Breathing through Anxiety

When I was a teacher, the first week of August brought heart pounding anxiety.  I envisioned new initiatives and curriculum, new kids and colleagues, meetings that would entail post-it notes and sharing-out.  My anxiety had a voice -- no matter how many classes you take, or books you read, or years under your belt, your... Continue Reading →

Do it afraid!

Franklin Roosevelt said, "Courage is not the absence of fear." Faith, too, is not the absence of fear. I heard a medical missionary once encourage her audience to "Do it afraid!"   She said if God is calling you to a soup kitchen, a nursery, a classroom, a place of service out of your comfort zone,... Continue Reading →

At the Podium

My palms were sweaty.  I stumbled on words, restarting sentences. I paced the basement floor. Codie, our affable golden retriever, glanced up from her morning nap, clearly annoyed. If this is how nervous I am within the four walls of my house, how on earth am I going to pull off a speech in the... Continue Reading →

A Word About Anxiety

I am a fear-ridden flyer.  I gaze out the window on high alert for birds (and now drones), other planes, dark clouds.  I study the flight attendant's demeanor for signs of pending disaster.  Is there relaxed banter?  When they ask us to find the nearest exit, I'm counting rows and assessing the skill level of... Continue Reading →

It Just so Happened…A God Shout Out

I'm sitting on the edge of the examination table, waiting for the doctor's knock, trying in vain to spread out the paper cover-up now giving way to a generous rip, sweat induced I'm pretty sure. Today I will find out test results. I try to picture Jesus sitting on the adjacent stool, but that visualization... Continue Reading →

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