depression

A Season of Hope {Experiencing a Joy-Filled Christmas in an Imperfect World}

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I'm fighting hard to stay joyful this Christmas. To be perfectly honest, there are a lot of things weighing me down. Our schedule--normally busy even on a slow week--has been packed to the gills with Christmas programs and commitments and events and parties, and while most of it is self-inflicted, it sometimes makes my head [...]

Amazing Grace: My Story {Part 4}

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{Read Part 1: Falling} {Read Part 2: Clouds Lifting} {Read Part 3: Changing Paths} *   *   * Part 4: But For Grace In the fall of 2009, just a few months after Trouble was born, we made the decision to move back to Florida.   It had become clear that my 85-year-old mother-in-law, Marie, [...]

Amazing Grace: My Story {Part 3}

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{Read Part 1: Falling} {Read Part 2: Clouds Lifting} *   *   * Part 3: Changing Paths Three days after Hurricane Charley we boarded up our mangled house and drove to St. Louis so I could begin law school. After a year-and-a-half of single-mindedly focusing on getting myself there, I was so excited to [...]

Amazing Grace: My Story {Part 2}

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{Read Part 1: Falling} *   *   * Part 2: Clouds Lifting The thing about hitting rock bottom is that you don’t actually know you are there until things finally start to get better.  At the time, it was a very scary place to be.  After spending two years living under the dark cloud [...]

Amazing Grace: My Story {Part 1}

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The story I am about to share with you does not come without a lot of thought and prayer.  For quite some time I have felt God pressing on my heart to share my story.  I have, for the most part, resisted.  Oh I've shared a snippet here and there, but never really just laid [...]

Everyone Gets the Same 24 Hours

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I've been feeling a little down on myself lately.   I'd like to think I'm a pretty positive person in general, but every once in a while I will be overcome by feelings of inadequacy.  I start comparing myself to others and nitpicking all of my own flaws and suddenly the list of all the [...]

How to Survive a Rough Patch

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There are those times in life when the stars seem to align in your favor, when everything is flowing smoothly and all the pieces fit together nicely without really much effort at all.  And then there are those other times, where every day feels like a struggle and you feel like you are barely holding [...]