We all deal with some sort of issue, some problem, some recurrent sin in our lives. Perhaps it is anxiety. Or addiction. Perhaps family conflict, depression, or a chronic medical issue. No matter the problem, there are many helpful strategies for dealing with it, including individual strategies (perhaps meditating on Scripture) and behavioral strategies (using … Continue reading The Value of Accountability
We often like to think of our life in little silos. What I do in area X should have no impact on area Y! Well, this is simply not how God made us. God created us as intricate, complex creatures - and every part of life has an impact on every other part of life. … Continue reading Physical health impacts our mental health
Do you ever have trouble falling asleep at night because your brain just won’t turn off? I certainly do. God has created us as creatures who need rest. Our bodies will literally shut down if we do not sleep. Our emotions and our mental health will suffer if we work 7 days a week, 15 … Continue reading Rest is a good thing
Have you given something up for Lent? Chocolate, ice cream, coffee, meat – these are popular items for church members to “fast” from during the 40+ days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. Oh wait, let me clarify – I did not give up sugar for Lent. No, in reality, my husband and I are trying … Continue reading I miss sugar.
This can be a short blogpost. Answer: Yes. Okay, okay, let’s go a little bit deeper. There are huge connections between our physical and mental health. Plenty of scientific studies show the connection between sleep and healthy immune functioning, reduced anxiety and depression, and overall feeling better. Beyond the science, I know that sleep impacts our … Continue reading Does sleep really impact my mental health?
How often do you genuinely and repentantly confess your sins? Confession is a huge part of the Christian life, and it is critically important to a healthy life. It impacts our emotions, our mental health, our relationships, our pride, our accurate understanding of ourselves, and our spiritual life with Christ. But confession is hard. I … Continue reading The Need for Confession in our Lives
In Ephesians 5, Paul provides a list of things to avoid in our relationships if we want healthy relationships. He calls on us to show holy character: do not be immoral, impure, or greedy people. He calls on us to show that character with our words: avoiding obscenity, foolish talk, and coarse joking, instead sharing … Continue reading Ending an unhealthy relationship
Core Questions is a monthly dive into different topics that are a core part of our shared human experience. We want to seek and understand who we are in light of God’s revealed truth. This month we are looking at our human need for rest. We’ve looked at the question of why we need rest, … Continue reading Core Questions: How do we rest well?
Core Questions is a monthly dive into different topics that are a core part of our shared human experience. We want to seek and understand who we are in light of God’s revealed truth. This month we are looking at our human need for rest. In the creation story, we see God speaking, creating, and … Continue reading Core Questions: Why do we need rest?
Hurricane Florence is coming to Florence, and the weather predictions tell us to expect torrential winds, rain, floods, and power outages. For many of us, this creates stress, anxiety, worry, and fear – and when you’re stuck inside for days at a time, boredom! Make sure that you and your family are physically safe during … Continue reading Ten Tips for Your Mental Health During a Major Storm