Tag Archives: trauma

Learning to Be Deeply Loved

Today is October first, which just happens to be my favorite day of the year. October first marks the beginning of fall and great weather, earthy colors, boots and sweater season, fireplaces, and a lineup to all the fun holidays. I mark the day by buying candy corn and pumpkins. This year, I’m marking October… Continue Reading

It’s Here! The Book I Was Born to Write.

Y’all. It’s here. Today is the official release of my newest book Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness. Oh my goodness. I just can’t stand it, I’m so excited. The cover is SO gorgeous. That’s one reason I love it. And it’s another book about prayer beads. That’s even more reason to love… Continue Reading

Safe Space: If You Build It They Will Come

We are so close to the finish line when it comes to my new book. So close. My editor and I are deep in the mire of detailed edits (our 2nd or 3rd round, I’ve lost count). I spent the day yesterday looking at the number of time I used such words as “think,” “night,”… Continue Reading

PTSD: the Spiritual Implications of Implied Weakness

Earlier this week Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, drew loud criticism for his comments about veterans with PTSD. Speaking to a veterans group, Trump seemed to imply that veterans who returned from combat with PTSD were somehow weaker than those who didn’t. While this is not in any way a political blog, in the… Continue Reading

Good Friday: Enter Into the Pain

It has become my tradition to write about evil on Good Friday (though I’ve missed a few years). As I’ve written before, the trauma survivor in me has always been willing to contemplate evil. Having experienced it firsthand in a most atrocious way – and survived – I am not afraid to confront it, call… Continue Reading

2016: The Year of Trust

As I explained earlier, I’ve been listening for my 2016 Star word – the Epiphany word that would guide me through the year, providing focus and a way of deepening my faith. I’ve journaled, prayed, listened, talked with friends, and considered different words. But the one word that revealed itself and – like an epiphany… Continue Reading

Top 5 Prayer Bead Moments in 2015

A new year is upon us, so you know what that means: reflections on 2015 and hopes for 2016. Here’s what that looks like in terms of prayer beads and our Studio: Top 5 Moments in 2015 for Prayerworks Studio, me, and those of us who love prayer beads: 5. Youth2015: thousands of United Methodist youth gathering… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Warriors: Sharing Prayer Beads with Soldiers with PTSD

So my work has taken a very interesting, albeit sacred, turn recently: once a month I now find myself driving a few hours to a local army base. There at the hospital I meet with soldiers who have a dual diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). My purpose is to… Continue Reading

How You Can Help with Book #4: Stories and Field-Testing

Book #4 is off to a great start. So far I have an outline, writing schedule (Thursdays are writing days!), the introduction, pieces of two chapters . . . and a very, very organized house. (By the time the actual deadline gets here, I imagine I will have completely redecorated my house.) Everything seems to… Continue Reading