When Religion is Evil

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I recently watched a documentary on Warren Jeffs, former president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was horrifying and left me sick to my stomach.

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Hello darkness, my old friend...

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This morning I did a search on my bible app for the word “despair.” The first verse that popped up was from Psalm 88. I slowly read through the verses… yes, wow, that’s most definitely despair.

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Shame & Narrative Therapy

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Humans are the only creatures who tell stories about our lives. We are made in God’s image, and a significant component of God’s character is acting, and then judging those actions.  

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Shame- the Enemy of Our Souls

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Shame is best described as “an internal state of inadequacy, unworthiness, dishonor, regret, or disconnection” (read more about shame at Psychology.com). Shame is global self-judgement- or as a child might state it- “I am bad.” 

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I Am Unusually Fond of You

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After a delightful spring break, I am now amping up for my third term of teaching Psychology at our local community college. I have noticed something about many of my students.

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The Amatorium: Magical Grace Refueling Station

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This February, I have been absorbing messages of “law” like there’s no tomorrow. By law, I mean- anything that defines and measures good. 

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The Gift of Social Anxiety: Finding Rest in God's Grace

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I've written a whole book about the things I'm not good at... eye contact, small talk, receiving judgment, and always coming up short of perfection.

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Merry Grace-mas

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The birth of Jesus was the beginning of the end  for religion. The story starts with a helpless infant born in humble circumstances to a pair of nobodies. And it ended with a spirit/man ascending to heaven, His final words echoing throughout all of Creation "... you will receive power..." 

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Our Smudged Johari Window

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Everybody has a blind spot. In psychology, this is called a section of the Johari window (named after its inventors Joseph and Harrington). It's the stuff others know about you that you don't know about yourself.

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A photo of me as a sensitive baby, five beautiful generations of anxious women

Parenting Socially Anxious Children

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So here's the thing about parenting: nobody says it, but deep down I think we get it. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING.  I mean, think about it. Virtually every step of parenting comes with absolutely no previous experience. 

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Five Tips for Coping with Criticism

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This recently happened to me. A good bit of criticism. I actually paid people to do it, but still. :) I entered my book in the Published Nonfiction category in the 2017 Oregon Christian Writer's awards contest.

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