Finding Hope in the Midst of Trauma and Mourning

in Choose Hope Today, 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.... read more

Not Today Satan

in Choose Hope Today, 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... read more

A Word on Expectations

in Choose Hope Today, 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... read more

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... read more

Ben Gear: Comfortably Dishonest

in Choose Hope Today, 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.... read more

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... read more

Benjamin Gear on Honesty

in Honesty, Living Hope, Stories of Hope

When you work hard to build an image, to maintain a persona, it’s tough to be honest with others or with yourself. My story... read more

Notes of Encouragement: Honesty

in Honesty, Notes of Encouragement

“Every experience that you have and will have upon the Earth encourages the alignment of your personality with your soul. Every circumstance and situation... read more

Begin the Practice of Honesty

in Choose Hope Today, Honesty

There are few values held so dear in our culture as honesty. Honesty is the very rock on which relationships are built and dashed,... read more