Reflections on a Life Bound by Chains

I just returned home after attending the Writers on the Rock Conference 2017. I knew from the previous conferences that today would be powerful and that at the end of the day, I would have a renewed passion for writing, for pursuing Christ in my calling, and for using my gift to reach those whoRead moreRead more

Battle Weary and Victorious

War, the unmistakable and continuous fight for your very existence, for your heart, mind, and soul.When everything in your world is so far outside the norm, outside of your control, and the enemy is using everything in your life, loved ones, work, your pets, to attack you at every angle, you live in chaos. IfRead moreRead more

Invisible Suffering

I have spent the majority of my time on this blog writing about trauma, PTSD, and the invisible wounds of psychological and emotional injuries that no one really understands. The more I walk through this life and experience all the pain, suffering, chaos, trauma, and “junk” that is thrown at us, I realize that invisibleRead moreRead more

Overwhelmed and Exhausted

I have to admit that I am beyond overwhelmed and exhausted with my life at this point. This last year, with the exception of the birth of my son, has been one horrific nightmare after another. It seems that no matter where I turn, there is another life-sucking beast waiting for me and there isRead moreRead more

Delusions and Hallucinations and PTSD

I’ve debated writing about this topic for awhile. This is one of those aspects of trauma that no one wants to talk about, that most untrained doctors and psychologists don’t understand or don’t want to understand, and that makes those suffering from them feel absolutely crazy. People who are suffering from these symptoms in responseRead moreRead more

Persistent Negativity, Pessimism, and Trauma

“What’s wrong with you?” “Why can’t you just be happy?” “Why can’t you just get over it?” “That’s a really messed up thing to say/think/believe?” Really, the list of these types of questions from people who do not understand trauma reactions can go on for many more pages. If you’re anything like me, you actuallyRead moreRead more

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Prayer…Strategies for Staying in the Present

Traumatized people, because of the chemical changes in their brains, tend to walk around like zombies. The parts of the brain that facilitate rational thought, gives interpretation to experiences and manages emotional responses virtually go offline after trauma, while the part of the brain that screams that everything and everyone is dangerous is on hyper-drive. ThisRead moreRead more

Self-Destructive and Self-Harming Behavior

People are not meant to endure trauma. In fact, the original design of this world and humanity did not include pain and suffering. Unfortunately, that did not last and we are left in a world that is filled with hate, evil, and violence. The atrocities perpetrated by evil people and the things that people haveRead moreRead more

Love and Relationships

Everyone wants to be loved, to be cherished, to matter to someone. I think that is the tender nature of each of our hearts, regardless of whether we are a woman or a man. God created us to desire love, friendship, and support, and as a result, our hearts and souls long for that intimateRead moreRead more

Hollow

Nothingness. That is the predominant emotion and state of being that occurs following tragedy and trauma. That feeling that no matter what you are trying to accomplish in your life, you’re left a hollow shell of who you once were. This feeling of nothingness of being completely void of everything you thought you were canRead moreRead more