The First Step: an Open Letter to My White Loved Ones

I’m sure you heard about the death of George Floyd. The senseless murder of this man. The one that was documented on video from multiple angles? Yeah, that one. You may have been watching the reaction develop. You may have already drawn some conclusions — both good and bad — about the situation, the reaction, the way forward. I want to share a few things with you, from my heart.

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Prayer: Why is it so Hard?

I am an all or nothing person — I am 100% in or will not do it at all. This is true in pretty much every aspect of life: I’m working out 6 days a week or zero, I keep to my daily to-do list completely or don’t even look at it…you get the idea.  […]

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The ________ of Control

I’m honestly tired of reading articles and reflections about this spread of a deadly virus. I’m even tired of writing them. But here we are, me writing another.  I think I’m tired of it because I’m tired of thinking about it. I’m tired of it taking up space in our hearts, robbing us of time […]

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Little Things

During my first year of community college, I befriended a girl named A. She was one of those people that was always smiling. Always kind. Always positive, respectful, thoughtful, and affirming. We took our first American Sign Language class together and I enjoyed every time that we were paired for practice. I can still remember […]

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How to Love Someone with Anxiety

I am fortunate to be loved by a wide range of personalities, dispositions, and people. Many of which can only relate to feelings of anxiety in the realm of the hypothetical.  I don’t understand ya, but I’m here for you! Because of my own experience with anxiety, I’ve been asked how to minister to someone […]

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Procrastination: Wind & Clouds

This was written before the onset of a pandemic. To be clear, I do not subscribe to the idea that this time at home should be ridiculously productive—we’re a world in grief and struggling for normalcy. That said, I do still hold the following true. Just please don’t overapply where it was not meant to […]

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Even Amidst a Pandemic: Give Them All

Over the last few days, I’ve felt the progression of a low-grade depression. For me, it looks like growing apathy, diminishing motivation and desire to get out of bed, forgetting to do basic self-care things (like showering, brushing my teeth), and just a persistent…sadness. One that doesn’t go away with a good night’s sleep or […]

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The Faith to Walk in a Desert

Nothing can put me in a mental tailspin quite like being unproductive—specifically when I had a planned list of things to do. I’ve gotten better about the self-condemnation part, but it still makes me feel so off, so annoyed, and craving a new day so I can try again. I absolutely love feeling like I accomplished […]

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