There are a handful of Bible verses that are often quoted as platitudes. We hear these verses so frequently that they often lose their impact. We may hear them in passing, on the radio, or quoted by well-meaning family or friends. One such verse is Romans 8:28.
If you told me I’d be a minivan-driving mama of four when I first got married, I wouldn’t have believed you. I had no idea what lay ahead, and how my faith, becoming a mom, and driving a minivan would shape me.
Motherhood changed me, and my minivan got me there.
I was emotionally triggered and couldn’t quite find my way out of that place in the moment. We’d traversed our way into dangerous conversational territory again. Having successfully launched our oldest child and were leaving him after several days of helping settle him for his freshman year, our conversation had shifted to “what’s next.”
It’s hard to have trauma in your past that continually causes you pain, whether you’ve been through emotional trauma, physical trauma, or have complex trauma. I’ve written about my own journey of experiencing trauma and finding the blessings within trials. It’s no picnic, and sometimes I find myself triggered by the same things over and over again.
I have to admit, I have a love-hate relationship with mornings. On one hand, I love the freshness of beginning a day anew. There’s a sense of hope and redemption…
Everyday occurrences can trigger past hurts in ways that are difficult to understand. Those of us with difficult journeys out of harmful relationships, addictions, or damaging religions are frequently reminded…