Embracing Stress

Stress is a topic near and dear to my heart. 

As many of you know, I lived life off balance for well over a decade. The chronic stress I felt took its toll on my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. 

Today, I am happy to report that these negative ill-effects have dissipated as a result of living life with intention.

This intention includes numerous stress management techniques that help keep me calm, peace-filled, and in balance.

It is these strategies that I’m...

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God is Greater Than Your Stress

The other day I was driving and saw a sign that quite literally made me pull over. The sign read:

 God > i. 

As I pulled my car over and stared at the sign, I felt an overwhelming sense of calm spill over me.

You see, that very same day, I had been letting the world and all of its troubles get to me. The headlines read "Unknown death toll from bridge collapse" and "Teen suicide soaring" and "School shooting leaves 2 critically injured."

What is it about reading the news that can...

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Breathing Through Stress

I had exactly 1.25 hours to get to Target with two kids in tote to do my grocery shopping for the week.

I knew I was "violating" one of my golden rules - avoid running errands when you don't have enough time, especially during the Christmas season.

My inner voice kept reminding me, "This is not a good idea!" I chose not to listen to it. I had decided being efficient was more important than listening to rationale. So, I made my Target run.

This one, small, and innocent decision...

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Peace Follows Giving Thanks and Surrender

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 6-7)

You've heard and seen this verse before, right? It is a popular, go-to verse when life leaves you feeling down right anxious and stressed out.

What I love most about this verse is that God is directly feeding our anxious and weary...

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Saying No to Stress and Yes to Joy

Life is full of stress. The fact of the matter is that stress will always be a part of our lives.

The key to living a thriving life is not to get rid of your stress. It is learning to manage it.

Friend, how you are doing in managing your stress?

You may be thinking that, in your current season of life, stress is doable. Sure, there are days and circumstances that present itself as stressful but for the most part you feel in control of managing this stress.

Or you might fall on the opposite...

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Life is More than Being Stressed, Burden, and Overloaded

This past week I have really started diving deep into Rick Warren’s Daily Devotion.

It is a devotion I have been getting in my inbox every day for quite some time. In the past I would read the devotion, but if truth be told, my mind wouldn’t fully be in the lesson.

You see my mind has a great capacity to wander - really wander! I might be thinking about how to grow my ministry, the tasks ahead of me for the day, or how to resolve the latest childhood phase of life. My mind was...

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