do you believe everything you think? Just like the heart can sway and dictate our feelings, our thoughts can direct our actions. The words we speak, the people we avoid, and even the psychosomatic reactions of our own bodies. A few years ago, I hung a phrase up in a prominent spot in our home… Continue reading When every thought seems to control you and steals your joy
In February 2010 I delivered my third and final baby via C-section. Four months prior to that, I had seen my husband train, run, and finish his first marathon. It left me inspired and wanting to do a big race myself. I saw him push himself outside his comfort zone, and I wanted to try it too. It left me thinking, "What is the first step to improving my health and accomplishing that goal?"
Research has shown that children of a parent with an anxiety disorder have a 33 percent higher chance of having it themselves. I can despair over the fact that maybe my kids will have to navigate life with the mental health diagnosis, or I can give what I wish I would have received in my teenage years as my own mental illness began to take root.
I’m out for a morning run. Though the sun has been up for at least an hour, it doesn’t feel like it. The clouds are heavy and hang low. There is a slight mist in the air and the everything looks gray. There aren’t even shadows on the ground as there is no sunshine to… Continue reading what sunflowers can teach us
David hunkered down behind a boulder, gasping for breath and trying to slow his heart and mind. Once again, he was pursued. He had done nothing wrong. In fact, he had gone out of his way to go above and beyond to prove to his enemy that he meant no wrong. Yet, King Saul wanted… Continue reading On disappointment and hurt
No one likes an imposter. Someone who says one thing and does another. We value authenticity. Being able to believe that the way a person acts and speaks is who they really are, not just a show. We appreciate being able to trust others in this way. And I would assume others would value this… Continue reading That slippery slope of people-pleasing
In first grade a certain young lady was called 'fat' by another classmate and that word has stuck. Now, several years later, as we are shopping for jeans, she vents her frustration at how hard it is to find something that fits, "this makes me feel fat! Just like what that boy said!" It's 5… Continue reading The #1 way to identify yourself
"For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 NLT The nation of Judah was in a tight spot and they didn’t even… Continue reading The God Who Rejoices in You
I knew it as soon as my eyes opened. It was going to be one of those days. The day felt dark and overwhelming. My legs felt sluggish and my mind slow to start. There wasn’t anything in particular that made me feel this way. Or perhaps it was everything that did. Depression doesn’t always… Continue reading You can make a difference right where you are
“Don’t believe everything you think.” A few years ago, I hung those words in a prominent spot in our home. It has become a reminder for myself, as well as anyone who comes for a visit.I’ve found that sometimes we make ourselves anxious because of the thoughts spiraling around in our minds, but not all of… Continue reading Dwelling on Truth