At the end of 2016, my mind took a dangerous turn onto the road of suicidal thoughts. Experts say that if you have developed a plan for how to kill yourself, it's an emergency. I had developed a few plans. I knew that if I didn't get help, my family would be burying me long … Continue reading Seeing a psychiatrist saved my life
I was married at the age of twenty and enjoyed decades of being told I looked too young to be the mother of seven children and the wife of 30+ years. Those days are done, for sure. When I tell people I'm a grandmother, they don't flinch. As hard as that may be to accept, … Continue reading When Looking Young is No Longer a Goal
I have recently benefited from psychiatric treatment for my life-long battle with depression. One of the focus areas of this treatment is identifying the roots of my anger and how it manifests in my life. Recently, I realized how angry I am with God about slavery. I realized this after I came across a bunch of … Continue reading All My Unread Books
You're a mom, NOT a monster. Yet how often do your mistakes become your reasons to feel evil and ugly? This struck me as I was reading Feeling Good, a mood therapy book that exposes destructive thinking habits. While author David Burns uses "monsterizing" to describe how we label others who make us angry, my thoughts … Continue reading Do You Monsterize Yourself?
I just spent the winter hibernating after opening a business and closing it within six months. Ma Spa had fulfilled my dream to host mothers in a lovely space, to teach biblical principles about family, and to promote self-care. Christian Moms want to apply the Bible to family life, and we typically put ourselves last on … Continue reading The Surprising Beauty of Failure
OK Husbands. This one's for you. Before you go out this weekend to buy perfume, a sexy dress, truffles, or a gym membership as a Mother's Day gift, let me clue you in to something every husband needs to remember: there's more to your wife than her body. Yeah, I know. Eve's physical presence was … Continue reading Mother’s Day Gift Idea #5: The Gift of Soul Care