About the blogger…

My intentions are to love God and love others through education, advocacy, and vulnerability.

I’ve had a fair amount of experiences in my short life, experiences I would never wish on anyone, that have given me a bit of unique insight and wisdom on a few of the darker, less palatable aspects of spirituality and Christian living. I am relentlessly devoted to following Christ, and the ways in which I do that, albeit varied, include writing up what I have learned through these experiences to share with others, hence this blog. More importantly, I am committed to humbly submitting my beliefs and thoughts to the righteous evaluation and accountability of others, and I can only do that by putting them out there. Many suffering people in this world either do not have their own voice to speak for themselves, they are not allowed to use their voice, or their voice is not heard or taken seriously when they use it. I am in a privileged position in which I have a voice, I am allowed to use it, and it is often heard and considered. In many situations it is my responsibility to step aside and allow others to use my platform to speak for themselves and their communities. For the purposes of this blog, however, my responsibility is to use this platform to speak for others.

I am a graduate student pursuing my MS in Marriage & Family Therapy, and I hold a BA in Psychology and Religion. I currently work in Human Resources, but plan to become a Licensed MFT to bring education, healing, and hope to individuals and families in need. I enjoy pickled beets, grapefruit soda, Doctor Who, and airports. I find comfort in aimless walking, liturgy and mysticism, all forms of nature, and stray cats. Ring the bell of dinosaur memes or dissenting discussion, and I will come running.

“She is both, hellfire and holy water. And the flavor you taste depends on how you treat her.”  -Sneha Pal

I cannot avoid walking through fire, nor can I walk through fire without getting burned. But thanks to the healing and strength of the Holy Spirit, combined with tremendous help from various resources, I can get burned without getting burned up. Instead of the flames consuming me, I will consume the flames. I will carry them with me. They will ignite my passion, be my guiding light in the dark, provide warmth in the cold, and fortify the strong weapon I will become. I will be a wildfire in cold and barren places. So long as my fire destroys that which harms and gives to life to that which heals, I will not be extinguished.

Now let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.