My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

3 Practical Things to Do When Church Feels Hard

Church. The simple word can bring so many emotions. It can remind us of faith, pain, belonging, rejection, love, and loss. Much like any relationship with imperfect people, church brings a host of feelings, and for some, it just feels hard. But does that mean it has no place in their life? These words may […]

The Church Project, Part II

We all have different experiences with Church. The Church Project is a way to look at some of those experiences to consider one another within the Church and think more deeply about our own experiences. Let’s welcome Anita as she tells parts of her story growing up in the church and working in a variety […]

The Church Project, Part I

We all approach Church with our own ideas and life experiences. Learning from one another can help us become better equipped to love and encourage one another in God’s truth. As we spend a few weeks exploring our role within the Church, I started a project asking people about their experiences. People will answer the […]

How I Went Back To Church, Part II

Finding your way back to church can be a road you never intended to be on. I sure didn’t. This is the second part in my journey back (you can see the first part here). I never lost Jesus, but something in me missed what I knew the church could be. So we stepped out […]

How I Went Back To Church, Part I

It wasn’t that long ago that I was spiritually homeless. I had my faith, held it tight, or loose depending on the day. But it never left. I never let it go. Church was a different story. I never meant to leave. Church just moved further and further down the list of things I wanted […]

Connected or Tethered?

Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Bible Study, Wednesday Worship…… the list goes on. We think we are so connected. We serve within the walls of the church and give all of our time, yet we wonder why we feel so disconnected from our family, from our community.  When all our service is within the walls of the […]

When Church Doesn’t Feel Like Home

I’ve spent a good part of the last decade wandering the desert of Christianity. No, that’s not right. It has very little to do with faith and everything to do with church. I’ve been homeless for a long time. We, as Christians often think of church as being a home. We find our place where we […]

When Church Becomes An Idol

I’ve spent the better part of six years struggling with church. A challenging pregnancy made it difficult for me to attend our church for months, and when you lose sight of something for long enough your recollection isn’t always clear. I felt lost; I still do. I walked around burdened by my “bad” Christian lifestyle […]

Day 24: Slipping Silently

We often think of drowning as a loud, splashy affair. That’s where we’re wrong. Drowning often happens without a single sound or a cry for help. I haven’t gone to church regularly in almost six years. There was no big falling out, no spiritual abuse, no change in belief. Life happened and I slipped under […]

Where Do You Fit in Church?

I sat on the outside aisle taking it all in. The lights, the music, the lyrics. I was surrounded alone. Surrounded by people of like mind, of like faith, yet something in me couldn’t process it. I wasn’t struggling in my faith. I wasn’t having an emotional crisis. I was, I still am, fed up. […]