Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith - Book Review

Michelle DeRusha's book, Spiritual Misfit:A Memoir of Uneasy Faith, is as open, engaging, and honest. The topic of spirituality in today's culture and society has become more open than it once was, so I think this book is a great place to begin a conversation. In the book, she discusses her entire path, all parts of it. From when she attended religious services out of duty, to her pure avoidance of the topic altogether, marrying someone with faith, and the slow walk to where she is today....more

Six Life Lessons From Skin

Light Over Darkness Your skin is a covering. The content of your heart matters most. ~ A.M....more

Get Out of the Way

When we give up striving and trying to save ourselves with our own efforts,  when we finally  get out of His way, God finally has a chance to save us from ourselves.Sometimes God waits till we are almost drowning, exhausted by our own efforts to save ourselves because He knows that this is the only time we will accept salvation on HIS terms.What Jesus did for me, , Yongsung Kim....more

Don't Forget that I Love You

As a mother, saying I love you to my children is something that I am very compulsive about. I am always so acutely aware of how often and in how many ways I say I love you to my children. Sometimes, when one has compulsion, it’s important to lay the compulsion flat, on a page, smooth it’s edges and wrinkles to read the words of memory that are scrawled in pencil, smudged by thumbs and yellowed with time. Couple this with deep reflection and a generally introspective nature, and you’re in for some serious psychoanalysis (of the amateur kind, because I ain’t no doctor). ...more

OOPS I Did it again!

So I promised myself I would treat myself better and not drink as much and pray more so I can be a better Christian. I drank... A LOT. Was really sick the entire next day. Whats worse is that I was so sick I couldn't go were I really wanted to go. To top it all off I was told I made out with a guy. ... WHY !!!!  Why do I do this to myself? Shouldn't I know that God loves me enough not to do this. I feel like a terrible horrible person who can never keep her  word.  GOD I want to serve you better yet I always let temptation get the best of me....more

I have not forgotten my purpose here!

It has been a long time since I posted last. I know and I apologize to you my readers - and I am almost ready to be back here full time. I had a lot on my plate all at once. Several projects that needed to be completed and God told me not to take on another thing until I had cleaned my plate. I still have two more things to finish before I can return on a full time basis here. Due to the size of the projects I have help and am looking forward to having my plate cleaned off in the next week or so....more

Jungle Living In Thailand (What I Learned When I Gave Up Running Water)

In the summer of 2005, I packed my bags and boarded a 747 bound for Bangkok. At the tender age of 20, I signed up to spend a summer in Thailand, teaching English among the Kui people of Northeast Thailand.What I learned went far beyond the teeming streets of Bangkok and touristy beaches of Phuket — it was a lesson truly realized only when I abandoned my perception of comfort and fully embraced my new home. In a nutshell, it was soul-shaping.Here are a few of the lessons I learned from my time living in Thailand’s Sisakaet Province....more

Either You Trust Him Or You Don't: Still Finding The New Normal

The weeping seems to be under control for the moment, but I can feel it lurking just under the surface, ready to smack me around if I don't keep vigilant. Actually, I have not wept since last Sunday, and that was because of communion. Communion makes me weep in gratitude for the sacrifice He made for me, so I can't blame loneliness for that....more

Last Message from Baltimore

My last Friday Message from Baltimore ..  ...more