Ever find yourself struggling to know what to do or say when someone you know is struggling? When their crying, or upset, or unusually quiet? Have you ever felt dismissed or unheard in conversations with others? Perhaps you’ve done the same to someone else?...
I have the privilege of being tested by my own words. The things I’m compelled to teach about are often the result of past experiences. Even so, God allows me to be tested in the same areas again. I’m faced with these questions often. Do I mean what I say?...
A friend posted her frustrations on Facebook. I grimaced as replies quickly dismissed her experience. Feelings and thoughts invalidated by cliches and hyper-spirituality. Yes, hyper-spirituality is a thing and it’s costly to Christians who want to live well....
Maybe I’m stating the obvious to some, but I titled this post with words I need to remember often. You don’t have to do it all. When I get an idea, I feel the need to act. When I see a need, I feel compelled to fill it. When I think someone else should do...
I lost it last night. Not my cookies. But it might have seemed like it since a lot of junk came out of me. I guess you could call it losing your emotional cookies. Is that too icky? The truth is like that sometimes. It’s just plain messy when we let God work in...
One of my regular routines as a foster parent included writing up incident reports. We had a lot of incidents, so there was a lot to document. After a while, some of the incidents became so frequent and similar that I was able to group them. Sometimes. Sometimes...
Ever find yourself struggling through life’s challenges? Maybe you’re tired and weary. Maybe fears and doubts threaten your ability to live well as a Christian.
I believe God has more peace, joy, and freedom than many of us come to know. I want this for us.
I also believe God is bigger and better than any of us can ever know. I want us to see more of Him daily.
Here we’ll journey through areas of emotional health, soul care, and spiritual growth in order to cultivate a life-well lived and a soul well-nourished. Not a perfect life, but a life reliant on the One who is perfect.
While it may not be easy, it’s worth it.
**NOTE: I am not a licensed therapist or clinician. Any advice given on this site is strictly my observations and insights based on personal experiences and study. It should in no way take the place of professional assistance.
I cannot express the need to validate another person's emotional experience more. The disconnect we hold to our own emotions keeps us from experiencing others in theirs, AND keeps us from experiencing the beauty of God's emotions.
"To be truly biblical, as well as truly effective, the growth process must include the Body of Christ."~Cloud & Townsend, How People Grow
How often do we say God is all we need, then deny the way God provides for our needs through people?
One way to answer the question, "What can I do?" is to start with you.
"It starts with me."
Consider possible biases, even the one's we're sure we don't have. What about the ones we don't know are there until they surface? Or the ones we don't realize are biased/privileged?
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