Tagged with Joy

Stop it, God

Yesterday my three-year-old came up to me crying because he bumped his head. A few minutes later, he smashed his finger in his toy truck. As I was hugging and consoling him, I sympathized, “You’re just having a really tough time today, aren’t you?” To which he sobbed, “Yeah, God needs to stop doing that … Continue reading

Building Gratitude

So as I’m working on controlling my attitude, one of the ways I’m working on that is to focus on building more gratitude in my heart. I think too much about the things I don’t have, the things that don’t go right, the ways people don’t do what I want them to… It’s so negative. … Continue reading

Control Freak

While thinking about these lessons I’m learning about my immaturity and entitlement, I was reminded of a blog post on letting go that I wrote a while back. Reading over it, I realized God was actually starting to teach me some of these things back then… about 4 years ago! But apparently I’m a slow learner so … Continue reading

My Sunshine

It seems like forever since I’ve written a post. So much has happened this last year, and even though I’ve wanted to start blogging again, deciding where to start felt overwhelming. But then while I was packing, I thumbed through a journal from last year during one of my depressions. I remembered it being a … Continue reading

Burned Hands & Letting Go

God’s been teaching me some hard lessons over the last year. Actually, He’s probably been trying to teach me for a lot longer than that—it’s that I’m just now starting to pay attention…just now starting to learn about letting go. I’ll admit, that sounds boring, doesn’t it? I almost yawned as I typed it. “Letting … Continue reading

Mailman Moments

As some of you know, I now have a step-dog. He’s a 9-year-old Rottweiler who’s actually very sweet, but who guards the backyard as if its his sole purpose in life (maybe it is?). Since we have a short fence in the back that parallels a greenway, there is no shortage of things for him … Continue reading

The Extraordinary Ordinary

The sun is shining today and it’s almost warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt…almost. This makes me a happy girl. I struggle with depression, and there a plenty of bad days. I wish I could control when I get good days, but most of the time, I can’t. So I take the good days … Continue reading

Perfectionism: Good or Bad? (Part 1)

For most of us who have it, perfectionism is probably both a blessing and a curse. The obvious upside is that perfectionism is associated with exceptional performance and achievement. Perfectionists tend to be driven to do whatever it takes to meet the high standards they set. But there are drawbacks to perfectionism too. In a … Continue reading

Some Things are Worth the Risk

There once was a girl who walked along the road, her head lowered and her heart stinging with the pain of how the people in her life—even the best of them—would at times disappoint her, neglect her, and hurt her. And it struck her heavily that to be in relationship is to be hurt. As people go … Continue reading