Rejoice in the Lord Always

131. Morning Bible study on the docket. We’re studying in David, an unexpected king. 132. People interested in reading my book, Anxious Always. Seven author copies spoken for in a blink! 133. Seeing an eagle fly overhead yesterday when I was en route to an on-boarding meeting for my potential new job. A symbol fromContinue reading “Rejoice in the Lord Always”

The Square Pill

Recently my medications changed. I now take a square pill. Yes, you read that right…a square. I have numerous pills and supplements that are oval or round and some are capsules and some are tablets. But, the newest anti-depressant that I take is square, and it works! Square. I feel square sometimes. I’m not likeContinue reading “The Square Pill”

Hopeless Hearts & Minds

Joshua 2:8-11 Before the spies were down for the night, the woman came up to them on the roof and said, “I know that God has given you the land. We’re all afraid. Everyone in the country feels hopeless. We heard how God dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you left Egypt, and what heContinue reading “Hopeless Hearts & Minds”

Emotions Are Not Facts

I recently read some articles about emotions. Here is what I learned… Emotions are real. There are no right or wrong emotions. There are valid reasons for emotions. Pleasant and painful emotions are part of daily life. Sharing emotions with safe people can be helpful. You are not your emotion; you have emotions. Emotions areContinue reading “Emotions Are Not Facts”

The Cost of Mental Illness

The cost of mental illness? It’s a lot. It’s a lot for the individual, the family, the friends, and others. It’s a cost that is intangible. Image from: Harvard Business Review, AI’s Potential to Diagnose and Treat Mental Illness However, the cost of mental illness is tangible in bills from counselors, psychiatrists, and possibly hospitalContinue reading “The Cost of Mental Illness”

How to Help a Friend with Mental Illness or Save Anyone from Drowning in the Rough Waters of Life

Dear friends, Instead of worrying about the death of a famous woman (or man)… Sit on the curb with a friend who needs to vent or cry it out. Knock on the door or text the friend who hasn’t posted here (on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or their blog) in awhile. Take dinner to a momContinue reading “How to Help a Friend with Mental Illness or Save Anyone from Drowning in the Rough Waters of Life”

My 2016 Bookshelf

My bookshelf isn’t a shelf.  My books lie scattered in two bathrooms, in my purse, or on a coffee table.  I like to read, but I rarely have the chance to settle into a book for more than a few minutes.  As a part time speech therapist and full time wife/mommy I do squeeze inContinue reading “My 2016 Bookshelf”


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