Two Daily Appointments

Many of you know that I struggle with anxiety and depression. I am so thankful to have seen great victories in this over the last year. I can only attribute it to the Lord. I am learning to lean on Him through prayer when anxiety rears its head. One thing that has helped me is… Continue reading Two Daily Appointments

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Overcoming Depression Day by Day

I have battled depression for many years. I had my first foray into the crazy world of mixed-up emotions when my oldest child was a newborn. She will be sixteen in a few months, and in that time, depression has been just outside my door. And sometimes right inside the living room. Every day, I… Continue reading Overcoming Depression Day by Day

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Verses I Love: Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8 Well, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! There are so many… Continue reading Verses I Love: Philippians 4:8

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Don’t Get Panicky, Ethel

“Now, don’t get panicky, Ethel!” exclaimed a very panicky Lucy Ricardo to a calm, composed Ethel when she comes into Lucy’s cluttered apartment in a classic episode of I Love Lucy. In “Off to Florida”, Lucy and Ethel are supposed to join Ricky and Fred in the sunshine state, but Lucy loses the train tickets the… Continue reading Don’t Get Panicky, Ethel

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My Hurting Heart

Recently, I have found myself in the midst of stress – and lots of it. We’ve had some vandalism to our personal property, my children have been physically harmed by neighborhood bullies, we have had a midnight visitor show up twice seeking money, as well as some other personal issues with which we are dealing.… Continue reading My Hurting Heart

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Some Tips for Emotional Stability

As a woman, I understand all too well what it feels like to ride the “roller coaster” of human emotions. Up one minute, down the next. I know that true joy is based on Jesus, and happiness is based on happenings. Sometimes, however, I only look at the happenings of life. Needless to say, they… Continue reading Some Tips for Emotional Stability

Christmas · depression

My Holiday Letdown Response System

I love this time of year. I enjoy some cold weather. I enjoy trying to think up great gifts for friends and family – especially Terry! He’s hard to buy for and to surprise! Last year, I shocked him by getting him a bi-pod for his gun. And he thought I didn’t know about guns!… Continue reading My Holiday Letdown Response System