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I feel like I need to clap for myself and begin a round of applause. Welcome back Briana to www.journeywithbri.com! It has been an interesting summer for me. I’m doing so well! Thank you everyone who reached out lately and asked me how I’m doing. I’ve really appreciated it.

Long story short, a couple months ago I created a HUGE list of how I wanted to grow this summer and what I wanted to accomplish.

I didn’t get any of it done.

As you can see, I’ve been inconsistent with my blogging this…

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Do You Live In Your Own Strength?

I’ve been pondering, worrying and processing so many things lately that I’ve worn myself out! Have you ever done that? Analyzed too much or overthought something to the point your body is physically exhausted? Apparently, I can be good at it.

I was reading Isaiah 40:28-31 and wanted to share it with you.

“Have you not heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will…

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The War Doesn’t End With Divorce

Sometimes we get to pick our battles.

And sometimes, they pick us.

I’ve describe what a trigger is in a previous post. You can read it here, http://journeywithbri.com/triggered.

I’ve also talked about triggers somewhat fondly in the videos on my Youtube channel. You can watch one of them here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bgn27rHfDE.

But, unless you’ve experienced a trigger, they can be difficult to understand. Being triggered doesn’t feel like a battle because it’s actually a war. In abuse, it’s a power war over of trying to control someone else. Being triggered makes me feel like…well, like that time I sat in a dirty…

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Grief Strikes Without Warning

My dad called me last week and asked, “Bri, it’s been a few days since we talked. In your world that’s an eternity. How’s it going?”

Once my burst of laughter dissipated we took advantage of my drive time and got caught up. Though he was joking, his point is true. I often move through stages and emotions quickly. I’ve learned how to hold on to lessons learned and let go of hurts. And, I’ll seek help when I can’t figure it out on my own. Still, I can only shake my head and laugh because for months, there’s been…

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Water Under The Bridge

I was talking with a friend who shared with me that they were grateful to be where God had them now, but still felt like years were wasted getting there. I nodded in understanding. I’d spent 5 years letting someone continuously abuse me.

I heard the words from inside my heart spill out of my mouth, “It’s like water under the bridge. That’s gone and in the past. Just be where God has you right now.”

Forgiveness can be confusing and frustrating. Yet, learning how to forgive is a complex part of healing.

Forgiving starts with admitting what happened. What actions/words hurt…

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Living With Bruises

Living this healthy lifestyle allows me the freedom to try things I couldn’t before! Like playing volleyball. Can you believe I’ve never done that? I have always struggled to play sports because of my cross eye creating double vision. Seeing two different balls coming at me brings a slight handicap! Lately, I’ve been figuring out how to see and play through it for the first time.

I am not closing my eyes anymore (most of the time) when the ball flies at me. I use to and hoped to catch it or block it with my body. If you are…

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Do You Suspect Someone Is Being Abused?

Suspect someone is being abused? What do you do?

Recently, I had a friend desperately concerned for someone they knew ask me, “Bri, I’m so glad you left him and got out. What can I do to help my friend?”

“I didn’t get out.” I replied softly. My face heated as shame once again washed over me.

“You left him.” My friend replied in the awkward silence.

“No. I came home to an empty apartment and all his stuff was gone.” Silence met me. “I didn’t have the courage to leave.” I continued. “I didn’t know that I had the option to leave….

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Violence In Christian Marriages

Abuse is an issue within the Christian church whether we talk about it or not. Abuse within “Christian” marriages is a reality for many. From my research, statistically 1 in 3 women experience abuse. That is not just outside the church. That is in America. It is likely a low statistic as many cases go unreported daily.

I was in a “Christian” marriage for 5 years. I had the church wedding. Met him at Bible college. I have attended church all my life and grew up in a Christian home. I believe in Jesus Christ and I have labeled myself a Christian…

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What Do You Dream Of For Your Life?

I have dreams that I talk about. I have a few dreams I keep to myself.

You know the ones I’m talking about. The ideas so precious you can’t tell anyone. Why do you keep them a secret?

For me, I’m scared.

Scared if I tell someone I’ll be laughed at because they are big dreams. Scared I’ll be told I can’t accomplish it. I’m scared if I say it out loud then that dream won’t become real, and it’ll never happen. I’m scared I can’t do it and I will look like a fool. I’m scared to give up what I’ve…

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