helps, there’s one other thing I find helpful… Christmas movies Yes, they can be corny and forget that Christmas is about Christ’s birth, yet…

Depression Sucks

Depression sucks. It robs you of joy, confidence, and a future. And people seem to think adding to one’s plate will make it go away. Just do this, or that, or this other thing, or all of them. Having lived with depression for years, having had great years and some terrible ones, I’ve come to…

Sins and Fruit: Pairing the Deadly Sins with the Fruit of the Spirit

As I was looking up words on Google this morning – something I frequently do as I write – I came across lists of the Heavenly virtues paired with the seven deadly sins. Chastity with lust, charity with greed; diligence, sloth; humility pride etc. I was intrigued, especially when some list paired the sins differently…

The Best Christmas “Movie”

School is on break, and the Christmas season is in full swing, which means it’s time…for Christmas movies. I have a few holiday favorites – “The Christmas Prince” series, “The 12 Dates of Christmas” – but what I like even more than Christmas movies is TV episodes…one in particular. The Episode is “The Man in…

Advent Practice 2019: We are a Gift

Advent is here. And as Christmas approaches, I find myself thinking about my family, friends, and community. It can be a hard time for many, like myself, who are single, childless, and lack community. It can be even harder for those who’ve lost community, lost loved ones, moved, or left a community because of the…

“Labeled….” A Sermon

Recently I was given the opportunity to preach at a local community. It was an exciting experience because I love diving into God’s Word and exploring different interpretations. Yes, I did say different interpretations because we all come to the text with something- a lens we see things through- perhaps even something to prove or…

Update II on Depression Ass Kicking: My Dutch Test

Depression often feels like a dragon is hunting you. Picture by Stefan Keller. When I left off with Depression kicking my ass, everything was hard, Spider Solitary wasn’t helping, I neglected the gym, and stopped medications (which were just making things worse.) Well…I’m glad that I stopped. It’s the best thing I could have done….