Excerpts from China Part Two: Take Cover

I tried to take cover but there was nowhere to run. The heat seamed to intensify by the second as I strained my eyes against the harsh sun. My eyes searched up and down the beach of the Yalong Bay trying to find any umbrella-shaded chair that was available. We finally found one and piled… Continue reading Excerpts from China Part Two: Take Cover

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Excerpts from China Part One: Changing Tides

I had stood in this very spot last night, but instead of squinting into the sun’s harsh gaze, I had been tilting my head back as far as possible to take in the expanse of stars that splattered the sky above the island. The gentle, warm waves of the Yalong Bay in the South China… Continue reading Excerpts from China Part One: Changing Tides

Happy Father’s Day from the Fatherless

11 years, 10 months and 24 days ago, we got the call. My dad had been killed. Just like that, our lives were forever changed.   Last night I found myself staring at the vast array of stars speckling the perfectly clear night sky. Fireflies stole glimpses of my attention as the breeze rustled the… Continue reading Happy Father’s Day from the Fatherless

Shaken But Unashamed

“In the midst of chaos and confusion, in the midst of pain and loss, I can say it is well with my soul not because I understand or I feel okay. I can say that it is well with my soul because I still believe my God is good and there is a strength inside me that has overcome the world.”

An Open Letter to All Those Carrying My Burden

I want to ask "Why?" I want to say "I'm sorry." I want to turn and run the other way. But instead, I will say "thank you."   Thank you for picking up the phone. Thank you for texting back. Thank you for opening your front door. Thank you for the open space on your… Continue reading An Open Letter to All Those Carrying My Burden

Lessons Learned from the Last Year of Recovery: Part 2

Cheers to anniversaries we never knew we'd have!   I received this text this morning from a friend, reminding me how grateful I am for the redemption we never knew would need to come   Today is the one year anniversary of being admitted to hospital, but really it is the one year anniversary of… Continue reading Lessons Learned from the Last Year of Recovery: Part 2

Lessons Learned from the Last Year of Recovery: Part 1

This Tuesday last year I thought I may take my last breath. But this Tuesday, today, I'm sitting by my window writing this, looking at the fading sun outside. To my own surprise, I just heard myself say, "Today is such a great day to be alive." Welcome to Tuesday. Welcome to my journey.  … Continue reading Lessons Learned from the Last Year of Recovery: Part 1

Then Came the Morning: Experiencing Real Peace in the Midst of Real Pain

Today I was out on the beach listening to the waves crash and watching the sleek silhouettes of the birds pass by the skyline in front of me.  "T"  was down at the water’s edge, writing something in the sand. As I drew closer I could read two words that her chilled toes had etched… Continue reading Then Came the Morning: Experiencing Real Peace in the Midst of Real Pain

Soul Rehab

"Grace, it's not getting any better. I'm just so over this."   I’m in my third year of college and I am studying Athletic Training. My heart sunk a little as one of my athletes said this to me recently. Something that I see all of the time is rehab. It’s pretty much my life.… Continue reading Soul Rehab

finding h a p p i n e s s [it’s in the waiting]

How do you feel happy before you are fulfilled? How can you be content when you feel like you’re waiting for your life to look the way you think it should? _______________________ I glanced at her from across the room. She was still looking into the afternoon light streaming through the living room window. She… Continue reading finding h a p p i n e s s [it’s in the waiting]