"Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest." Joshua 1:9 This scripture comes to Joshua as he begins to lead the Israelite people. Joshua has now been called to succeed the mighty leader Moses,… Continue reading Be Not Afraid
What peace can we hope to find elsewhere…if we have none within us?– Saint Teresa of Avila I love this quote on the website "Transcendental Meditation for Women" and have found that meditation is a great way to reduce anxiety. Meditation helps calm our fight or flight system. This system, which functions within us to… Continue reading How to Reduce Your Anxiety
I published this post back in August, but had some new thoughts on it today so I decided to revisit it. This was a big moment for me in learning about fear and faith and the power both could have in my life. What do you think of faith and fear? Have you experienced both… Continue reading Bad News That Brought Anxiety (Faith over Fear)–Revisited
What's it like when your family comes to visit? Do things go smoothly? What about when your in-laws come? How are things then? How are you left feeling when any friends or guests enter your home? Do any of these situations take a toll on you? For a long time, when anyone visited, it was wonderful and… Continue reading Family Visits and Emotional Upsets
When was the last time you felt embarrassed? Was it recently? What kind of setting was it in? I’ve been thinking lately about embarrassment. Where does that fall in the range of emotions? Is it an emotional offspring? Or is it its own separate category? Maybe it falls under fear . . . or what… Continue reading Embarrassed.
When I learned emotions are messengers that tell us important things we need to do, I was so relieved! This simple but profound understanding could help me work through my emotions to avoid the negative consequences from them, and to finally regain my sense of peace. But how could I ever learn all the meanings… Continue reading Emotional Offspring. Yeah, That’s a Thing.
Have you ever experienced feeling fine before a big gathering, but then afterward, you felt exhausted, overwhelmed, perhaps angry, frustrated, irritated, or even completely depressed? Has that happened to you before? It's happened to me. And afterward, I always vow to myself--I'm never doing that again! But the problem is that I can't not ever be… Continue reading How to Feel Better After Overwhelming Social Gatherings
Have you ever had an important event ruined because you were angered by someone? I have. Were you able to work through that anger? I am remembering the funeral for my grandfather a few months ago and how I observed many things—about how people grieve differently, about how not dealing with current emotions contributes to… Continue reading A Ruined Funeral and How I Fixed It
Have you heard of Active4Youth? It is an amazing running program for elementary aged children. Every year they do a cross country season where hundreds of kids practice, train, and work toward running a half mile (for first graders) or a whole mile (for 2-5th grade). There are two meets, and then an all-city meet… Continue reading My Anxiety for an Award (and why it’s not on my bucket list anymore)
How do I help my kids in their emotions? This has been an epic journey for me. Not epic in a sense of heroic, but epic in the sense of incredibly-long-and-exhausting. Along that journey were sleepless nights, tears of pain, and many, many questions. And more and more, I began to recognize that I really… Continue reading 3 Steps to Helping Children in their Emotions