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  • When Being Still Is the Best Option
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    When Being Still Is the Best Option

    “…Be still, and know that I am God…” - Psalm 46:10

    One day several years ago, a day like many others before it, the fervent prayer for one of my young adult children was answered yes, while an equally fervent prayer for my other young adult child was (again) answered no. On the same day, this familiar scripture passage was the day’s devotion.

  • Imperfect Love
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    Imperfect Love

    Everybody knows that there are different types of “love”. Clearly, loving Target (which I do) and loving your newborn child are two very different things! I mean, I would assume… my husband and I don’t have children. But we do have a dog, and spending time with her definitely evokes different emotions than spending time perusing the Target dollar section!

  • When Depression Makes You Question Your Worth
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    When Depression Makes You Question Your Worth

    "You’re worth it!" I’ve heard these words before! Have you? What is 'it'?

    “You’re just trying to cheer me up and magically make me happy! I don’t feel like I’m worth anything. If you were as down and depressed as I am, you wouldn’t feel worth it either!”

  • Stress-Free Holiday Tips for Mental Health
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    Stress-Free Holiday Tips for Mental Health

    As the holiday season goes into full swing, we are aware of what comes with our celebrations: lots of activities, generous dessert tables and endless gatherings. It is, indeed, a time to be surrounded by family and friends. Most of us greet this time of the year with open arms and excitement; we look forward to spending extra time celebrating with those closest to us.

  • Father God
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    Father God

    Father God

    Let me not dissolve into the chaos of the world,

    nor my resolution fade into fear crafted images.

  • Voices in My Head
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    Voices in My Head

    I struggle deeply with not being enough, with body image, and with internal critical words toward myself. I can help others through their similar struggles, sharing all the good that God has for them, but it has always felt indulgent for me to believe the same things for myself.