Dear Darker Me — A Letter Poem

I attended a conference once called Shattering Stigma: Mental Illness and the Church. In a session about anxiety, the presenter said one phrase that has stuck with me: “Don’t believe everything you think.” Just because a thought enters your mind doesn’t mean it is true. For me, that is especially the case when Darker MeContinue reading “Dear Darker Me — A Letter Poem”

The Mangled Earrings of Joni Eareckson Tada

A great lesson from Joni Eareckson Tada, I once admired the earrings my friend, Ann, was wearing – they were square, smooth, flat, and made of gold. When I remarked how beautiful they were, she replied, “They’re yours!” Ann then proceeded to take them off and put them on my ears! Humbled by her gift,Continue reading “The Mangled Earrings of Joni Eareckson Tada”

Rethinking Ordinary

  Monotony has become a fixture around here. I had been told to be on alert for it, but it seems like I’ve got to learn for myself. With any chronic illness there can be something tedious and routine about life. To have a physical or mental illness can be acutely painful. But interspersed betweenContinue reading “Rethinking Ordinary”

Frederick, [Handling Giftedness]

I have always loved to read. I was given books by my mother, and these books were like gold. I had been a avid patron of the library, but terrible at returning books. I had pretty much been branded as “persona non grata” by the librarians of my hometown library at the ripe old age of 12. IContinue reading “Frederick, [Handling Giftedness]”