On Swim Lessons, and Surrendering to Love over Fear

Our brains and bodies are wired to protect us against threats. But what about when we perceive threats that aren’t really there? Is there a way that we can shift our thoughts to a more loving place, in order to move forward instead of getting stuck in our fear?  When I was younger, I took…

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Fear-colored glasses

When we see the world with rose-colored glasses, we see it with a positive outlook, maybe even better than how it actually is. Are there other types of lenses that color the way we see the world? Yesterday I realized I’ve been wearing a different kind of lens these past few months– a pair of…

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A Prayer for the Anxious One

Dear Lord, Be close to us, Father. I come to you right now and ask for prayer for my friend… For the one who is paralyzed with a daunting decision. For the one who desperately wants to know the future, but cannot see past the fog of tomorrow. For the one who is crippled by…

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What does God think about OCD?

– I- Chipped Paint You have searched me, Lord, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. This week, I sat on a familiar couch across from the…

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Faith Like a Mustard Seed

“If you had faith even as small as a tiny mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would go far away. Nothing would be impossible.’” [Matthew 17:20]   I pray for a mustard seed for you. For you to know these mountains can be moved. When hopelessness comes in like a…

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Mary, Martha, and Me- From Striving to Rest

  THOSE SISTERS I was reminded this week about the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10, and I pictured myself about halfway between the sisters. I can imagine running to and fro trying to get everything just right, bumping into Martha as we hurry past each other in the kitchen. But I’d also…

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Climbing Through Fog and Walking On Water

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 Imagine someone with control issues trying to plan their way up a mountain, where thick fog is obscuring the way forward. As a controlling…

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From Fear to Peace

Ya’ll. Let me tell you something. About a month ago, I felt a pressing on my heart to share about my journey with fear. And then the funny thing is, the FEAR took over again (as it does, when we let it). Loud thoughts and insecurities paralyzed me. I suddenly became engulfed with fear–how am…

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Weekly Prayers: In my unraveling, rest me

My favorite part of the Bible is the Psalms– the gut-wrenching honesty, the beautiful images, the hope even in the midst of the psalmist’s questions and pain. Recently I was introduced to a Puritan Prayer book, and I was inspired to write out a collection of my prayers for you here on a weekly basis….

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