Mindfulness and Confession: Reflections in the Mirror

My earliest experiences as a Christian with confession were always pretty tearful and mindfulness was not even in my vocabulary.  I believed the truest thing about me was a list of all my sins.  And as a person for whom shame was a way of being, the idea of confessing my sins to someone else […]

Baby Heart Revival: A Transforming Miracle

Heart filled with sunshine

The third grade daughter of a friend of mine had a hurting heart.  Childhood depression isn’t always obvious, but this little girl was very introverted, always looked ragged, and was unaffectionate and disconnected from her mother.  In fact, she would hiss at her if she tried to hug her.  Childhood depression is hard to treat […]

When Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work

I hate positive thinking emergencies. They creep up on you at your worst moments. You stand at cliff’s edge, vicious barbarian armies closing in on you. In front of you lies the ocean. Even if you were to survive the sharp rocks that stud the cliff side, there is a sea monster waiting below, his […]

Confessions of a Five Year Old Runaway

It all started with the maroon polyester pantsuit.  Feeling ugly and uncomfortable, I remember sitting on the sidewalk refusing to go anywhere in that garish monster of an outfit, wishing I could scrape the itchy thing off like Job’s boils.  And then the persistent diet of fried eggs in the morning.  Is there anything worse […]