Emotions & Prayer

Yesterday was a really bad day. It might have been a combination of different factors (little sleep, lots of projects), but even the culmination of everything I can think of doesn’t usually hit me so hard. Such is the mystery of anxiety I suppose. Through the gritted teeth and scattered tears, I still prayed. I […]

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Starting

The student who calls me mom came to see me at her wit’s end. She just couldn’t bring herself to do her history project, she said. She didn’t feel like it, she’d already had a stressful day, but it was due soon and she knew she needed to work on it. Might I have any […]

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The Hills and Valleys

Weeks like this week — where everything feels purposeful, managed, encouraging — it’s hard to fathom the dark weeks. Why was last week so hard? Neither phase makes sense in the mindset of the other: depression cannot imagine joy, and purpose cannot imagine such helplessness. But both are very real and very much a part of the hills and valleys of my experience.

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Reminders from Unproductive Days

As I type this, it’s eight minutes to 5PM. It’s a Monday. By now, I’m usually wrapping up my todo list for the day, which has nine objectives currently. We usually take Everest for a walk in about fifteen minutes, to signal the shift from work day to evening relaxation. But all I’ve marked off […]

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How to Love Someone with Anxiety

I am fortunate to be loved by a wide range of personalities, dispositions, and people. Many of which can only relate to feelings of anxiety in the realm of the hypothetical.  I don’t understand ya, but I’m here for you! Because of my own experience with anxiety, I’ve been asked how to minister to someone […]

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