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Do these words describe you?

"Am I joyful, patient, and faithful?" Hmmm. If I'm being honest with myself, those would be checked off on my report card under the "needs improvement" category.

Christian Living · Forgiveness · Knowing God

How do I Achieve Peace AND Be Holy?

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. - Hebrews 12.14, ESV Peace is an elusive, hard-won, state of affairs. One party may feel at peace while another is ramping up efforts to overturn it. World leaders made flowery overtures about how they longed for lasting… Continue reading How do I Achieve Peace AND Be Holy?

Christian Living · Marriage and Family

The Painful Truths About Invisible Childhood Illnesses

Kids with disorders struggle. Instead of being treated like a precious soul, they are viewed as an inconvenient problem. We must learn to be compassionate while also training them up properly---a challenge of Everest-like proportions.

Christian Living · Forgiveness

8 Habits of a Forgiving Heart

How do we heal from those wounds for which no restitution can be made? How do we extend true forgiveness when we don't feel like forgiving? How do we ease that burning in our hearts for justice? Forgiveness is not merely an action, it is an attitude we must develop and nurture until we return to dust.

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“What It’s Like Explaining Depression Meds to Many Christians” by To Save a Life

Hello dear readers! I am in the middle of working on some upcoming blog posts for this week,  but I saw a great post today that ties in beautifully to the past several posts regarding invisible illnesses. I'm including one of the graphics, but you'll have to click the link to see the rest:  … Continue reading “What It’s Like Explaining Depression Meds to Many Christians” by To Save a Life

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Depression: What it is and How to Fight Back

Most people think depression is purely a state of mind. Are they right?

Christian Living · encouragement

Depression: The Big Conundrum

This is part 3 of the series "Invisible Illnesses." To read the previous post, click here. The heavy beat of drums and the wail of electric guitars blared through small white earbuds. Her cold, trembling fingers pressed them deeper into her ears, attempting to drown the screaming and thumping echoing down the hallway. Another uncontrollable tantrum. A tantrum… Continue reading Depression: The Big Conundrum

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Preparing for the Next Circuit

I've been a bit reflective the past few days. Holidays do that to me.   The earth makes one full rotation each day. Rotate implies circular motion. The earth makes one full rotation around the sun each year. Again, a circular motion. We are going in circles. Does that mean we aren't getting anywhere? It's… Continue reading Preparing for the Next Circuit

Christian Living · encouragement

The Number One Myth Surrounding PTSD

During the tumultuous election, I numbed to the cringe-worthy statements from the-candidates-whom-nobody-wanted. Then, out of the blue, Mr. Trump said something in total ignorance---and I was no longer numb: "When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of folks in this room have seen many times over and you're strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can't handle it. They see horror stories, they see events you couldn't see in a movie, nobody would believe it ..." Donald Trump, October 3, 2016

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Invisible but deadly

He cradled his head in his rough, battle-scarred hands, breathing heavily. The accelerated pace of his heart drummed so loudly he could hear nothing else. Sweat beaded on his forehead as blood pounded in his temples. He inhaled deeply, attempting to calm himself. He was thankful to have found this temporary refuge, even if it was a… Continue reading Invisible but deadly