Enjoying Life During Hardships

Last week my husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary! I am so grateful to celebrate this amazing day with this wonderful man! Four years ago, I was told I had a few months to a year to live and was offered no treatment options. Being given such a horrible time frame to live was […]

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Getting Your Kids to Do Chores Without Losing Your Mind

What did you think when you read this title? Guilty? Hopeful? Full of Dread? Anticipation? Help is on the way! I love this verse. The Bible says that everyone works and contributes, unless they are truly unable to. This is also true for our kids and chores. We are not there to serve them. They need to […]

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Breast Cancer Self-Care: Loving Your Hurting Self

  Society likes to talk a lot about self-care: which often translates to a box of chocolates, a bubble bath, and perhaps a glass of wine. I had the privilege of being a guest writer on ImTakingCharge.com last week. I take the idea of breast cancer self-care (and all self-care) to a higher level–beginning with […]

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Keeping Yourself Emotionally Grounded

  Our feelings, thoughts and beliefs are wonderful gifts from God that help us understand ourselves and how we’re doing on the inside. Our emotions can also be confusing, scary and unpredictable. We need practical tools to help us process and learn from our emotions. They help us learn about our emotions and how to […]

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Helping Our Kids Grieve

Our kids need our help to process the grief they feel when they go through losses, disappointments, and tragedies. They don’t know what to do with their powerful feelings. They grieve over lots of things – from small things, like the top of their ice cream cone falling on the ground, moving, losing a friend, […]

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Soothing Yourself When Distressed

We Need Ways to Soothe Ourselves There are so many difficult things in life that happen that cannot be changed. We have a lot of losses to grieve. What helps during these difficult times is taking the time to soothe, calm, and comfort ourselves in ways that help, not harm. We fall into these practices […]

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Negotiating Challenging Times

As I mentioned during my last blog post, I’ve been taking some time off from social media and my blog to go through extensive medical testing. I’ll be honest, it has been challenging. Being poked and prodded over and over again is exhausting, stressful, and sometimes painful. It is all for a great purpose – […]

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Is Self-Compassion Selfish?

I’ve written two books about self-compassion, and have done a lot of interviews, videos and podcasts on the topic. I love getting input about this important topic. One question I’ve been asked a few times is, “Is Self-Compassion Selfish?” When we don’t care for ourselves At first glance, it could look this way. The reality […]

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God Helps Us During Difficult Times

We all go through difficult times. It’s part of being human. Sometimes they can feel like too much to handle. I understand, because I’ve been going through some testing to be considered for a lung transplant. I feel so blessed and honored to be going through this process. It is also difficult and stressful. I’ve […]

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How We Tragically Misunderstand Jesus’ Command to Deny Ourselves

I’m so pleased to welcome Jill E. McCormick to share her wisdom with us today. Jill loves to help women and moms live a grace-filled life in a try-hard world. Welcome Jill! ~   ~   ~   ~   ~ Romeo and Juliet’s love story is a tragedy because of a misunderstanding. Romeo took the fact that Juliet’s […]

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