12 Gifts of Christianity

Cheers to you! 6+ years ago when I moved to Poulsbo, while I was unpacking, I came across the wedding vows my soon to be ex-wife and I had written for each other.  I decided to read them, and I don't know if I've ever been more undone and washed out by grief than in … Continue reading 12 Gifts of Christianity

Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

What do you do with your shame stories?  When my dad was a boy his father, who he had a special connection with, was killed overseas.  My mom was adopted and never met her bio parents.  When I was a boy my parents divorced, and since my dad was in the Army, I was separated … Continue reading Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

5 Ways the Cross Reveals Everything We Need to Know About Life and Death

Hello beautiful beings!  I hope you’re having a fabulous day.  While I was out for a run and listening to a podcast the other day, in a sermon I heard Greg Boyd say: Everything you need to know about life, others, yourself, and God is revealed by Jesus on the cross.  This rang True to … Continue reading 5 Ways the Cross Reveals Everything We Need to Know About Life and Death

20 Truths to Remember to Flourish in Life

I don't know about you, but it's super easy for life's busyness, messages, and stresses to cause me to forget who I am, what life's about, and what's True about others.  So, I figured I'd share 20 quick Truths I frequently remind myself, and others, about to help us center, calm, and celebrate (I'd love … Continue reading 20 Truths to Remember to Flourish in Life

Love Doesn’t Ask You to Change, It Changes You

I wonder if you can relate with this?  When I was younger I was told, and believed, while we’re supposed to spread love and kindness, we’re inherently broken and bad.  Grace meant against “His” better judgment, God turned a blind eye to my faults and reluctantly decided to love me anyway.  We truly become our … Continue reading Love Doesn’t Ask You to Change, It Changes You

The Beloved One (A Poem to You)

The Beloved One sees you fully, loving every bit of your being. The Blissful One adores you always, regarding you with infinite fondness. The Blessed One delights deeply, in YOU, living your daily, "mundane" life. The Beautiful One celebrates you extravagantly, roaring approval because you ARE a champion. The Bountiful One hugs you fiercely, for … Continue reading The Beloved One (A Poem to You)

12 Truths that Transform

How are you doing today?  I hope you are having an amazing day, and regardless of how beautiful and/or brutal it might be for you, I pray you are connected and cared for by a loving community! There’s a common “joke” you may have heard, which goes something like this: A wife asks her longtime … Continue reading 12 Truths that Transform

You are Enough and Can Do Hard Things: How to Defeat the Resistance to Our Resolutions, Dreams, and Growth

Have you ever set a resolution, planned something wonderful, or decided to make a change for the better … only to be quickly doubted by inner/outer critics, have all sorts of distractions arise, be shamed at the first misstep, and/or be questioned for even trying?  I wrote a book and am ready to look for … Continue reading You are Enough and Can Do Hard Things: How to Defeat the Resistance to Our Resolutions, Dreams, and Growth

The Soul Felt Its Worth

Sometime after Thanksgiving I noticed an unsettledness in my spirit, disquiet in my soul, angst in my mind, and ache in my heart. Interestingly, other people have shared they’re feeling similar things.  With winter coming and the season of death approaching, I wonder if we’re experiencing a communal longing.  Could it be that regardless of our … Continue reading The Soul Felt Its Worth

An Exceedingly Helpful Tip for Ending Our Blame and Shame Cycles

As long as a single person is lost, I am lost. To try to save myself by getting free from the mass of the damned (Augustine’s massa damnata), and becoming good by myself, is to be both damned and absurd—as well as antichrist. Christ descended into hell to show that He willed to be lost … Continue reading An Exceedingly Helpful Tip for Ending Our Blame and Shame Cycles