I am a happy writer, wife, teacher, and mom who doesn’t mind sharing that I used to be depressed. God saved me from suicide in 2004, but I continued to suffer depression for years, all while pretending I was okay. Throughout my twenties, I fumbled my way back to God and the Seventh-day Adventist church, and through prayer ministry and my husband’s love and support, decided it was time to let down my walls. Today, in hopes of inspiring honesty and healing in others, I share my story with students, church members, friends, prayer partners, and all you who read this blog.
I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and have taught the same subject at the high school and college levels. I have written two books–The Hidden Half of the Gospel: How His Suffering Can Heal Yours with Paul Coneff, and my memoir, Ending the Pain: A True Story of Overcoming Depression. Currently, I’m staying at home to clean poopy diapers, play with my sons, learn how to clean house, and finally return the support my hubby gave me over eight stressful years of trying to “find myself.” My passion is writing true stories about the Lord’s redemptive work in messy lives, because these stories make a case for God in a way many can relate to—and no one can argue with.
About My Blog
“Writing to My Roots” is where I share my thoughts on writing, life, family, and faith. Part writing-, part mommy-, and part Christian-blog, this space was originally where I got comfortable telling my “ugly, messy rebirth story” as I prepared to go public with that story in a memoir. Today, you can find my memoir on amazon.com or adventistbookcenter.com, and follow the continuing story here, where I document my struggles to relearn life, faith, and priorities as a new mother. I think there’s going to be second memoir in all of this at some point, but until the mommy gig slows down, it’s important to me to keep writing, and to keep connecting with readers who may be going through the same struggles I am.
Where the “Roots” Theme Comes from
When I started blogging, I planned to write about how I had recovered from my childhood issues…how I had prayed through all my bad roots and was now going to get down to the good ones.
The more I blogged, the more bad roots I uncovered. I’m talking about lies Satan had planted in me over many years spent in depression and denial—lies that still try to keep me from becoming the person God wants me to be.
No doubt about it, my writing gets a little dark sometimes—you might say a little too dark for a born-again Christian. However, I’ve decided to embrace this dichotomy of dark and light because:
- I’d rather expose Satan’s lies than cover them up.
- I’d rather fight than flee.
- And I’d rather be real than “perfect.”
In a nutshell…
I’ve learned there’s a battle unfolding between good and evil every day in my soul—and I am committed to exposing that evil so it can never take me down again.
If you’re new to my blog, I suggest beginning with:
- What Christians and Mental Patients Have in Common…to understand why honesty is so important to me.
- The Dark and Light in a Writer’s Life…to understand my sometimes “mixed” posts.
If you like what you see, I’d love to have you follow me as I write to my roots:
- The roots of what God intended me to have, be, and do—
- And the roots of how Satan tries to keep me from having, being, and doing all of the above.
Discover Your Roots
If you’d like to learn more about uncovering the harmful roots in your life, you can get a copy of The Hidden Half of the Gospel at www.hiddenhalf.org, or purchase the Kindle edition at Amazon.com. To learn more about the prayer ministry that led me to “write to my roots,” or to request prayer trainings at your church, please visit www.straight2theheart.com.
Finally, if you are inspired by this blog, I’d love for you to visit my Facebook page, where I post shorter, more informal thoughts and inspirations, along with the occasional family pic.