I Paint My Nails Now

I always hid my hands growing up. In my pockets, under my legs, folded together in front of me. Behind closed doors, I'd stare at them, my heart heavy with disappointment. They were small, short, stubby fingers, wide palms, extra cushioning. I never wore jewelry, never put my hands in plain view, and never painted [...]

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Chocolate Chip Cookies and Soul

I love to bake. Most specifically, I love to bake chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies are, hands down, my favorite dessert. I get really excited over a good chocolate chip cookie. I love to turn on some music, tie an apron around myself, and get to work in the kitchen. In these times, I [...]

You’re Worth More Than The Lobster

I don't know about you, but I love stand up comedy. One of my favorite things in the whole entire world is laughing, and laughing really hard so it feels like your side is going to split. Laughing is good for your soul. My sisters and I will turn on a stand up special, sit [...]

Breaking The Silence

Being in ministry, I've heard a lot of testimonies. I've been hearing testimonies since I was small and couldn't even spell testimony. There are testimonies people share that are inspiring, sharing what God did for them and that's neat. Then, I've heard testimonies that grip your heart, that shatter all shame and condemnation and point [...]

Free at Heart

What do you want? The future can be terrifying. What's even more terrifying sometimes is being asked what you want in the future. What do you mean, what do I want?? I can't answer this question. I don't even know what I want for dinner today, let alone what I want in ten years. I have [...]

From Orphan to Family: Anne of Green Gables

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the romance of older times. From the Victorian era to the early 1900s, I was captivated by the simplicity and innocence that they held. Still to this day I adore Jane Austen and any other period piece I can get my hands on. Not too long [...]

Expressions of Heartsong

Tell me somethin' good... It was 2006, and I was 10 years old. My whole childhood, my family would get excited about the latest animated films; partly because of the stories, and partly because my mom loved them and it was quality time spent with her. This particular year, I was especially excited about one [...]

Why I Forgave Men

There is no specific incident that is more painful or important than another that I can recall that would illustrate my distrustful beginnings with men. From the story of my conception, to the story of my childhood, even leading into adulthood, all that makes sense is that the enemy has been out to distort my [...]

To The Man of Honor

To the kind, tenderhearted guy who is gentle with the ladies around him, your strength is needed. To the guy who grabs the heavy thing, takes the gross garbage out of our hands, and makes sure that we get home at night okay, your valiance is appreciated. To the guy who calls out beauty, you [...]