Category Archives: brokenness

Simple Discipleship, [Understanding]

Each of us who are broken believers will take the following steps. This is simple discipleship. These four will be at the root of everything we do. Our mental illness may influence this walk, but it can’t derail the process. … Continue reading

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Broken Heart of Love – A Poem

This poem was written for someone I love who struggles with bipolar disorder. Though I have suffered through depression, anxiety, and panic attacks myself, I can never truly understand her pain. I want to help, but am at a loss … Continue reading

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Pondering Brokenness, [Acceptance]

Many voices tell me that there must be distinct lines between sinners (like, me) and Church people. These borders keep order and provide security to those on the ‘inside’ of our Faith. This seems more from a reaction to control … Continue reading

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Sometimes I Haven’t the Slightest, [Oblivious}

“Ah yes, the Shroud of Turin! We will have to dry clean it before we return it.” Inspector Clouseau, (Upon discovering stolen artifacts) in The Pink Panther 2 ______________________ I honestly think that our bumbling attempts to follow Jesus are entertaining … Continue reading

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Limits of Mental Illness

Mental illness is so limited, It cannot cripple love,  It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode our faith. It will never destroy peace. It cannot. It will never kill friendship,  It cannot suppress memories.  It cannot invade the soul. It … Continue reading

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Hidden Doves [Love]

 “My dove is hiding behind the rocks,      behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely.” Song of Solomon 2:14, NLT Jesus … Continue reading

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Dismayed by My Own Fallenness

“As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—     not even one. 11 No one is truly wise;     no one is seeking God. 12 All have turned away;     all have become useless. No one does good,     not a single one.” Romans 3:10-12 Scripture … Continue reading

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