Before I met my husband, I believed that my husband would cure my anxiety. For those who are single and waiting for a man to fix you, read this carefully: Marriage does not fix you. Only God can take your brokenness, redeem you, and make you new. But for those who are married, God can use your husband, however great or however flawed he is, to help in that sanctification process.
When a thought enters my head, it won't leave. But, now that I'm older, I have learned how to drown out the thoughts. It's called distraction.
When I was in college, as part of my major, I had to go on an internship out of the country for at least six weeks. After months of searching and praying, I finally found an internship in Andalucia, Spain, with an organization called Camino Global (which has since then merged with Avant Ministries). It … Continue reading God Gives Us More Than We (Think) We can Handle
We went to a salt cave a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, I was living under a rock, because I thought we were going to a literal cave. But actually, it isn't a cave at all. It's a building that is filled with Himalayan pink salt, which has never been processed. People with allergies, dry … Continue reading The day they locked me in a salt cave
I generally tend to be optimistic. However, in light of my optimism, people tell me that I'm sometimes unrealistic. And when people look at the negative side, they tend to tell me that they're just being realistic. One day, when I was in college, I looked outside and said, "Wow, it's a beautiful day outside. … Continue reading Pessimism is NOT Realistic!
Intimacy with God is made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. We are able to draw near to God when we accept Jesus' sacrifice as truth, because we now have the righteousness of Christ. A couple of weeks ago, I read Tauren Wells' devotional on the YouVersion … Continue reading Intimacy with God
At the beginning of this year, I made a commitment to lose weight that I've gained over the past couple of years. Since starting (and finishing!) the 21-Day Fix from Beachbody, I've been able to not only shed some pounds, but shed some bad habits as well. My anxiety stems from emytophobia and agoraphobia. Although … Continue reading How Exercise Has Helped My Anxiety
Although I have focused on a word each year since I graduated from college, I haven't started documenting my words until last year. My word for 2019 is commit, based on Psalm 37:5 "Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act." I was going to explain to you what the word … Continue reading My Word for 2019
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”