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Home[bound] For the Holidays?

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“Home for the Holidays” is one of the best Christmas songs ever recorded. I don’t know of many other lyrics that bring such a warm and cozy feeling straight to the heart—unless, of course, you’re not going home for the holidays. Ever been there? It was the winter of 1998. I was a fairly new […]

Breathe In Thankfulness. Breathe Out Stress.

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Life gets busy, bills pile up, schedules seem endless, and there are never enough hours in the day. Stress starts to build and the tiny, insignificant things suddenly become substantial and earth-shattering in our thoughts and feelings. When stress increases and life becomes overwhelming we often ask ourselves questions like, “When will this all slow […]

Faith at Home: Calming Children in a Scary World

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Think of a recent dreadful event that made headline news. What was your initial response to it? Did it create a sense of fear and hopelessness in you? Did it make you afraid to continue your normal daily processes—wondering if something bad would happen to you or your family members? Unfortunately, children often experience similar […]

The “It” Factor

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When did you become acquainted with our friend, “It?”  For me, it was sometime during college. It tends to linger in our thoughts for days, months, perhaps years. Long lines of traffic are the perfect time to think about it. Other days, it may sneak up on you during family conversations around the table. Regardless of the setting, […]

Putting Anxiety to Rest: Part 4 – “Coping Methods”

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This is our final segment in this series on anxiety. We’ve looked at it in general terms of defining anxiety in Part 1. In Part 2, we considered how anxiety affects us in the workplace. We then looked at it in terms of relationships in Part 3. And now we’ll consider various coping methods. In […]

Putting Anxiety to Rest: Part 3 “How Anxiety Affects Relationships”

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As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, anxiety is something that many people deal with each day. It not only affects the person suffering from it, but coworkers and those closest to the individual as well. We often think we live in isolation—where our personal issues don’t interfere with the rest of our lives—but […]

Putting Anxiety to Rest: Part 2 “Coping with Anxiety in the Workplace”

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In Part 1 of this series, we learned that true anxiety is something that affects our thoughts and behavior in such a way that we are debilitated in our daily functioning. Normal job stress—meeting deadlines, talking with clients, being prepared, balancing your workload—is considered typical workplace unease. But, if anxiety-related concerns impede on your ability to […]

Putting Anxiety to Rest: Part 1—Anxiety Defined

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What is that all-consuming dreaded “something” for you? You know—the thing that starts your stomach churning and palms sweating at the first thought of it coming up on your agenda? For me, the number one dread of all dreads is flying. I absolutely hate it! So, when I know of a trip coming up when […]

Finding Joy in the Storms of Life

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Dark and stormy nights don’t just happen in fiction novels. Challenges of life seem to creep up on us with surprise just like a mid-summer storm—many times with frightening sounds and overwhelming waves that can paralyze us with fear and hopelessness. The great news is that God is faithful to provide His hand of protection […]

Moving Forward as You Wait—Part 2


In Part 1 of this series, we looked at several life events that cause us distressful waiting periods for something to happen. Each event can either bring a great amount of worry and agitation, or joy in knowing God is working out the timing for our good. In which camp do you most often reside? […]