Sometimes I make decisions that are hard to explain. Every time I stand before a potential onramp to “success,” I seem to turn it down. I don’t feel compelled or released by God’s Spirit to take that exit. Which is what it would feel like… an exit ramp out of my life context and situation, … More Success and the Narrow Gate.
I want to orient my life around Jesus Christ. In fact, the older I get, the more aware I become that every minute of every day takes intentional, beautiful effort to remain in him (Jn 15:4). As I am working out a new schedule for this new year, there is one tension that tends to stand out … More A New Year’s Plan to Abide
[This article was written under the theme transforming churches for the Voices blog of the Wesleyan Church: https://www.wesleyan.org/voices-natasha-dongell-guided-deconstruction.] The idea of deconstructing Western Christianity is old news for the people I grew up with in Atlantic Canada. I’ve sought these people out, old friends who have moved and live in various parts of Canada and the … More Guided Deconstruction
Today is my 35th birthday! Yay!!!! and whoa!!!! That is uncomfortably close to 40…! I’m in my LATE 30’s now…! (If you look at it from the standpoint of rounding up!) For the most part, I appreciate getting older, but this birthday is cause for reflection. (To be fair, most things are in my world.) … More Looking back and forward.
Dream with me about the potential of the church! In a time of so much change, where the world is shifting into a new age that is yet to be fully known and realized, let’s dream and imagine what it could look like for the church to be effective and productive as the representation of … More Dreams for the Church
Unknowns tend to cloud my thinking. Like a thick cloud, unknowns hang just above the forefront of my mind, with a heaviness that clouds my mental and discerning capacities. Why is the unknown so weighty, when there is nothing of substance there? It’s lack of knowing becomes the breeding ground for drops of “what-ifs.” They … More Life’s Unknowns.
When reading through portions of the Old Testament Scriptures, I try to imagine being a young girl growing up in the nomadic, Israelite culture of the ancient near east. My entire life is lived in a hot, desert wilderness and my home is a portable tent, kept within the respective clan of my ancestors. As … More My Toolbox: Night Vision
What makes suffering different from pain? Pain can be localized, like a cut finger or broken bone. Its message can simply say, “that’s hot,” “be careful,” or that I need to heal. But suffering seems to take pain to another level. It engages a deeper reality of the soul we otherwise prefer to ignore, that … More My Toolbox: Knowledge of my Enemy
Before my eyelids lift to mark the beginning of a new day, hours are already spent. I lay there aching, every muscle pulsing with discomfort. My heart pressed into the pit of my stomach with that old familiar feeling of nauseating heartbreak. No. I won’t grieve. I won’t let grief take over my life again. … More My Toolbox: Soul-Awareness
I have lived a lot of life in 34 years. Some people see this as tragic, but I know I am privileged. I lived a whole lifetime with my husband Lynn, had my babies, became a widow and single mom, re-married to my amazing husband Brent Dongell, learned the hard work of becoming a healed, … More My Toolbelt: Introduction