Overcoming Anxiety: Some Lessons Learned

Last week, I had a fierce battle with anxiety. Happy to say, I emerged victorious! Eventually. I knew from the start that I shouldn’t feel anxious, that it wasn’t helpful or productive. But even as I told myself not to worry, my stomach tied up tighter in knots. The thing is, telling yourself not to do […]

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The Hardest Thing in the World

The hardest thing in the world is choosing to forgive. Choosing to let go of offense. Feeling betrayed and hurt by people and then choosing to get back up and keep loving on people. Sometimes I want to give up. I want to give up on relationships. I feel that way every once in a […]

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Real Life: Trying to Handle It on My Own

Life is hard. I think it’s healthy to expect it to be. Lately, it’s been rather hard for me. But instead of talking about why it’s been hard or the strategies I’ve been brainstorming on how to make everything better, I’d just like to share one simple observation: Life is much harder when I try […]

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Teacher Life: Taking My Place of Authority

I have never exerted so much authority in my life. Obedience and submission have always come more naturally to me than taking charge. I am good at going with the flow, I’m okay at questioning the flow, but starting the flow? Not so much. When I started teaching kindergarten 2 months ago, being the authority felt very unnatural. I […]

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The Key to Forgiveness: Being Made Unoffendable

At my church retreat this past weekend there was a lot of talk about dying to yourself. “Just die!” was a favorite mantra of one of the speakers. Sometimes I focus so much on the new life I have, on the promises of God, that I forget that those things were bought at a price––they […]

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