But… I’m not an Addict

The Shock of Recovery Discovery By: Cassi Cox I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the position where something that didn’t ever apply to you suddenly hits you like a ton of bricks. It just happened to me. I was sitting in my substance use disorder counseling class, completely shook, as my professor walkedContinue reading “But… I’m not an Addict”

Finding The Roar

What a wild ride the last few months have been. Our little team has been working hard- together and individually to reclaim what we lost, to heal, to grow and figure out who and what we are truly called to be. We’d like to use this space to share our journeys- collective and respective- withContinue reading “Finding The Roar”

Own It 

Letting Go of the Temptation to Dismiss, Blame and Minimize the Harm We Cause  By: Cassi Cox I will never forget the moment I truly came face to face with the impact of the worst decision that I ever made.  It was YEARS after. More than a decade after I had selfishly acted out ofContinue reading Own It 

But What About Bathsheba?

by Deborah Schiefer I recently wrote a blog for Christmas1 and in it, I referenced the women named in the lineage of the Messiah and their broken histories. When it came to Bathsheba, I debated whether or not to mention the idea that perhaps she wasn’t an enthusiastic participant in the relationship with King David,Continue reading “But What About Bathsheba?”

Dear Friend… Love Your Survivor

By Deborah Schiefer Dear friend, I am a trauma survivor and I hate the word “triggered.” See, social media and politics have taken a word that’s very real to me and turned it into something that paints me into a tantrum-throwing child. But, friend, triggers are real and sometimes those of us with trauma historiesContinue reading “Dear Friend… Love Your Survivor”

Your Journey is Real… And Uniquely Yours

by Deborah Schiefer When my Mom was first diagnosed with early-onset dementia and I became a part-time caregiver for her, I thought I was alone. During my late childhood years, she became increasingly abusive toward me, peaking in my adolescence. The abuse became so severe, I ended up moving in with another family for myContinue reading “Your Journey is Real… And Uniquely Yours”

A Survivor

It’s Complicated: Abigail and David Have you ever had to live with a bully? I don’t just mean your older brother, who sometimes tormented you a bit, but also would have had your back the second someone else said a word to you. I mean a bully. The kind of person who turned your worldContinue reading “A Survivor”