No Performance Necessary | Rare Disease Series

No Performance Necessary | Rare Disease Series

Growing up, our local dance studio was practically my second home. For fifteen years, countless hours were spent inside the studio learning ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and, embarrassingly, hip hop for a few years. All the practice and hard work culminated in an annual spring recital.

Performing was something I had been trained to do, but being on stage was never something I looked forward to.

“You have handled this so well,” I heard time and time again while enduring chemotherapy to slow the growth of my rare tumor. A phrase that never sat well with my soul.

A people-pleaser at heart, the phrase unknowingly boxed me into having to meet other’s expectations of my health—a sense of having to handle my thoughts, feelings, and health well. While offered to encourage, the phrase laid out before me a stage—one that asked me to give the performance of my life—not for my sake, but for the benefit of others.

Go at Your Own Pace | Rare Disease Series

Go at Your Own Pace | Rare Disease Series

When navigating the world with a rare disease or chronic illness, we often have to lay down our plans to go at the pace our body, mind, and spirit demands.

We often think of these limitations as physical, but through the years, I’ve discovered they are just as much physical as they are mental and emotional. When the limitations we often contend with are beyond our control, we must remind ourselves that it is not only okay but necessary to go at our own pace.

An Invitation for the New Year

An Invitation for the New Year

I entered 2020 full of hope and 2021 full of trepidation. But therein lay an invitation—an invitation to a road less traveled.

While I don’t have a word of the year or any New Year’s resolutions for 2021, I feel called to the invitation to honor the hard. I hope you’ll join me.

In the Middle of the Storm

In the Middle of the Storm

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” – Isaiah 55:8-9

“I need you to make a way where I do not see one,” offered up to God less like a request and more like a demand—a desperate plea uttered from a place of feeling forgotten.

As the hours ticked by, a new ending began to unfold—one that left me with nothing else to say but only God.

Remaining Thankful as a Courageous Act of Trust | Guest Post for Chickening IN

Remaining Thankful as a Courageous Act of Trust | Guest Post for Chickening IN

This week, I have the honor of sharing about thankfulness and courage on JJ Gutierrez’s website “Chickening IN.” On a mission to help others transform fear into courageous faith, it is a true privilege to share how remaining thankful has become a courageous act of trust in God within my own life. I pray these words encourage you on your own journey.

Resting in God’s Strength Within Our Struggles

Resting in God’s Strength Within Our Struggles

Inviting God into our struggles is a starting point to resting in God’s strength in our struggles. When we are weak, then we are strong Paul teaches us in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Christ’s power is made perfect in weakness.

What a gift that within the places we feel weak God’s provision is what we can rely on to see us through. We don’t have to hold it all together. Our weaknesses become a place to see God at work, a place to rest in his strength.