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PODCAST: My Church Isn’t Safe. What Can I Do?

In episode 41 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, Steve Austin walks through the Bible with a look at church safety, plus a discussion on the characteristics of a safe church leader. This episode also includes stories and advice from real-life people who have been wounded by the church.Support the show via Patreon.Is your church […]

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3 Meaningful Things to Give Up for Lent

​For the Lenten season, I’ve invited some of my friends to join me in sharing one thing we could give up each day, in order to live a better life. Here are 3 meaningful things to give up for lent:YesterdayGiving up anything can be painful. You may need to let go of a person or […]

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Why We Look for the Resurrection of the Dead

​I am the about least likely person to be hosting ​a 40-day online program for Lent. My family is ​brand-spankin-new to the Episcopal Church. I was raised Baptist, and then spent years in the Assemblies of God denomination. The only lint we talked about was in your dryer or belly button. But I digress. According to EpiscopalChurch.org, […]

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How Devastating Loss Led to Ultimate Freedom

It was Thanksgiving morning, and I was standing in the shower, escaping for a moment into a world of hot water and steam. My morning shower had become my last refuge.Image by Olya Adamovich from Pixabay​Devastating Loss. Ultimate Freedom.I was no stranger to loss. In fact, loss seemed to be a fairly constant companion in […]

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Why Psychological Safety is at the Core of Love

“…as counselors and neuroscientists continue to confirm, the ability to shape a narrative from your experiences, and to connect your story to a greater one, is essential for developing empathy, a sense of purpose, and well-being.”—Rachel Held Evans, InspiredImage by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayHide and SeekGrowing up in a small town in rural Alabama, my first […]

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Video: Playing Sardines with God

Is your church a safe space for people who are hurting? On Sunday, January 26th, I had the honor of sharing my story of surviving childhood sexual abuse and a suicide attempt. In addition to sharing my story, I challenged the church to become a safe place for people who are hurting – imploring us […]

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Technology and The Worst Day of My Life

​I remember the day like it was yesterday, the excitement and anxiety. I was plagued with anticipation, my hands were sweaty, and my heart was racing. What would this day be like? What would transpire on the days that followed? I had questions, I had reservations, but I was going all-in. However, this particular day […]

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Terminated by the Church: My Very Worst Day

“Besides, I shall perhaps obtain actual relief from writing. Today, for instance, I am particularly oppressed by one memory of a distant past. It came back vividly to my mind a few days ago, and has remained haunting me like an annoying tune that one cannot get rid of. And yet I must get rid […]

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Online Yardsale: How to Support My Trip to France

​In 2020, every 40 seconds, someone around the globe will die by suicide. And for every 1 who dies, 25 more attempt. But it doesn’t have to be that way.Will you help me save lives this year?I’ve recently been accepted to a week-long writer’s residency in France. It’s an opportunity most writers only dream of: […]

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Surviving an Affair: How I Found Grace After He Cheated

I’ll never forget the day I started cursing. It was the day my husband admitted to having an affair.Even though I had suspected for a few months, all I could do was whisper “Bastard” and walk out the door. (I know, pretty low on the cussing scale, but we all have to start somewhere!) It was […]