From Surviving to Thriving: A Blessing

You have probably heard it said (or uttered it yourself):  The days are long but the years are short!  When in a situation where you feel stretched to nearly breaking, you remember:  This too shall pass.  The reality of the challenges (and exhaustion) we face is:  This will not last forever, but it may beContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: A Blessing”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Appreciation

“Are you so desperate for attention you need to act like this?!” I sputtered in exasperation at my oldest. After three days of doctor visits and scans my younger child had returned home with a casted arm. In the let down from anxiety and vigilance, exhaustion washed over my body. I had nothing left toContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Appreciation”

From Surviving to Thriving: Radical Acceptance (Comfort: Psalm 139:19-21)

“O that you would kill the wicked, O God, and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me— those who speak of you maliciously, and lift themselves up against you for evil!” -Psalm 139:19-21 This is not the life I thought I’d be living. Whether it’s the sleepless nights of new parenthood, the stressful realities ofContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Radical Acceptance (Comfort: Psalm 139:19-21)”

From Surviving to Thriving: Being Myself (Comfort: Psalm 139:13-14)

“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”  -Psalm 139:13-14 Recently, I had to take a trip for work. It involved masks, airports, ubering. Essentially a lotContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Being Myself (Comfort: Psalm 139:13-14)”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of My Work

Studies show that the level of self-compassion we have for ourselves directly correlates to the amount of grace and care we are able to extend to others.  When the demands on our time are intense, whether from emotionally demanding work outside of the home, the efforts of parenting, or the exhaustion that comes from caregiving,Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of My Work”

From Surviving to Thriving: The (Myth of) Balance (Comfort: Psalm 139:9-10)

“If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,   even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”  -Psalm 139:9-10 When it comes to finding balance in life, there are a myriad of common, concrete images: spinning plates, juggling (glass)Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The (Myth of) Balance (Comfort: Psalm 139:9-10)”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Slowing Down

“It’s hard to relax when there’s always more to do!” I moaned to my husband as I toted another load of laundry to the washline, pointing out the weeds that had sprung up in the flowerbed on the east side of the house.  For many of us, there is much work that is never done.Continue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Slowing Down”

From Surviving to Thriving: Battling Anxiety (Comfort: Psalm 139:5-6)

“You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.”  -Psalm 139:5-6 Crawling into bed at night is probably my favorite time of day, but in the summer or on the weekends (whenever I don’t haveContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Battling Anxiety (Comfort: Psalm 139:5-6)”

From Surviving to Thriving: Know Thyself (Comfort: Psalm 139:1-2)

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.”  -Psalm 139:1-2 When my mother-in-law received a terminal diagnosis, my enneagram one self began to make lists. I efficiently packed our family for weekend visits. I carefully scheduledContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: Know Thyself (Comfort: Psalm 139:1-2)”