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Soul-Care: What It Is; What It Isn’t

Soul-Care: What It is, What It Isn’tSoul-Care is an interpersonal relationship in which a mentor partners with another person who longs to unclutter their soul and heal their image of God and self.Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from PixabayReconciliationIf you’ve heard the theological buzzword “deconstruction” tossed around, Soul-Care is a way to deconstruct your faith […]

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The Secret to Loving Yourself

The Secret to Loving YourselfYou’re probably familiar with self-help books and talk show hosts who tell you to love yourself. Heck, it’s something I talk about frequently. But you may be wondering how to actually go about loving yourself.While your relationship with yourself is the most important connection in your life, it’s easy to forget […]

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How to Listen to My Audiobook Absolutely Free

​To encourage and inspire you during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, I’​m releasing the entire audiobook of Catching Your Breath: The Sacred Journey from Chaos to Calm, absolutely free.From the back cover: What if you could experience a new level of freedom, strength, healing, and energy? Too many people are overwhelmed and holding onto […]

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What is Life Coaching? And How Can It Help You?

If you’re considering working with a life coach for the first time, it can be a little confusing, and downright scary. When I started working with coaching clients in 2017, I quickly learned that life coaching is a pretty misunderstood concept. In this brief article, I hope to clarify my role as a coach, plus […]

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I’m Giving Up Self-Contempt (And So Can You!)

For Lent, I’m giving up self-contempt.Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay”You’re not enough. No one even likes you. You always screw it up. When will you get your act together?”  Are you well acquainted, like I am, with this internal voice that berates, accuses, and condemns?This is the voice of self-contempt. It is the root of […]

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Betrayed: How to Stop Being Taken for Granted

​When ​did you last feel taken for granted?Was it today? Last week? Four years ago? If it was deep heartache, it doesn’t matter how long ago it was; you likely haven’t forgotten the feeling of being taken for granted.I recently received an email from someone walking through a crushing season of betrayal. Her heart is […]

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Guest Blog – Worthy and Unashamed: Facing Mental Health Stigma in the Church Head-On

Unworthy.  It’s a word that I often use to describe myself….in my own head.  You see, I’m a Christian who has mental health issues. I have struggled with panic attacks, anxiety and depression for over 20 years. I’m also a licensed mental health counselor, college professor, worship leader, entrepreneur, wife, and mom.  If you were […]

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How to Embrace Your True Self in a World of Fakers

Please call me by my true names,so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,so I can see that my joy and pain are one.-Thich Nhat Hanh Do you have a nickname? Even if no one has used it in years, did you have a pet name of some kind when you were a […]

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Are Soul-Care Sessions Right for You?

Since I started offering soul-care sessions, I have been constantly blown away by the amount of trust people place in me. I’m meeting people for the first time,​ via phone or Zoom, and within the first ​few minutes, they begin to bare their souls, telling me about:their one deep woundtheir great sadnessthe thing that makes […]