Faith&Spirituality, Identity, Writing Sample

Joy in the Unknown

A little late, but here is my reflection from the month of October: “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” —Psalm 94:19 NIV The “Unknown” is not a comfortable place to be, especially if it triggers feelings of isolation or of being misunderstood. Many insecurities are unearthed and we can find… Continue reading Joy in the Unknown

Faith&Spirituality, Identity, Writing Sample

Equipped for Battle

“For this reason I kneel before the father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that… Continue reading Equipped for Battle

Faith&Spirituality, Identity, Motherhood, Writing Sample

Claim This Moment

"'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” —2 Corinthians 12:9 What does being a Homemaker mean? Before having kids, that’s all I wanted: that simplistic yet demanding life of… Continue reading Claim This Moment

Faith&Spirituality, Writing Sample

Coffee Addict: Entrusting Your Tastebuds (and Your Life) to God

Coffee is incredible! I drink it every day: not because I’m addicted, but for the experience it brings. I don’t get a caffeine rush or energy boost that others claim to experience, neither does it keep me awake at night when I’m tired. In fact, coffee does the opposite for me. There is something in… Continue reading Coffee Addict: Entrusting Your Tastebuds (and Your Life) to God

Faith&Spirituality, Identity, Motherhood, Writing Sample

The Better Part: A Mother’s Perspective on Slowing Down and Being Still

“Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and… Continue reading The Better Part: A Mother’s Perspective on Slowing Down and Being Still

Faith&Spirituality, Short Story, Writing Sample

“Be At Peace” A Short Story

Jodie pulled my blue lifejacket from the back of the minivan and handed it to me. “Do you have the map?” she asked, a hint of panic edging into her voice. “Don’t worry, I’ve been planning this trip for over a hundred years.” The sarcastic exaggeration might have been much, but it was ridiculous to think we could get lost canoeing around the shores of… Continue reading “Be At Peace” A Short Story

Faith&Spirituality

He Thirsts – A Reflection and Prayer on Pornography

For the longest time, I have hated porn. And not just pornography, but any form of impurity that elicits lust and impure sexual desire. This has been my greatest spiritual discontent ever since I first encountered sexuality (I was so young I cannot even remember my age). I was fascinated by sexuality. As an adult now, I can… Continue reading He Thirsts – A Reflection and Prayer on Pornography

Faith&Spirituality, Fiction, Short Story, Writing Sample

“Safe” A Short Story

CONTENT WARNING: The content of this short story, although not explicit, deals with mature subject matter. Her knitted sweater caught on a branch. With shaking hands, she tore herself free, stumbling forward. Night creatures croaked and screeched, raising the hair on the back of her exposed neck. The sound of crisp leaves under heavy feet… Continue reading “Safe” A Short Story

Faith&Spirituality, Identity, Motherhood

Finding Confidence in Christ’s Call

Two years ago… It was night, and I had been sleeping for quite some time. My slumber was the quiet, eventless sort, void of any imagined things, people or events. Then suddenly, a man shouted my name, “VANESSA!” I remember shooting up fast in bed, my heart pounding, my husband still asleep, and responding—kid you… Continue reading Finding Confidence in Christ’s Call