Church, this is our time to look outside of our walls

Church, this is our time to look outside of our walls

During this time of social distancing, the Church is in an incredible position to help the vulnerable and support those struggling in isolation.  Let this shift be more radical than going from physical walls to digital walls.  Let’s open our eyes and hearts to their needs… not just our own. 

10 Ways to Overcome Anxiety

10 Ways to Overcome Anxiety

The walls are closing in. Chest is tightening. Agitation grows. Anyone experiencing a little stress right now?? Nerves, overwhelm or anxiety are developed for a number of reasons, but the main one is stress. Today I write this as I sit quarantined in my home along...

How to support someone struggling with mental health

How to support someone struggling with mental health

With mental health impacting 1 in 5 people it is very likely that you are going to talk to someone who is struggling. You want to help, but have no idea what to say and you surely don’t want to make it worse. 
Here’s good news.  Here are 5 things you can say to support someone struggling.

Remaining in God’s Will the Easy Way

Remaining in God’s Will the Easy Way

Anxiously striving to follow and serve God once felt like I was trying to follow a car in an unfamiliar place. “Please no red lights, please don’t turn left.”
But when I go hiking with my family I never let my children go behind me, they are never chasing to keep up. As parents, we ensured that the kids were safe and remained ahead of us and going in the right direction.
This is how I feel God leads us. He never lets us get behind him. There is no striving to keep up. We don’t need to live in anxiety pursuing Him.

Managing those who suck up all your time on Sunday

Managing those who suck up all your time on Sunday

“Pastor, do you have a minute?”   Famous last words… Both of you know it’s not just one minute. Soon enough, you start working on the body language to indicate that the convo needs to come to a close. After all it’s Sunday and after service is not the time or...

5 Skills for an Effective Counseling Session

5 Skills for an Effective Counseling Session

“I want to see someone else.” “I am requesting a new counsellor.” This was the 6th message firing me as a counsellor in only a few short months. Ugh… What was I doing wrong? I started out my career in the helping profession 15 years ago, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed...

Have you ever felt trapped in your circumstances?

Have you ever felt trapped in your circumstances?

Emotionally and physically exhausted from the work of caring and supporting others, I was feeling hopeless, hard and dried up. I began to doubt that anything would change.  Every door and opportunity I tried to open — in the hopes of refreshing — closed in my face....

I’m Disqualified

I’m Disqualified

“Am I just wasting time?” Me, just a few days ago. Today is Monday. A new week. A new day and I’m curious what God is going to make of it. Last week was brutal though. In just about every area of my life I felt withdrawn and discouraged. Last week was full of chaos,...

The morning my furnace tried to kill me

The morning my furnace tried to kill me

“WAKE UP HON! COME ON!! YOU GOTTA WAKE UP! There’s something wrong and we have to get out.”  I was 6 months pregnant with my first child and I was hoping to enjoy sleeping in a bit on a rainy Sunday morning. But at 7 am my husband shook me away, anxious and worried....

Trigger. Trigger. Trigger.

Trigger. Trigger. Trigger.

“I'm done. Don't talk to me anymore. Go ask your father.” It was a harsh thing to say to an 8-year-old, but I admit it, that's what I said to my daughter. Picture this. Hot afternoon. Standing in a crowd with a lot of noise. All of us hungry. Add to that my kids...