A Mother's Heart - Part 3

This is the third of a four-part entry written by “Anonymous". Read Part 1 and Part 2. Checking Boxes Let’s admit it, we have ALL looked askance at our neighbor and said in our heart of hearts, ‘I’m…


A Mother's Heart - Part 2

This is the second of a four-part entry written by “Anonymous". Read Part 1 here. “Got any tips for being a saint?” When my daughter was little, back when we only had half of the number of children…


A Mother's Heart - Part 1

This is the first of a four-part entry written by “Anonymous". Let me begin selfishly…by talking about me. I am an only child. My parents divorced when I was 7. I lived with my mother throughout my…


A Gift for Himself

It was strange that my friend invited me to his new home today out of all days. Especially after what happened three years ago. That was not a moment I want to remember. A dark and ugly scene of…


What Have I Received from Encourage?

A place to tell our story – When a family member first comes to our Encourage group, he or she is given as much time as needed to tell their story. In my case, I probably spent an hour or more on the…


Encountering "The Living Flame of Love"

By “Monnica” (not her real name), an anonymous EnCourage mother I was in such a fog of anguish that first night after our son told us that he was “gay”, that I couldn’t sleep. All night long I just…


Our Lord Sent Help

When we first sent him to college, Tommy was a very bright, nice young man, although socially behind his peers due to his Asperger’s tendencies. Throughout his time at college, my husband and I would…


We Fall Down and Get Up... Conclusion

Click HERE to read Part 1 of this entry “Who Are You?”   In the early 00’s, my then-lover moved to San Francisco and I wept with sadness and joy. Ultimately all the things I was doing were for him.…


Finding My Spiritual Home

It was the summer of 2019, and I was at my first Courage Conference. I'd never expected to be able to attend a conference, with how far away it is (I live in Scotland) and the cost to attend. But…


A Father's Turmoil

My beloved wife has been encouraging me, an eighty-four-year-old father, to write my story for many years but sharing this about my son is very difficult for me. I feel I have been robbed of the love…