Browsing Category : growth

All is All, All Means


Last night, I did something I vowed to myself I’d never do again: meet with a group of women outside a Celebrate Recovery environment. • Why did I make such a *vow* to myself? • Because for so long, it’s been difficult for me to trust myself with other women – particularly outside of the safer environment that CR provides.…

It’s Time to Be Better


I can’t begin to count how many times it’s been that I’ve written the words, “It’s been such a long time.” Once again, here I am saying the same words. However, unlike the past, I don’t feel shamed by them. I haven’t blogged like the beast I used to when I first started this writing journey back in late 2010.…

Why Don’t You Know Jon Acuff?


I’m changing a few things up around here. This whole new brave vibe going on in my life has me venturing out to do new and bold things. Lately, I’m resonating with the opening of Star Trek: The Next Generation where Captain JeanLuc Picard states in his regal voice. Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.…

Life Takes Guts to Live


The story behind this photo is simple. I drug my husband and son out of bed just before the crack of dawn to walk to the pier to capture the sunrise. As tired as we all were, we all stood in awe as we watched the sun slowly creep over the horizon’s edge; all the while, my shutter going a…

The Importance of Accountability


Matthew 18:20 states that where there are two or three gathered in Jesus’s name, he is there. In turn, 1 Thessalonians 5:11 encourages us to encourage and build one another up. Considering these two verses, it’s clear that God never intends for us to go through anything in life alone. In fact, He didn’t fashion us for isolation – but instead,…

Why I’m Not Observing Lent


So, I’m researching to explore this whole season we’re in with many people observing Lent. In actuality, though the scriptures reveal many people (including Jesus) fasted, and there were wanderings and other things that deal with 40 days, the reality is nowhere in scripture is Lent (or even Ash Wednesday) remotely revealed as a practice a Christian *needs* to engage…

Resolution: It’s Necessary


Resolutions. Goals. Purposing. Whatever your word for the impending New Year, the reality is, a New Year is happening with or without any of these things. I’ve sought to never make resolutions before, because honestly, yes…I fail miserably at them. The majority of people do, and I believe I know why. It’s because of the word. I firmly believe the…

Your Job Is…


Can you finish this sentence? By the way, hi everyone. I’m Marni, a grateful believer in Jesus Christ in recovery for struggles with codependency, dependency and anxiety. So, back to the question…can you finish the sentence in the title of this post? Your job is…??? This past summer, I dove head first into my friend, Jon Acuff‘s newest book release,…

Picking Up Where I Left Off


Hey everyone, I’m Marni. A grateful believer in Jesus who still struggles with codependency, dependency and anxiety. It’s been nearly two months since my last post, and I’m picking up where I left off. It bugs me that I’ve allowed this to go on for this long…again. Yet, I’m not beating myself up like I have in the past when…