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The F Word: Finding Freedom in Forgiveness

Ever since I was little, I had a fascination with butterflies. Their beauty and ability to fly was not only majestic but something I loved to see. However, I rarely had the ability to touch them or see them on the ground. I remember the day my Granny called me to see the wet butterfly which gave me the chance to hold it. It was beautiful and capable, but it was powerless. Looking back it stands to show that even the most powerful and beautiful creatures can't fly and are put in harm's way whenever something is weighing it down. Forgiveness is a lift that gives us the ability to move forward and stronger, but it's also something most of...

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Growing Pains: The Challenge with Change

We Can't Heal in the Same Environment That Got Us Sick Whenever someone gives their life to God, goes to rehab, gets a job, enters the real world, overcomes a trial, or makes a conscious effort to be successful, then their mindset should change. Why? Because there is an immense level of insight that comes forth from experiencing success, loss, depression, or even pain. They act as a mirror to our lives and make evident the importance of self-analysis, change, and growth. Unfortunately, people say “you’ve changed” as if it’s an insult or something we should be ashamed of. As long as we’re aimlessly coasting through life, in a state of confusion, needing approval and following the crowd, we’re great...

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What is Perfection Depression?

Robin Williams, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain: beloved celebrities and talented people who succumbed to their battles with depression in recent years. Though they all gained their popularity, celebrity status, and loving fan base in different ways, the conversations that surrounded their deaths were just the same. How can someone so talented, rich, respected, and living the perfect life do such a thing? Perception is Not Always Reality It's a common misconception that people that have money, status, friends, followers and accolades are happy people. Sadly, the people that appear to have it all, share every aspect of their lives on social media, and make sure to never miss a smiling selfie are the saddest and most lonely of all....

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Built By the Bricks of Brokenness

You're worthless. If people really knew you, they wouldn't like you. You're a failure. Everyone knows you're not good enough. You're too old to go a different path. This storm will never pass. You'll never bounce back. This is the end for you. Just give up.Sound familiar? If you've ever struggled with an inferiority complex, experienced a low point, got lost in turmoil, or struggled with depression, you know the voice of those condemning comments is your own. This isn't a matter of self pity, it's negative self talk accompanied by inner brokenness.Everyone has dealt with bad times but it's a totally different feeling whenever we succumb to brokenness. We will experience a multitude of discomforts on this Earth but...

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Thank God for the Trying Times

Our lives do not always mirror the image of perfection or go the way we wish or envisioned they would have. Life gets distorted and messy, and it seems that we have been riding our storms for way too long while our prayers always go unanswered. We get angry, distraught, or frazzled whenever our lives become hectic, plans get delayed, find ourselves haunted by hindsight, or we seem to hit the bottom. The mental mouse trap of I should have done this, Why did I experience this horrible season, I should have this by now, and why isn't this happening for me begins to wind up. We spend days, months, and sometimes even years riddled with guilt, resentment, shame, anger,...

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