Anxiety
One of Them

One of Them

I am one of them. The intake therapist raised her eyebrows in emphasis as she issued words of caution to me that first day, “Many of these people are struggling with very serious issues,” she said. “You will need to be open and honest in that room.” Reading between...

You’re Invited

You’re Invited

It was supposed to be so beautiful, this story of mine. A fairy tale, really.  It certainly wasn’t supposed to involve an emotional and physical breakdown and a trip to a hospital for anxiety and exhaustion. Certainly not that. And yet, my story is sacred ground.  For...

Help Your Tween Daughter Share Her Anxious Thoughts

Help Your Tween Daughter Share Her Anxious Thoughts

Can you and your daughter relate to this? At age 11, I was terrified my mother had alzheimer’s. I worried constantly that my father would die of a heart attack. And I obsessed about my 5th grade teacher discovering that I misplaced a class library book. Your tween...

Come Out of Hiding

Come Out of Hiding

If you’ve missed parts 1 and 2 of our UNDERCOVER MESS series, you can check them out here: Part 1: Ladies, We’ve Got A Problem Part 2: Abundant Life and Abundant HOPE We’ve talked about the pressure to measure up, and the freedom Jesus wants us to walk in. Those...

Abundant LIFE, Abundant HOPE

Abundant LIFE, Abundant HOPE

Do you ever feel bogged down? Like your hope has been stolen. Your joy is all but dead. And your dreams are all but destroyed? I know that sounds a little dramatic, but many of us have felt those emotions in a very real way. Stolen. Dead. Destroyed. John 10:10 says...

Ladies, We’ve Got A Problem

Ladies, We’ve Got A Problem

  We’re all a mess. But guess what? That’s not actually the problem. That’s just life. The problem is we’re in hiding, covered in makeup and perfectly filtered Instagram posts, showing off our cute mug of coffee with a pile of laundry behind us, as if laundry...

Seeking The Still… Still

Seeking The Still… Still

One minute I put a pizza in the oven, the next I was running toward the stairs. With eyes wild and heart on fire, I felt IT rising.  Panic. Out of nowhere. Wait. Maybe this isn’t panic, maybe it’s the virus that Anna had a few days ago. Let’s see, sudden nausea, hot...

Blackout: Chasing Contentment

Blackout: Chasing Contentment

On the back of my senior t-shirt, I added these words in white vinyl letters. Harmful or Harmless? What do YOU think? My maiden name is Harm, thus the creative play on words. But a darker meaning also lurked there. I swallowed my first taste of alcohol at age 16...