I’ve been studying spiritual depression lately, seeking to understand it better for mine and Chad’s individual struggles with discouragement and for many of my friends who battle this unwelcome companion. In his insightful book, Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness, psychologist and biblical counselor Ed Welch describes one manifestation of depression: “Everything turns inward … Continue reading The Boomerang Burden
Today was a slow, rainy day in Akron, providing the perfect opportunity to finish my current read: Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L’Engle. I honestly shed a tear while doing so. I feel like I just lived a lifetime alongside Ms. L’Engle. While primarily focusing on her 40-yr marriage to her husband, Hugh, the book is an honest, humorous, and … Continue reading Two-Part Invention
I’m a young twenty-something. I should be changing the world, right? I should be traveling abroad, climbing the career ladder (preferably at a revolutionary non-profit organization, am I right?), going into the mission field, protesting behind my choice causes. There was a time about two years ago where I was sure I was going to … Continue reading What the Heck Am I Doing?
When I was young, my dad would create “proton energy balls” by scooping out bites of apple with a melon baller. This snack fueled me with “remarkable energy,” or so I thought. The placebo-effect at its finest. Well, here is my grown up version of proton energy balls: Protein Energy Balls. These make great on-the-go snacks … Continue reading No-Bake Banana Oatmeal Protein Balls
I am by no means a chef. More often than not, I follow recipes to a “T,” rarely daring to approach the edge of improvising. Nevertheless, I find a certain joy getting in the kitchen and rustling something up. It’s especially nice on a day when not much goes as planned – I can go in the … Continue reading Sweet Sausage Apples
We have good days, and we have good fighting days. Last Monday was a good fighting day for me. Nothing in particular was wrong, just one of those days where you want to cry over anything and grumble about everything. I got home from work and dove into making dinner, slamming pots and pans, stifling … Continue reading God of the Worthless
This post is a little terrifying for me to write. I’ve redrafted it again and again. Supposedly though, I am a “writer.” I recently graduated with a degree in English; a degree that includes over 90 papers and one labor-of-love yearlong thesis project. By definition, this makes me a “writer.” But I don’t meet the … Continue reading The Write Season