Article: "When The Darkness Closes In"

I was really touched and challenged by the following article written by Mike Ensley, a friend of mine who also write for Boundless, called “When The Darkness Closes In“.

The title of the article is a line from the Matt Redman son, “Blessed Be Your Name”. I have a love/hate relationship with this song. Don’t get me wrong; it’s an amazing song. But it’s also a challenging one, and since the miscarriage, I cannot sing it without breaking into tears. The Scripture that much of the song is based on is the one that was running through my head as I waited to find out if I was really having a miscarriage. It is Job’s words that he said after being informed he had lost almost everything, included all of his children: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

The article is about many things, including depression – something I’ve struggled with on & off for my whole life. You should really go read it. Here’s a quote.

Depression affects people in unique ways. In times when I’m hit by something much more potent than “the blues,” it manifests in a sort of social anxiety. I’ll get claustrophobic in a place like a movie theater, a mall — or church. There’s no real reason, no specific dread that occupies my mind; only the same emotion as if there were. I crave nothing but quiet and solitude. The experience is hard to describe, other than to say it can be very uncomfortable and even disheartening.

Beloved Unlovely

New Boundless article, by yours truly:

Beloved Unlovely

You should read it. It’s good.

There was a man standing in front of me. He was visibly intoxicated, and he reeked of mouth wash (I later found out sometimes alcoholics drink a certain brand of mouth wash when they can’t get hold of alcohol). He was dirty, smelly and scary.

I was speechless.

And then he spoke. “I was headed in the other direction down the path when God told me to come over here and talk to you.”

I didn’t know whether I should be praising God for this confirmation or running for the hills.

Great Article over at Boundless Today

There’s a great article over at Boundless today called “Remember the Poor, Part I“.

Remembering the poor goes beyond dropping change in an offering plate or writing a monthly check to a relief organization — although these are virtuous acts of generosity. Jesus calls us to go a step further and become friends with the poor — to develop relationships with them.

You should go read it 🙂

There’s freedom in honesty.

I’ve written a series of articles for “Boundless”, the webzine of Focus on the Family. This was possibly the easiest to write, but the most difficult to share. It’s strange to see it up in print now.

Confessions of a Cutter

“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.” James 5:16, MSG

There’s freedom in honesty. It’s out there for the world to see. I can’t take it back, and I don’t want to.