Grace to Live a Life Sentence

Stacie, my sixteen-year-old daughter, was outgoing and beautiful, full of hopes and dreams. Until one man destroyed them in a single moment. He stalked our family for two weeks and waited until Stacie was home alone. He slipped in through an unlocked door

Please Heal My Heart

Brokenhearted Girl Two days changed my life.  At the end of the first, I knew I was different… dirty different. Once again, my parents, four siblings, and I—the happy and helpful middle child—had just moved in response to military orders. My parents always

Learning a New Dance

At five years old, I knew exactly what I wanted.  “Mommy, I want to be a ballerina when I grow up.” Tutus and tiaras, music and applause, glitter and make up…what girl could want anything more? “Okay, sweetie,” my mom responded kindly, as she did to so many of my childhood dreams. 

Healing after Rape

I was the first child and oldest daughter to loving parents, both committed to Jesus Christ. I could sense the joy and peace that surrounded me within our home. I did not I live a fairy tale existence; indeed some of my happiest memories as a very young child occurred during a time of extreme […]