I shared my story on TV (click on video below). On Tuesday February 24, I was interviewed on The Leon Show to talk about anxiety, panic attacks, and the beautiful journey of finding rest — finding spiritual whitespace — when your soul feels stressed.
Take a moment to brew a cup of coffee and watch this interview with me. I watched it with hubby on the couch, peeking through a living throw wrapped around me for comfort. I never imagined I’d ever be talking about childhood memories that have caused me so much private pain so publicly. But now I know God takes brokenness and transforms those hard places in our stories and makes them beautiful because He calls them His — because we are His beloved. As is.
Click the video below to watch the interview. Please share this broadcast with friends on similar journeys to encourage them.
Thank you for the love and support you’ve given me to release the book Finding Spiritual Whitespace. You’ve given me courage to be bold because you let me know this is a shared journey and I represent all of our stories, who are kindreds on this journey of beautiful rest, soul rest! We’re doing this together with God, sweet kindreds.
I couldn’t have done this without you. I once cried bitterly — Why God, would you allow this to happen to me so publicly as a blogger? I’ve wanted to quit so many times and hide. But, every time I’d dare to share honestly from my heart, you shared your stories — even commenting when I could not reply — cheering me on on Facebook, Instagram — and in your quiet way — by simply reading.
You gave me the dignity of being known. Step by step, as I shared my heart and knew I was safe — those little, seemingly insignificant steps — at times tinged with feelings of shame have become a shared experience of God’s tender loving care. His whispers of love grew stronger and deeper, not erasing my pain, but wrapping it with His understanding and compassion. Through kindreds like you.
Thank you for the gift of your stories. Of you. Your voice has changed my journey. Thank you for recommending my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace. By doing so, you’ve turned this journey a beautiful shared experience in community.
Because after all, we all have a story. And every story matters. Truly. Deeply. Irrevocably. We are God’s beloved. As is.
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I love being here together with you.
I want to thank you Bonnie for sharing your life with us. Although I did not have a traumatic home life growing up, I have desperately been seeking rest for my soul. I have read your book about finding white space numerous times because God speaks different things at different times. The first time I read it I was a puddle of tears because it spoke so specifically to my life as a Mom, a teacher, and a wife, and how to balance it all. God is good and I thank him for giving you the strength and guidance to write this book. God bless you and your family richly!
thanks, Anita for sharing your experience of spiritual whitespace. it touches my heart to know another kindred on this journey. God bless you!
Love you Bonnie. You did a wonderful job and you looked beautiful in your red dress <3 So thankful for your message and your sweet heart and smile.
thank you, Becky.. for sharing this journey together.. love, bonnie
Hi Bonnie. I never thought to equate whitespace with joy. The joyful memories or places we remember and create anew. God is sharing the gospel through your story, so thankful for you.
joy is the gospel.. and it takes faith for us to reach for our pink outfits… thanks for sharing this journey together, Veronica!
I love the interview, Bonnie. I was touched by how we not only need to find rest but also joy. To “find another pink outfit.” You said you felt you didn’t need joy. I sometimes feel I don’t deserve joy. I still struggle with it. I want to not merely survive, but to allow myself to dance with victory in Jesus. Thank you for being so real on your blog and in your book, and now in interviews. For representing all the brokenness within us. Through your vulnerable words, I believe God is step by step healing me more deeply. Hugs!
Bonnie, I loved the interview and your expression in the Lord!!! You are so real and that authentic self pours out in a sweet way!
My hubby suffers from PTSD and it’s really hard to live with at times, but when the word of God floods his heart he is back to himself again!! It’s a work in progress and i am learning how to respond the way God wants me to….Blessings my dear sister in the Lord!
I didn’t know what to say, Bonnie. But I wanted to drop you a note, because you made me cry when you cried. My heart is being more & more vulnerable…because you allowed yours to be vulnerable to people like us. I’m crying with you, crying through the pain, the hurt, the memories….till I reach the center of God’s heart, His heart of love…and His wellspring of joy.
I’m going to find my new pink outfit, my new joy. Can’t wait to see what God unfolds…
I feel proud of you! So glad you had this opportunity to share in such a public way! Blessings, beloved sister.
So blessed by listening to your interview, Bonnie – blessed by your sweet spirit that overflows from a heart of true rest – and thanking God for the miracle He has done in you that is spreading His love to all those around you.
So so powerful. Through it all God was on display, His extravagant kindness and love is displayed in your story and in His whitespace.
God’s radiant glory is visible on your beautiful face, Bonnie, and felt through your sweet, humble spirit. Praise God for his transforming power in your life!