Hope for the Hurting
I look back on my life’s darkest days, the days I walked in the valley of depression and was convinced I had seen a glimpse of hell; the days I cared for my husband and my mother during their cancer journeys; the days as a teenager after losing my father prematurely to a massive fatal heart attack, and I felt isolated, misunderstood, and unaccepted. [more]read more
Can I let you in on a little secret?
I’m not perfect! And, I already know you aren’t either.
So how about if we both stop trying to live behind the mask and take the pressure off ourselves, and just be real? Wouldn’t that feel better? [more]read more
They say that knowledge is power. But what about when you don’t know what you don’t know?
Unfortunately, lack of knowledge isn’t a viable excuse. Scripture says, “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). [more]
To someone who is going through hardship or heartache, two of the most comforting words anyone can say is “Me too!”
“Me too” welcomes you in to a community. It breathes life back into a sagging soul. It breeds acceptance where feelings of rejection were pronounced. It kicks isolation to the curb. It gives you a hand to hold and a heart to beat with you. [more]read more
Ever since I was a little girl, I felt a call on my life to speak and write. I began writing when I was a young teen sharing stories from my own life in the hope of encouraging others. Yet, as with so many other situations in my life, I began to listen to the lies...read more
OVERJOYED. ECSTATIC. TICKLED PINK. Just a few words to describe how I feel as I am writing this post. Today I have the privilege to introduce you to the beautiful Michelle Bengtson and her BR… [read more]read more
Have you ever gone through a period in your life when things just did seem like normal, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on what was different, what had changed? Have you ever perhaps felt like your life turned upside down but you weren’t quite sure what to do about it or where to turn? Have you ever gone through a difficult time in your life, mentally speaking, and you just weren’t sure how to cope and you longed for someone to walk alongside you and encourage you?
That’s how my friend Trudi felt. Listen as she shares her story. [more]
Have you ever gone through a situation so painful that you thought you might not recover?
Depression hurts in so many different ways, and the pain and emotional turmoil, to a very large degree, can feel like a broken heart. The scriptures attest to this in the Psalms, where we read, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:13, NIV).
“No one understands.”
“I’m all alone.”
“I can’t risk sharing my pain with anyone.”
Have you ever had thoughts like those before? I have. Can I tell you a secret? Those aren’t your thoughts. Those are thoughts whispered to you by an enemy who seeks to steal from you, kill you, and destroy your very being. He is a liar and he hates you. He only wants to hurt you and if he can do it by lying to you and convincing you that you are alone and that no one understands you and your pain, then he will. [more]read more
Life has been extremely stressful lately, throwing punches from every direction. It has seemed that every time I’ve managed to duck and roll, as soon as I turned, another punch came from another turn leaving me physically spent and emotionally weary. When life gets that way, I know that I must choose to rest: both physically and on God. [more]read more
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