• Life,  Missions,  Spiritual Formation,  Stress Management

    Hope

    Still here, friends and readers!  Ever had seasons of life where you are just barely hanging on? That’s where I’ve been living for the last month and a half.  At times our calling, work, character flaws and spiritual attacks create a perfect storm of discouragement and depression.  And it’s just hard.  Even though we know these seasons are temporary (please, let them be temporary, right?!), it often effects our productivity as our energy is focused on maintaining the basic foundations of life.  Hence my absence here on the blog. So I just want to let you know I’m still here and my purpose remains the same: to love, care and…

  • Life,  Spiritual Formation,  Stress Management

    H.A.L.T…What Is It Good For?

    Seems this topic of the connection between our emotional/mental and physical health keeps coming up lately, so why not write about it?   I’m more and more convinced that this is an area we too often overlook.  We don’t need studies to tell us that when we’re tired we feel more irritable, emotional, or forgetful.  You may have heard the acronym H.A.L.T., which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired.  I first learned this acronym working as a family counselor for a drug and alcohol treatment center.  We all knew that if a person was dealing with any of these components it caused them to be more susceptible to a relapse…

  • Stress Management

    Self-care: Tired of hearing about it yet?

      The term “self-care” gets thrown around quite a bit these days.  Depending on the context in which you have heard it you may have positive or negative connotations about self-care.  Missionaries (and anyone in a helping profession for that matter) naturally give of themselves.  Your time, your energy, your heart, your home and sometimes your finances are spent for the good of others.  Unfortunately if you aren’t careful, you wake up one morning finding you have nothing left to give.  This is where self-care comes in.  Actually no, self-care needs to enter the picture long before you have nothing left to give. Let’s start with defining what self-care IS…

  • Stress Management

    When You Can’t Even…

    Real talk, friends.  The last three months have stretched, pushed, poked and prodded me in more ways than I have time to share.   I know you’ve been there.  Maybe you can sense the stress mounting or maybe it snuck up on you but eventually you feel as the Psalmist did:  “my soul is weary with sorrow”.  So what do we do when we just “can’t even” with life? *If you are facing a major life tragedy I would encourage you to reach out for help.  These strategies, while simple, can seem overwhelming in the midst of fresh emotional chaos and complexity.*  Be Realistic Stress and exhaustion are unavoidable.  As long…