Are You Spiritually Malnourished?

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When our bodies are physically malnourished, we get run down, tired, and short-tempered. Extended malnourishment can lead to depression, muscle loss, tissue damage, and more. Children who are malnourished actually stop growing, physically. Something similar can happen when we are spiritually malnourished. We experience loss and damage in our sense of self and our love of neighbor. With extended spiritual …


Jesus Gathers Up Our Fragments

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This little graphic has been floating around on social media. You might have seen it on Facebook or Instagram. It caught my eye when a friend posted it on Instagram. Unfortunately, I have no idea where it originated or who wrote it. In spite of that, I think this is actually a pretty good statement, theologically speaking. When I was …


The Compassion of Christ

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The Compassion of Christ I generally dislike a scarcity mindset. I dislike it in organizations (including churches), in theology, and in myself. More often than not, consumption, not supply, is the problem. At times, we need to change how we allocate or distribute whatever seems scarce. It can be hard—even impossible—to see how to make these adjustments if we assume …

Ministry Means We Go Together

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In August 2019, my husband and I took an unforgettable trip to South Africa. We spent two weeks learning about culture, apartheid, reconciliation, multiculturalism, and more. The big international airport in South Africa is called Tambo International Airport. Mr. O. R. Tambo, the airport’s namesake, was a contemporary of Nelson Mandela and, like him, worked to end apartheid. I was …

DOSPOD Episode 89

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Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862, but it didn’t make its way to Texas until 1865. In this episode, Steph and I are joined by Dr. Darryl Scriven who shares his personal experience as an African American learning about and celebrating Juneteenth. We talk about the …


DOSPOD Episode 88

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I was recently summoned for jury duty. At first, I had mixed feelings. I know what it’s like to present a case to a jury, but I’ve never been a juror before. Though I was curious, I doubted I would be chosen to serve and I worried the whole thing would be a waste of time. To my surprise, I …


DOSPOD Episode 87

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Steph and I celebrate the second anniversary of the podcast! More than ever, we are all about sharing personal experiences and learning from each other. Of course, honest conversations are the best way to make that happen and that’s still foundational to Discovering Our Scars. If you have a long-term goal or project, this episode will resonate with you and …


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Steph and I are joined in this episode by Steph’s high school friend, Megan. As high school ended, Steph could see that Megan was struggling with depression. Unknown to Megan, Steph was struggling, too. Steph tried to “fix” Megan, rather than working on herself but Megan wasn’t ready. They drifted apart for a few years. When they reconnected, they realized …

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Pentecost: A Breath of New Beginning

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We all know there are four seasons—winter, spring, summer, and autumn. I live in the northern part of Florida, just on the border with Georgia. Unlike our friends further south in Florida, we are lucky enough to get at least a taste of each of the four seasons. Some of them are fleeting, but we enjoy them while we can! …


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In Episode 85, Steph and I talk about some of the things we’ve been diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) with and what that feels like. For Steph, a diagnosis of PTSD felt like a relief because she understood what she was dealing with and she knew that her psychologist understood, too. For me, knowing what type of cancer I had was instrumental …