Category: suffering

Death Grip: Letting Go of the Rope

Did you ever play the game Tug-O-War as a kid? If you haven’t, it’s a game where you and some friends stand on opposite sides of a long heavy rope, gripping it and “tugging” on it as hard as you can until one team…

Blow-Up Mattresses and Broken Promises

You guys need to meet my mom. My mom is a supremely gifted and creative human being, especially when it comes to interior design and home staging.  She can turn any poorly decorated room into a beautiful work of art with just a few…

Is It Well With My Soul?

I have always loved the classic hymn, It Is Well With My Soul.  It’s a beautiful [and famous] song that’s sung in most Christian churches around the globe.  It’s filled with lyrics that speak of surrender, peace, and complete trust in a God Who…

When God Gives You More Than You Can Handle

This may come as a surprise to most of you, but… I love grocery shopping. Well, actually wait.  Let me rephrase that.  I love food. In all seriousness though, I love getting to stroll through the aisles of Publix while basking in the vastness of…

Dance in the Rain

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain” I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for April to be over. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, April showers bring May flowers?  Well, forget…

Naked and Afraid

We’ve all experienced it at least once in our lives. That embarrassing moment you just can’t seem to shake out of your mind.  Maybe it was that moment when you were spending quality time with friends, telling them a fantastic joke or sharing an…

Let’s Get Dirty

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round…

The Blog Post That Everyone Hated

I’m warning you now—you are not going to like this blog post. This blog post is not filled with politeness or political correctness.  It is not filled with flattery or superficial clichés that are meant to keep you comfortable.  It is not a “feel…

Embracing Your Sheepish Side

Have you ever heard someone use the word “sheepish” in a conversation?  Maybe you’ve even used it yourself, saying something like, “wipe that sheepish grin off of your face, child.”  Lord knows I’ve heard phrase that plenty of times in my life… Well, I…

The Only Way out Is Through

Several years ago, my lovely sister Melissa (aka: Angel Princess) got a tattoo in Arabic that says, “the only way out is through.”  Most of our family’s ethnicity is rooted in the Syrian and Lebanese cultures, so I thought the tattoo was really awesome.  But…