Hope and Laughter

Category: faith


The Battle of Redemption.

Things were different this round of depression. I was equipped. My gloves were up, ready to battle, but all the routines and practices that had worked before weren’t working this time. As I sat there recounting my story, I was secretly begging for her to impart some words of wisdom that no one else had. More was at stake.

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Five Simple Ways to practically help someone who is grieving.

Last year over eight million people suffered the loss of someone in their immediate family. (http://www.griefspeaks.com/id113.html) Let that sink in, their immediate family. That’s a lot of hurting people. How we can best people not just in their hour of need, but walk them through this next chapter.

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Grief will not be solved in five stages.

There is no formula for grief, and there is no predictability. We must understand that grief will never be fully understood.

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Why grieving matters: How our society embraces celebration but ignores grief.

In world that is moving in a rapid pace we need to slow down. We need to allow ourselves the time to grieve. Not only grieve a loss, but unmet expectations, disappointments, betrayals, etc.,

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Why boundaries and saying no can reduce your anxiety.

All too often we are faced with many wonderful things to say yes to, but at the end of the day, we feel depleted and disappointed. Somehow everything we are doing is great, but it isn’t what the true desire of our heart is. If we’re honest it’s the best thing at the moment. It’s admittedly short-sighted thinking.

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Anxiety: a misplaced desire for heaven.

We walk around as victims of a schedule that we created. Did you get that? We created this schedule so we can control our anxiety around time and our scheduling.  The good news is that we do have control, the bad news is it’s going to require some changes in our day to day life.

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Do you choose comfort over abundance?

Comfort never gets you anywhere, comforts keeps you exactly where you are at. Is that really what we want?  Do we really want to stay exactly where we are at? I think all of us can say that the answer is no. Over the course of my life I have learned that out of the struggle there is so much growth, so much change.

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The Fundamental Five. Faith

He still ended His prayer with Your will be done, and not mine. Wow, right? Even Christ struggled up to the very end submitting to God’s will, praying for any other way for God to carry out His plan. Jesus set the example of what our relationship with God should look like and while we remember the miracles and the time spent with His disciples we seem to forget much of His time was spent alone praying and listening for God’s voice.

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Five daily practices to live well with anxiety and depression.

  Awareness is good, but solutions are what we need. More people are committing suicide every day, and more young adults are on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds than ever before. Awareness is all the buzz, but no real change has…

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In spite of all the awareness why is suicide more prevelant?

Somehow we have lost this, we text, we Facebook message, we Insta message, we watch stories, we scroll the feed and think we know what’s really going on with one another, and yet we couldn’t be more disengaged, more lonely and more isolated than ever before. Real love, the love that Christ shows us

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