Broken chairs, broken toys, a cracked windshield, holes in the wall, damaged ceilings, a broken window, broken tile, a broken handle on the fridge, broken eyeglasses, and the list goes on. Honestly, these are easier for me to deal with than the brokenness that is inside each one of us because of what has brought … Continue reading Foster Care Reflections: Finding Grace in the Broken Things
A giant 'Hello' to our new friends in Brazil, Ukraine, and France! I'm so, so glad you could all join us!! Isn't it amazing how a few weeks ago we were struggling alone with opening these tangled emotional messes and here we are today, endeavoring to run this race without all the baggage and we … Continue reading Emotional Junk Drawer: The After Monday
When we talk about subjects that involve trauma, anxiety, depression, etc. I always feel it is important to address the topic of shame. Women especially feel a certain sense of shame over these issues. This prevents us from openly discussing and sharing our burdens with each other and, at times, becomes dangerous because it prevents … Continue reading Emotional Shame: Myth vs. Fact
First, I would like to take a moment to apologize for the long absence. I care for children who already have really big emotional junk drawers and that means that life rarely goes as planned. My first priority and my mission on this earth will always be to the children first. So when I stop … Continue reading Emotional Junk Drawer: Let us RUN!
As I began looking into how we were going to clean out our emotional junk drawers, I was both cautious and prayerful. I am finishing up my psychology degree focusing on trauma, but I am a Christ-follower also. That means that everything I do meshes what I know about the brain, the personality, and the … Continue reading Emotional Junk Drawer: Psalm 119