Believing in Love

Believing in Love

BELIEVING IN LOVE Growing up in a home fraught with physical, emotional and sexual abuse, I did not trust or love people easily. The human relationships God had designed to protect and nurture me failed many times to show me healthy, unconditional love. In my mind...
Forgiveness Means Freedom

Forgiveness Means Freedom

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does change the future. Any abuse is ugly, but sexual abuse has a particularly deep effect on self-worth. It is full of shame and despair. Whether the abuse is from incest, rape, trafficking, or prostitution, after the...
LIGHT YOUR DARKNESS

LIGHT YOUR DARKNESS

I know about darkness. I experienced it as a child in a cold cellar hiding in my emotional turmoil. My mind was hidden in a dark closet while my body experienced abuse in my bed. I felt the darkness in my soul over guilt and grief of a baby I chose to lose rather than...
Gratitude With a Grudge?

Gratitude With a Grudge?

GRATITUDE WITH A GRUDGE? The historical origins of America’s Thanksgiving holiday stem from a shared meal between our first Pilgrim settlers and their Native American neighbors. The death toll was high that first winter. The surviving Pilgrims had much to hold a...
Fall for a New Life

Fall for a New Life

The changing seasons are a pleasant feature of Midwest living. Leaving the heat and humidity of our Nebraska summers behind for the chill of fall is one of my favorite changes. I have enjoyed the vibrant colors of my summer flowers. But, I also love to watch the...