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How I Finally Overcame Mental Illness

Whoa…overcame? That’s a pretty bold statement in the title, even for me. Mental illness (anxiety, depression, PTSD) has dogged me most of my life, and handicapped me for a good portion of it. But not today. Not for a whole year. And now, I’m going to do my very...

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 3

This week’s post is the last installment of a three-part series on lessons I learned from my stay in a 30-day residential treatment center. This week, I’m especially pumped to share something extremely practical and hands-on. A plan. A tool you can create (or...

Lessons Learned at the Clinic: Part 1

I could hardly believe the words that came spilling out of my mouth: “Can you find me a residential treatment center?  A Christian one?” Within minutes of blurting that out, my husband found me just such a place–one that specializes in mental health issues–and he...

Whatever You’re Facing Now…Joy is Coming

Yesterday, my son got married. We all sat outside on a beautiful autumn day, watching the colored leaves fall like confetti behind him and his bride as they exchanged their vows. Every real-life detail seemed to have emerged from a fairy tale story. It was the kind...

Whatever You're Facing Now…Joy is Coming

7 Steps to Avoid the Downward Spiral

It gets you every time. And you know it's coming: the dreaded downward spiral.  Maybe you got some bad news or experienced a huge disappointment. Or maybe it's something relatively minor that somehow manages to have major impact, like finding out you weren't...

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Creatures of the Light: What Darkness Can Teach Us

Do you like stargazing?  I do--it is one of the things I like best about warm summer nights. A few years back, a friend and I were vacationing in Maine, and we decided one night to take our pillows and blankets and lie out on her deck to watch the stars. We were in...

What Darkness Can Teach Us

Stop, Drop, and Roll

It's the little things that get you. Well, it's kind of the big things too--those situations that push you right over the edge you've been so carefully negotiating for way too long. Before you even know what hit you, you're ready to pull your hair out, throw in the...

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