Endurance in Hardship

Have you ever had a moment when God brings something to light in your heart and it just makes you want to vomit out of total conviction? I had one recently when reading from James to “Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials…” (James 1:2). I’d been stuck…

Psalm 46:10

God has been bringing to mind Psalm 46 lately: God is our refuge and strength,    an ever-present help in trouble.2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,3 though its waters roar and foam    and the mountains quake with their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,    the holy place where the…

Spiritual Junk-Food

For those of you who are new here, in my counseling practice, I use nutrition to support mental health. Many of my clients experience relief from symptoms of depression and anxiety just by adjusting the way they eat. God designed our bodies to work on a steady stream of whole foods. Sugar, hydrogenated oils, preservatives…

Thistles & Brambles

In the strange events of 2020, I have been convicted repeatedly of my tendency to complain when my circumstances are less than ideal. When I find my freedoms impinged upon, my attitude tanks. It is a struggle to stay focused on my Savior and the joy before me; it’s easier to complain that I can’t…

How does God treat depression?

As a counselor, I talk with many people struggling with feelings of depression on a regular basis. Oftentimes, these people are Christians and their feelings of depression are amplified by an unnecessary guilt that Christians shouldn’t feel depressed. I believe one day, that will be true. When Jesus returns and we are with Him in…

Beautifully Broken

Have you ever had a day when you’ve felt just completely broken? Like nothing you do is beneficial or good, no one seems to appreciate or enjoy you, and you just make mistakes at every turn? Maybe you’ve felt that way for more than just a day – maybe it’s been a few weeks, months…

Attitude is Everything

I was sitting in a counseling session one day with a married couple. They were arguing, and I was listening, watching how they interacted with each other. I was hearing harsh tones, watching their body language fluctuate between aggressive gestures and then defensive, protective ones. They were both talking, loudly, but no communication was actually…