Sometimes in the counseling world, we wind up with an empty appointment slot. Someone cancels an appointment, or it just winds up that the 2:00 time slot never gets filled. I find these moments both wonderful… it’s nice to get a break during a long day… but also very frustrating. It feels frustrating because I … Continue reading Get a lot done, even with a small chunk of time
Whenever we feel anxious or fearful, there are certain thoughts going through our mind that are triggering or sustaining that fear. And often, those thoughts are based in some sort of lie from the world and culture around us. In this series, we’ve looked at the importance of testing our thoughtsto identify truth, reminding ourselves … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 4): Know the true and living God.
Last night, my husband and I spent 3 hours in the emergency room for a cut on his hand. Thankfully, there were no complications, and he’s now healing nicely. But of course, this is not how anyone wants to spend an evening. As we checked out and paid our co-pay to the receptionist, I found myself … Continue reading Are you stretched too thin?
Anxieties, doubts, and fears tend to be triggered by some sort of lie that we have accidentally come to believe. In Part 1 we looked at how to test our thoughts. Then we looked at the value of remembering who we really are. Today, we will look at the second lie that can easily trigger … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 3): Engage in deep and meaningful relationships.
All of our anxieties, doubts, and fears are triggered by some sort of lie. In Part 1, we looked at how to test the thoughts in our heads to see if they are really true. Today, we will dig into one of the common lies that we struggle with and look at what to do … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 2): Know who you really are
Anxiety is a big problem in today’s western culture, especially among adolescents and young adults. Why do we give in to the power of worry? How can we respond to doubts or fears thoughts that plague us over and over again? One big problem is that we begin to believe lies that the world is … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 1): Are your thoughts really true?
If you live in South Carolina and have kids, you probably experienced Spring Break last week. Many folks go to the beach, go camping, or take some other type of vacation during a school break. But what do you do when you need a break, but you can’t take the time off from work or … Continue reading Taking a vacation when you can’t take a vacation
Grief is the experience of loss. It is natural to expect grief when we experience the death of a loved one or the loss of a job. But did you know that grief is also natural in the middle of many joyful circumstances? There is joy when a child goes off to college… but also … Continue reading It’s okay to experience grief in the middle of joyful circumstances
Anxiety is a product of this broken, human world. There are many reasons why people struggle with worry and anxiety, but one core reason is because things are outside of our control. And we very much want them inside of our control! Do you struggle with worry, with anxiety, always wondering “what if” and “what … Continue reading Why am I so anxious all the time?
We all like to feel happy, excited, joyful, and relaxed. But what about the emotions like sadness, anger, fear, or discouragement? These are much harder. Yet God has created us as creatures with a full range of emotions. How do we express and share them well? There is a time and place for every emotion … Continue reading Sharing Your Hard Emotions