The problem is that we as a society can’t look up from our phones long enough to see the tears rolling down the cheeks of the lady we passed in the grocery store.
Today is World Mental Health Day-a day to raise awareness for the monsters of mental illness we who suffer battle every single day. It doesn’t make me less than. Or crazy. (Most of the time.) It makes me cleave to God all the more because I desperately need Him to function with the appearance ofContinue reading “Me versus Mental Illness”
Every day I wake up God gives me the same thing He gave me on April 23—life, precious life to be lived for Him. In the living, I will choose to be brave in the midst of fear and go forward even when I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I’m tucked away in my writing nook on this beautiful fall morning. My sinuses are rebelling against the rest of my face causing a throbbing effect, but my heart is full. Well, maybe half-full if I’m going to be honest. And it has been such a long time since my heart has felt anything butContinue reading “Choosing to Heal”
Silence can be deafening. It can fill a whole room, a whole body, a whole heart. It’s a lonely, depressing ache that goes on and on. How I wish for the breath to say something, to find words, to hear my voice. The silence is emptiness and emptiness is deadly, dark and meaningless. Silence, forContinue reading “A Deafening Silence”
“God, I’m in the place again/I’m trying so hard not to fall/But everything keeps coming down with the rain.”–Everyday Sunday I’ve always appreciated melancholy songs. There’s something about the toned down, raw nature of a rock band that grips my heart and makes me pay attention, like KISS’s “Beth” or Five Iron Frenzy’s “Every NewContinue reading “Broken and Not So Broken”
Today was a victory, just like yesterday and the day before and the day before. Today’s accomplishment? I went to Wal-Mart by myself—got myself out the door, drove to the store, and shopped for needed household items (and a couple of extras). I purchased my items, walked to my car (almost got run over inContinue reading “The gift of anxiety”
So I’ve been busy, and I actually mean it! No, not languishing away on my couch the victim of depression or hiding in bed because of anxiety, not even my formerly broken/still healing foot is holding me back…all that much anyway. I’m busy in the Lord, which is so much better than being busy forContinue reading “She Is Beloved”
John Lennon once famously asked his listeners to “imagine there’s no heaven.” The song, “Imagine” has been played millions of times and sung at every “peace” rally since its inception. Imagine there’s no heaven. For years, I sang along blissfully unaware of the lyrics, or I would just skip over the “religion” part. After all,Continue reading “Imagine there’s no heaven.”
Trying to explain my anxiety (or depression) to others is a tall order. Generally, my list of responses include: “Oh, we all get anxious!” (Uh-huh.) “I get nervous about going to the doctor, too.” (Is it a week-long obsession for you?) “Trust in the Lord!” (Who says I’m not?) “I totally understand! One time inContinue reading “Poetic Breathing”