Hi, I’m Natalie! Welcome to my blog! Writing-- whether it be in letters, journals, or songs-- has always been a great outlet for me. The older I get, the darker this world seems. Being an incredible fearful and anxious person, the news and social media can often leave me feeling like I am drowning without a lifeboat in sight. But, if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past two years--(as I’ve been on a gruesome journey of coming off antidepressants that I was on for almost a decade)--is that I will only find freedom when I bring my own personal brokenness into the light. It’s really hard to fight in the dark! The more I open up about my own weaknesses, the more the Lord shines through me. Ironic, isn’t it? For some reason there is this stereotype that Christians are supposed “have it all together all the time.” Obviously, we fail at that-- a lot. Which is why I think we are often labeled as hypocrites. But what if we, as the body of Christ, were the MOST humble of people because we realize just how much of a mess we are without the grace of our merciful savior? And because we’ve been given such grace, it should radically transform the way we live. I think that’s when people really begin to see that “light shine” that the Bible talks about.
I hope that through my transparency in this blog-- the good,the bad, and the HIDEOUS-- you will see the pattern of a faithful God who constantly amazes me with His ability to make beauty from ashes. I hope it encourages you and reminds you that you’re not alone in your battles either.