Nurture

The Only Decorations You Need This Christmas

If Only My House Looked Like That! I clicked the link to visit my neighbor at a recent blog party and felt as if I’d entered an alternate universe. The blogger had thrown up some photos of her house and the decorations she had lovingly arranged for the Christmas season. This gal LOVES Christmas decorations. Each of her nine Christmas trees (yep—you read that correctly) would make Martha Stewart weep with joy (or envy). I did a mental inventory of…

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What Should You do When Disaster Lurks Near?

Disaster Might Lurk Nearer Than You Ever Imagined Three years ago, I never would have imagined that disaster stalked. Sure, I knew Sarah, our youngest daughter, struggled with depression and an eating disorder. But I didn’t know how near disaster lurked. Back then, my knowledge of mental illness could fit within 140 characters. Today, I could write a book. Sure, I’d heard about things like schizophrenia and psychosis. Mania was something that people back in the 60s experienced when the…

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The Familiar Sizzle of Lefse Makes the Holidays Rich

Lefse The familiar soft sizzle of lefse hitting the hot skillet grabs my attention. I stand outside of my parents’ trailer under a shade canopy. The sun’s rays still reach my legs below my knees as I take my turn at the propane stove. My mom forms walnut-sized balls of dough and Sarah learns how to roll the lefse out to an even thickness and correct size. My mouth waters in anticipation. For the first time ever, we prepare our…

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Grace Camp for Grownups

  A Grace-Filled Camp for Grownups! I’d love to introduce you to two ladies who embody my philosophy about physical wholeness. Sara and Becky believe that building a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t focus on losing weight. Losing weight happens when we build a healthy lifestyle. And like me, they believe that spiritual wholeness and freedom in Christ helps us make healthy choices (and feel great along the way). Ask yourself if any of these scenarios sound familiar YOU: • have tried…

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Ignorance is no Excuse

Ignorance is no Excuse I have no excuse. Last week I stood on my soap box and railed against the church at large—especially those churches or congregations that pulpit-shame the mentally ill. I have a darker side to my story. While I don’t have a pulpit from which to shame those struggling with a mental illness, I HAVE used Christianity to shame someone. Even worse, I shamed my own daughter. I have no excuse. Other than I had no idea.…

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I’d Rather the Church Remain Silent

It is Better to be Silent… I read a heart-breaking post on Facebook this evening. A woman attends a church where the pastor—whose qualification consists of a seminary degree—has pulpit-shamed his congregation into abandoning their medications for depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. The woman fears for her friend, who followed the pastor’s counsel and has slipped further into depression. I cannot remain silent any longer. Churches should stay silent on the issue of mental health rather than diminish the…

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Standing in the Need of Prayer

Standing in the Need of Prayer Oh, Lord, I need you. The ragged woman on the street corner with the ‘Please help’ sign, did she park her Mercedes around the corner, wanting to gull the masses instead of working an honest day? Oh, Lord, I need you. The girl on crutches, clumping towards class, again. Has she injured herself for real? Or does she just need attention because of the gaping holes in her life? Oh, Lord, I need you.…

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Start Your Journey to Wholeness Today!

jour•ney—noun, verb: passage from one place to another; to travel over or through. Your Journey Starts Today! I confess, I find it difficult to sort out selfishness from self-care in this busy world where so many things cry out for my attention. One thing I do know. On this journey we call life, we have to take care of ourselves, but learn not to indulge ourselves. If we fail to take care of ourselves, we won’t have the energy or…

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Resources and Ideas for Your Spiritual Journey

re-source • noun: a source of supply or support On your journey to spiritual wholeness, you might find the following resources helpful. Everyone learns differently, so I have tried to include a wide variety of methods and resources. If something doesn’t work for you—give up on the method, not the commitment! I love the idea of Bible art journaling, but after trying it a few times, I decided that it stressed me out. I prefer to just journal in my…

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Finding Balance on Your Journey

bal-ance • noun: stability produced by even distribution of weight on each side of the vertical axis; mental and emotional steadiness A Cautionary Tale about Balance We know a couple who grew up in the church. They attended services faithfully, got baptized, took the purity pledge, enrolled in a Christian college, and seemed to have their spiritual act together before they graduated from high school. When they went away to college, they experimented with everything the church had told them…

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