Identity

Not Defined by Our Broken Parts

Paul calls me on an ugly day, the sky an even, dull gray and leaking onto my window. The connection is patchy and there’s background noise on his end. But even with this, I can hear the anxiety in his…

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The Role of Therapy in the Christian Life

A mutual friend connected me to Laurel Justice, an artist and psychotherapist working in Colorado Springs. Laurel considers it a joy to journey with others to facilitate movement towards freedom and flourishing for each client. She counsels couples and individuals…

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Finding Myself in Finding Neverland

On a cool evening in Los Angeles, I entered the Pantages Theatre to see one of my favorite movies in its musical adaptation: Finding Neverland. The film stars Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and tells the story of how J….

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A Confessional on Body Image

On a beautiful fall day during a vacation to Portland, I was casually scrolling through the notifications on my Instagram feed. Somehow I stumbled upon my follower’s newsfeed for the first time. And the first thing I notice, of course,…

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Hello, It’s Me, Your Body

The blonde woman at the front desk pointed toward the hallway. “It’s the room at the back,” she directed. “You can drop your stuff off in the other side room.”   It was 6:15 in the morning and I had…

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A Reflection on Broken Dreams

As a child, fame and celebrity fascinated me. I bought Tiger Beat and Sweet 16 magazines as early as nine years old. Once I began getting CDs of my favorite artists, I checked to see if they thanked God in…

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Embracing Smallness

Intense love does not measure, it just gives. —Mother Teresa   She swings by in late afternoon and steps right into my chaos. My young kids are at their worst around this time, this witching hour right before dinner when…

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On Being Everywhere I Go

“No matter where you go…there you are,” stated the character Buckaroo Banzai in the 1984 cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. This troubling truism has become a bit of a mantra for me as I…

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The Road Back to You – An Interview on the Enneagram

I’ve been interested in the Enneagram for a few years now, but the process to discerning a number, and learning more about it, once you do, can be daunting. Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile are releasing an Enneagram primer…

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Where is Home?

I wonder if the main character in the 2015 film Brooklyn would introduce herself as Eilis from Brooklyn or Eilis from Ireland?   I watch her story unfold and see my own in the reflection of her eyes. I ask…

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