The power of community and human connections in living a surrendered Kingdom life.

  • Connections,  Encouragement

    From the Pit to the Rock

    I’m a fiction writer by trade, and that means people can find me. They can also let me know when I have disappointed them, angered them, and let them down by writing something they don’t like. Honestly, sometimes I wish I lived way back in the day when female writers were given male pen names and hidden in the shadows. As much as I love to write, I’m much too thin-skinned for the job, and this week someone’s harsh words reminded me just how true that is. Yes, I got one of those emails. Darkness pounced. Very often those who find something distasteful in my writing go right for the…

  • social anxiety and the church social main image
    Anxiety,  Connections,  Encouragement

    Church socials and the socially anxious

    Church event organizers across the country are going to come after me for this post. In the next few paragraphs, I am going to admit something that won’t surprise you. Here it is: I’m not a fan of church socials. If the goal of an event is to mingle, practice small talk skills, and relax together, I do what I can to duck out. It’s that relax part that gets me. Do some of you relax in a big group setting? I am envious. Church socials and the socially anxious don't always play well together, but they're here to stay, so we have to learn to navigate.