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10 Steps To Loving Unconditionally

Do you want to love others unconditionally but find it nearly impossible? Are you left frustrated, angry and upset or feeling like a failure every time you attempt this kind of love? If so, maybe your approach to unconditional love could use a little teasing. I want to share with you ten steps that can help you love others unconditionally....

How Does One Trust God In All Circumstances?

When it comes to trusting God, do you say the words that all Christians are supposed to say – “I trust God in all things.” But then you glance down and notice your fingers clenched tight and your knuckles turning white, and you realize you do not rely on anyone, let alone God whom you can’t see. How does one trust God in all circumstances?...

Five Tips To Embrace and Manage Our Worry

I couldn’t quite understand what was happening inside of me as I pulled into the ski resort. It was an unexpected feeling of anxiety that I rarely have. Today was my first day back snow skiing after an injury. I had worked nine hard months of diligently rehabbing my knee to make this day happen, and now I was beginning to question whether it was a good idea. I desperately needed some tips to embrace and manage what was going...

When Holiday Traditions Hurt

Maybe you are a little bit like me, and planning for the holidays and creating lasting traditions is just who you are. You love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt? Maybe circumstances have made the traditions impossible, or someone is missing from the celebrations. Traditions once loved can now feel unbearable to carry on. Back in 2008, my heart ached at every step of...

Can We Skip Christmas?

  Thanksgiving is behind us, and Christmas will be here before we know it. I am already exhausted just thinking about it. Is anyone caught in that place where you are wondering – “Can we please just skip Christmas?” As I sit here organizing my long Christmas to-do list, gifts to buy and people to see, I am wondering how on earth I can add more to my already overtaxed schedule. As I get down to the 99th item, I...

Navigating The Holidays With Mental Illness

The holidays are here! For some, this brings feelings of excitement and anticipation of wonderful gatherings full of joy, family, friendship, and love. I say if that is you – embrace it and enjoy every second of it! What if you have a family member that struggles with mental illness? You may be entering this holiday season with caution. The question burning in your head may be, “Will we find any joy this season?” Then again just maybe you are...