My writing has also appeared on:
- Charisma News
- Patheos: Grace Is Messy
- Stigma Fighters
- The Good Men Project
- The Mighty
- The Rising
- Thought Catalog
Guest post from Callan Sims on fostering, loving, and letting go.
We made a code, and I'm forever grateful that we did. I wish we didn't have to, that the baseline assumption was 'this is a real question with real heart behind it.' I wish the starting point was 'they really care and I owe them an honest answer.' I suppose the honest work of this life is to find the places where those assumptions are true, where we are surrounded by people who not only want honest answers but demand them, who refuse to let us coast by on cheap words of minimal reassurance.
Guest post from Laura Ulrich.
I think the problem with thinking this way—guilting yourself for imperfections and praying to get better—lies in our definition of "healing," versus what it really looks like. I don't believe, just because you and I haven't woken up "normal" one morning, that Jesus hasn't been there with us and for us the entire time.
"Learn about the hard parts of yourself. Press into the painful moments, lean into the headwind and figure out what it takes for you to be healthy. Not what it takes for anyone else to be healthy, what it takes for you. Do the hard things. If you're uncomfortable, there's a good chance you're growing. Learn how to give & receive love, how to ask for help, how to be a sustainable fire."
But when I talk to people about getting mental health treatment, especially those that really need it, the reason I hear most often (by a long shot) is that they can't afford it. Given the fact that 1 in 5 American adults is struggling with mental health in a given year, it's hard to believe that having less coverage even approaches an acceptable idea.
Here's to new adventures.
Here's to hand tattoos.
Here's to perfect love casting out all fear.
Thoughts on feeling suicidal.
Reflections on Good Friday & finding God in the tension.
I've learned how to work better with ADHD, but the lessons I learned growing up are hard to unlearn.