Gentle Reader, please share this with a friend that this could speak to. This is for the brother or sister whose gotten bad news about their career, health, or a family matter. You feel stuck at a dead end, watching dreams crumble in the midst of the daily grind. Maybe pain and fear binds you, keeps you stuck in less than all you could be. Maybe you’ve pushed ahead in your goals as far as physical limits will allow. Maybe it’s not simply the voice of our own emotions screaming “you’ll never win.” Maybe a human authority is telling you that the odds areRead More →

Based on a South Beach Phase 1 Recipe, tastes like a Mexican/Latin dish Makes 4-6 servings in 30-40 minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ large red onion, chopped ½ tsp crushed red pepper ½ tsp chili powder 2 tsp minced garlic 2 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp salt, black pepper 4 cups chicken broth 1-2 boneless, skinless, raw chicken breasts 2-3 zucchini, sliced, halved 1 lb frozen chopped kale 1 cup salsa 1 cup V8 (or use more salsa) 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped ¼ cup lime juice (optional) Directions Prep all fresh vegetables. Defrost the chicken. Slice the raw chicken across the narrowRead More →

Once a little girl lived with a cult that kept her locked inside, chained to her computer all day, hungry and naked. She couldn’t do any serious study. In fact, she couldn’t do anything but play games online. In her favorite game, she got to be a farmer and grow beautiful fruit trees. She figured out how to work the game so at least some trees were in bloom or ready to harvest at all times. Finally, the police came and freed her from the cult’s hands. After many scary, confusing days, one morning, her greatest dream came true. A farmer took her home toRead More →

This question is being asked mostly in related to sexual assault victims coming forward. I won’t get into any of those cases. Politics and current events are not in my realm of expertise and this blog isn’t about current events or politics. However, I do have an interest in abuse culture, otherwise known as the dynamics of a dysfunctional tribe. I would like to answer this question for those who sincerely want to know. And the church is made up of flawed humans, from many backgrounds, so it could help make peace in church disputes to offer up my understanding of how dysfunctional tribes operate.Read More →

The season upon us is a good time to reflect on the journey of this last year. For my husband and I, it’s been one mostly of seeking to adopt our first child. One thing we have learned over this last year is how much the enemy truly hates and despises adoption. The enemy has gone after every vulnerability he can trying to stop us. None have prevailed because God has our back along with praying friends and family, like many of you are. The biggest hindrance has been a failed home inspection that almost cost us our child. I take full responsibility for that.Read More →