I guest posted on Crystal Twaddell's Made to Brave blog this week about depression during the holidays. Unfortunately, it is a sad reality that more people are depressed/suicidal/anxious during this time of the year than any other time. As I've said before, depression and anxiety go hand in hand. Anxiety is high energy fear of the … Continue reading The Worst Kept Secret: Depression
Every year, I focus on a different aspect of Christmas. I'll usually hear a song on the radio that sticks out to me and reminds me to be conscious of whatever God is teaching me. Listening to actual Christmas music about the birth of Christ and not about drinking hot cocoa and waiting for Santa … Continue reading My Song for the Season: “Here Comes Heaven”
At the beginning of this year, a lot of my Christian writer friends were posting about their word for the year. While I had never done it before, I decided to pray about what my word would be. My word for 2018 is "declutter," based on Hebrews 12:2. For most of the year, I decluttered … Continue reading What IS the True Meaning of Christmas?
Last week for Thanksgiving, I had the privilege of surprising my husband's grandmother for her 80th birthday. Lenny's entire family on his mom's side was there, except for a few people. It was a great time hanging out with his cousins. However, since his grandmother lives in Florida, I had to take a three-hour plane … Continue reading Rising Above the Fear of Flying
I first saw this phrase over the summer. At first, I thought it was permission to be lazy (for some of you, it might be!), but there is much to be learned from Jesus' nap on the boat (Mark 4:35-41). One day, Jesus took His disciples on a boat at night. After a long day … Continue reading Jesus Took Naps; Be Like Jesus
From the day I started working in 2011, I've had work anxiety at almost all of my jobs. My anxiety would manifest in stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, hot flashes, and irritability. Experiencing work anxiety every day is distracting, so I'm learning in my current job how to overcome it so that I can enjoy the blessing … Continue reading Work Anxiety
While some prefer anxiety medication, I do not. In my opinion, the side effects far outweigh the treatment, and most of the time people end up dependent on medication. If you're on anxiety medication, I do not judge you for it. It's just my personal preference to look for other, less addictive ways to overcome … Continue reading Alternatives to Anxiety Medication
I'm working on my manuscript for my novel again, but thanks to the retreat I attended two weeks ago, I have some more direction. Here are some of the Bible verses that are inspiring me through this process. I will write more about my actual novel on Friday. When I was a kid, my mom would … Continue reading In Our Own Eyes
Each day of this past week brought another exciting event. Monday was GEMS night, a wonderful opportunity to see my sweet girls. Tuesday, I went out to dinner with my summer small group and had our last meeting together. Wednesday, I went to see For KING & COUNTRY again, since they happened to be in … Continue reading Being Present
Without those difficult people in my life, I would have never grown, at least in the ways that I have. I've had people criticize my writing, attack my joy, and call me out for my pride. I can't believe that years later, I'm still thinking of the people that have hurt me, and the ways they have blessed my life.