In Others’ Words: When Story Conquers Fear

Beth Vogt In Others' Words, Quotes, story 10 Comments

I sat across from my trusted friend Wise Guy recently and told him, “My heart seems smaller.” Had unrelenting circumstances — mine and others’ close to me — turned me into some emotional Grinch and downsized my heart? As I talked some and listened more, I realized that yes, fear had crept in and silenced me … that unknowingly I …

In Others’ Words: The Sacredness of Tears

Beth Vogt In Others' Words, perspective, Quotes 13 Comments

There was a time in my life when I would not allow myself to cry.  Month after month, I refused to cry, swallowing the tears burning the back of my throat. The truth is, I had a lot to cry about. Repeated loss. Ongoing loneliness. And times of dark, dark doubt. My faith wavered. I ached to the very core …

In Others’ Words: Only You

Beth Vogt In Others' Words, Life, Uncategorized 28 Comments

There are some things only  I can do. Being me, for example. Nobody else can be me. Brilliant deduction, I know. I spent some time — too much time, to be honest — doubting myself. (Yes, yes, I’ve admitted this before, so I won’t belabor it again.) Lesson learned: Spend too much time doubting yourself and you spend too little …

In My Words: Turning Back from Turning My Back on God (Part 3)

Beth Vogt Faith, Life 35 Comments

I’ve found that when I hope to encourage others, God often prompts me to share my less-than shining moments. This is one of those times. On Monday & Wednesday, I shared the circumstances that caused my faith to founder — and the choices (mistakes) I made along my way to doubt. Welcome to Part 3 (the final installment) of a …

In My Words: Turning My Back from Turning My Back on God (Part 2)

Beth Vogt Faith, Life 43 Comments

I’ve found that when I hope to encourage others, God often prompts me to share my less-than shining moments. This is one of those times. On Monday, I shared the circumstances that cause my faith to founder — and the first mistake I made along my way to doubt: I lost sight of the truth of who God is. Welcome …

In My Words: Turning Back from Turning My Back on God (Part 1)

Beth Vogt Faith, Life 51 Comments

I’ve found that when I hope to encourage others, God often prompts me to share my less-than shining moments. This is one of those times. Today I’m sharing the first part of the story of when my faith foundered, part one of a three-part series recounting a less-than stellar season in my faith journey. It ain’t pretty, but it’s honest. *** …