anxiety

  • When You Face Tough Truth, Let Joy Make You Strong

    “You need to put your armor on. You’re going out there spiritually naked.”   Ouch. Spiritually naked? Me? I had just confided to a ministry veteran that I was battling terrible doubts and anxiety every time I shared my writing online. Tottering out there on my “social media platform,” I had perpetual stage fright magnified […]

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  • everybody stresses out. here’s why I say bring it on.

    Does your “To Do” list look anything like mine? Sandwiched between get groceries and take kids to practice is one little word that’s got me stress-eating mint chocolate chip ice cream and avoiding my desk at all costs: Taxes. I even use a CPA now so it’s not as if I have to go it alone. […]

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  • The Secret to Hanging On When Times Are Uncertain

    Ever feel like you’re barely hanging on? I’ve been in one of those seasons myself, so no surprise, I’ve found myself drawn in my devotional time to two faith-giants who spoke of distressing seasons and obstacles in their paths. And both of them learned the same secret about how to endure trying times.

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  • confessions of the world’s worst barista

    Note to 1995-coffee-house self:  NO MATTER WHAT, ALWAYS PUT THE  CARAFE BACK UNDER THE AUTODRIPPER BEFORE YOU PRESS “ON.” Even if that old crank with the bad hair fusses that her bagel is charring in the toaster, even if your boyfriend is chatting you up for free coffee, DO NOT FORGET THE CARAFE. Of course, […]

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  • It’s Not About the Bread: A 10-minute Devo to Calm Your End-of-School-Year Stress

    Yesterday, my daughter and I hunted like mad for her cellphone, so convinced she left it at school (grrrrrrr) that we overlooked it three times in an obscure backpack pocket (oops).  This morning, she left her breakfast behind while scrambling to get to an early rehearsal, so right now I’m sitting in the school parking […]

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