I have always been a writer.  For most of my life I haven’t written for people to read.  I put pen to paper because I was made in the image of a God who used words to call this world into existence, and He used words to call me to Himself.  Before I was formed in my mother’s womb He breathed into me a mind and heart for reading and writing.  Out of all the talents He could have given He chose a spirit that yearns to take twenty-six symbols and turn them over and over again into pages of what I’ve never considered an ordinary story.  Once in a while, when I would let them slip out into the universe, people told me what I wrote was a gift and asked me if I would please do it more.   I’m just now barely brave enough to put my name on it.




Cliché Cringe. Celebrating Soul Bare. And a Giveaway

Cliché Cringe. Celebrating Soul Bare. And a Giveaway“Inauthenticity, hiding and pretending to be someone we are not, leads to shame. Refusing to be vulnerable for the sake of preserving pride and self-image destroys the possibility of living in Jesus’ freedom and joy and hope.”—Jennifer J. Camp I hate bandwagons. I can love something like crazy, but if too many people start to […] Read more...

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"Start with the soul and perhaps the temporal gifts I want to exercise will have their chance; and if they do not, I have the best in my hands already, the only thing really needed.  God must be in all my work."  --Flannery O'Connor

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9 Comments on Cliché Cringe. Celebrating Soul Bare. And a Giveaway

  1. Rochelle Goldizen
    August 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I continue to be left speechless and amazed at the gift of words God has given you sister, and how they move and bless the souls of many. Your story matters more than you may ever know this side of eternity, and however, wherever, whenever you chose to share Gauntlet, I know it will achieve your heart’s desire and bring our God glory. Never stop writing and sharing your heart! I love you so!

    • Monica
      August 10, 2016 at 7:17 pm (2 weeks ago)

      You have been one of my greatest cheerleaders and prayer warriors. I love you.

  2. Cara Sexton
    August 10, 2016 at 7:40 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Oh Monica. I simply cannot count the ways you have blessed me in the crazy short time I’ve known you, in ways that you may never know the full impact of. You are the kind of gift I couldn’t have known how to ask for. Thank you for your support of me and Soul Bare, and for your own incredible story. Love you big.

    • Monica
      August 16, 2016 at 10:19 am (1 week ago)

      I love you new friend. I already don’t remember not knowing you…which means you’ve always had a piece of my heart. I am with you in all the next things.

  3. Suzanne Anderson
    August 10, 2016 at 7:43 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Monica~ you are such a beautiful soul. The depth of your faith is tangible. I have said, and say it again, I don’t want to lose the tangible, precious, yet unexplainable riches, that can feel fleeting. If it means I need a thorn in my flesh to keep these real & fresh~ I’d rather keep the thorn. You are so transparent and I find this a rare quality. It’s certainly lacking within “the church” you and I know. We have much more in common than you know. Because of your journey you’ve learned the value of authenticity. It’s so much more than mere words. It’s a necessary life trait to see a revolutionized world. I love you friend. You are such an inspiration in many regards. I hope at some point in time, we can break bread together. There’s a song coming to mind–it’s an oldie and I can’t put my finger on the title….but is speaks of being “broken and spilled out”. Yes, this. It’s powerful. Anointed. You’re suffering is not in vain. Yet, I’m so sorry for all you’ve endured. My compassion would take it all away if I possibly could. But would the story carry the same power…..would it be rewriting, God’s story in the wrong way…..I don’t know these answers.

    • Monica
      August 16, 2016 at 10:20 am (1 week ago)


      I pray we meet face to face soon. You are kindred. Knowing and being known by you is gift. I’m praying you see Him in big and small ways today. I love you.

  4. Diane McElwain
    August 10, 2016 at 8:34 pm (2 weeks ago)

    One word: be honest. People know it, they respect it. I will be sharing this post. Sounds like a great book.

  5. Halle Land
    August 13, 2016 at 12:40 am (2 weeks ago)

    Before my last surgery, writing used to just flow. Thoughts not even fully formed would just fly onto the pages. It helped me understand myself better because it sorted out my thoughts. Now I struggle. It takes a lot of effort, and concentration, and it feels all cluttered and clunky. I know I should try to start writing again, but I get so frustrated. It feels like another thing that EDS has taken away. But like everything else, I think I need to work through it, even if it doesn’t come as easily as it once did. I still have things to say and a story to tell. Especially now that we are experiencing our miracle baby…

    • Monica
      August 16, 2016 at 10:17 am (1 week ago)

      Friend, I miss your writing. Even if you do it privately it helps you know what your really think. When my girls were little I found even a few sentences a day provided a framework for special memories or things God was teaching me. Your story is a beautiful one. I love you.


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