Decluttering Frees Us Up to Live Purposefully

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Several years ago I flew, by myself, with my then 2-year-old daughter and 6-month old-son. After checking my baggage, I still had a diaper bag, a small purse, a stroller for my 2-year-old, a sling for carrying my 5-month-old, a car seat, which was required on the plane for my 2-year-old, and a large assortment […]

31 Days to Peace :: Day 31 – This Is Not The End

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When I started this series, I had grand plans for it. A part of me is sad that I didn’t do more, but another, bigger, part of me is thrilled that I made it thru the month. I remember day 3, worried that I had nothing more to say on the topic, and choking at […]

31 Days to Peace :: Day 30 – Find Your Heart Verse

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This autumn has been a doozy. I’m not sure why it’s been different from any other autumn. But it has, and it’s hard, because autumn and winter are my favorite seasons, with their bright colors, frigid temperatures that make me feel alive, and the hope of spring. At least they used to be… this one […]

31 Days to Peace :: Day 29 – Finding My Peace

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Yesterday, I had to spend 5 hours at the courthouse to get my tags renewed, and my name (finally) changed on my license. It was a day full of stresses; many that I could have avoided: – There is online renewal in Alabama, but due to my name change and insurance changes, I was unable […]

31 Days to Peace :: Day 28 – Faith

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This has been a week. Yes – a week. And it’s only Monday… But I know it will get better: Monday leads to Friday. This is the 28th post in a 31 Day Series: 31 Days to Peace: Finding inner peace for anxiety and panic attacks. Start from the beginning here.

31 Days to Peace :: Day 27 – Catching My Breath

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I think “Catching My Breath” would be a great title for a real post in this series, but it also works well for what I’ve been doing all weekend: I’ve napped, been lazy, and loved on my family. Caught my breath. I needed it, and I still need it. It’s been a whirlwind month, and […]

31 Days to Peace :: Day 26 – Worry Empties You

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I feel like a broken record… but it’s worth repeating. Because when you are in the midst of worry, you need to hear it again and again. Worry robs you. It’s a dirty thief. It takes your today… your tomorrow… and drains it. It takes your joy. It takes your smile. It takes your attention. […]

31 Days to Peace :: Day 25 – Essential Oils for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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I went on a low-dose antidepressant in 2003, after being diagnosed with a depressive disorder. After 6 years, with my doctor’s approval and supervision, I began to wean off of it. Because my dose had gotten so low, and I had learned how to better manage my panic attacks, I was wanting to start looking […]

31 Days to Peace :: Day 24 – Worry is a Dirty Thief

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I’ve worried over a lot of things over the years. Lost sleep. Stayed up through the night hashing things over and over, ad nauseum. Most of it never came to be. I’m not a betting person, but if I were, I’d be willing to bet that less than 95% of the things I’ve ever worried […]

31 Days to Peace :: Day 23 – Worry is Not the Same As Concern

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I can’t count the number of moments… hours… days, that I have lost worrying. Fearing. Anxious. It is negative, and it does no good. The Bible tells us so. We all know better, yet it’s where so many of us often find ourselves. There is a difference between a worry and a concern. Worry focuses […]