One Month After the Shooting in Parkland, Can We Implement a Policy on Hope?

in Living Hope

This week marks one month since the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead and many... continue

On National Day of Unplugging, Put the Phone Down and Plug Back Into the Relationships Right in Front of You

in Living Hope

I recently started becoming aware of my attachment to Instagram. It had become my happy place, the antithesis of Facebook ranting and stressful parenting.... continue

Feeling the Squeeze

in Stillness

Not long ago my son was having a day. Behavior, rudeness, zaniness, culminating with him taking a huge mouthful of milk and spewing it... continue

Finding Hope in the Midst of Trauma and Mourning

in Honesty

I’m a trauma therapist. Each day, I work with survivors of sexual trauma at a non-profit agency and also within my private counseling practice.... continue

Not Today Satan

in Honesty

Pictured here are giant black circles under my eyes and heavily dry-shampooed hair in a half-hearted bun. Not pictured are my sore nipples from... continue

Total Eclipse of My Heart

in Forgiveness, Living Hope, Surrender

I forgive my Father for years of emotional and psychological abuse and all the complex insidious ways that abuse splintered my sense of confidence... continue

Suicide: The Uncomfortable, Messy Word We Aren’t Talking About

in Living Hope

When I was asked to write some thoughts on my personal grief journey after losing my brother to mental illness, I was dreading it.... continue

Helping Survivors of Hurricane Harvey

in Living Hope

Living Hope is a community of individuals who are actively and intentionally pursuing Hope in the midst of adversity. Oftentimes, we must pursue Hope... continue

A Word on Expectations

in Honesty

I came across a TODAY Show spot from earlier in the summer about photographers who are “raising the bar” on graduation photos for high... continue

How I’m Choosing Hope in the Midst of Struggle—And How You Can Too

Dear Friend, I see you struggling, as I am, to make sense of the hopeless narrative that continues to proliferate, particularly in light of... continue

Ben Gear: Comfortably Dishonest

in Honesty, Living Hope

Do I want to be comfortable or do I want to be honest? The two aren’t mutually exclusive, just all too commonly incorrectly valued.... continue

My True Story of Step Parenting

in Honesty, Living Hope

I don’t love being a stepmom. I’ll just be honest and call it like it is. Being a stepmom is one of the most... continue