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27th of April

Encouragement for the Broken and Stigmatized


I stepped out of the shadows and declared—on Facebook—during Holy Week—that I was suffering with clinical depression. I had hit the hard floor of desperation on Wednesday before Maundy Thursday in the midst of a medication change, one of several I’d been through over the past twenty years. So why did I dare post and ask for help?  Because too many don’t.  People are suffering and dying all over the world from depression.  Consider the


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12th of April

What Happens When the Hurting Seek Help


He comes up to me and leans in close to my ear. Will you pray for me? Of course, I say as I look into his eyes starting to well with tears. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a handkerchief, dabs both his eyes, and with trembling voice tells me straight . . . I don’t feel God’s love.   Instinctively, I reach out and wrap my arms around this silver-haired man in


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11th of January

Sacrificial Love and Letting Yourself Be Held By the Very Able Hand of God


Anne asked me.  Said she needed me to come. Her past few phone messages in my voicemail sounded different—not quite desperate but certainly bold in expressing her request. “I need to see you.” Five strong words. Does a new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s do this to a person?  When you’re 69?  Do you suddenly wonder how long you’ll have before your world closes in on you and you even forget those you hold most dear?  Do


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7th of December

To Have and Hold Hope


“How can you sit and listen to people in pain all day long?” People often asked me this question when I worked as a therapist. Truth is, I viewed my job as a privilege to sit face-to-face with people in great inner pain, holding hope for them when they could not hold hope for themselves. Because HOPE is what we all need, isn’t it?  Hope for today?  Hope for the future? Hope is the fuel


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16th of June

Peace on Earth


  Never thought I’d see the day.  Not in my lifetime.  Just heard from a friend that an organization for which she works will never “make it” in a particular community because her organization employs devoted Christians in high positions, though it’s not a Christian organization, though it serves people of all faiths and all persuasions. Seriously? A high level employee of another organization had the audacity to state such an opinion openly, screaming discrimination


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Some Scenes of the Seen
2nd of February

Some Scenes of the Seen


She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.” Genesis 16:13-14   SCENE ONE: It goes like this . . . Years ago I sat on the kitchen floor in front of an empty dishwasher and pressed the button. I turned my back and felt the warmth, the vibration of the motor. I


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What To Do With A Snafu
28th of January

What To Do With A Snafu


I am experiencing a royal snafu involving my doctor’s office, my pharmacy and my insurance company which has kept me from getting the medication dosage I need for four days.  You see, I diagnosed myself years ago and my physician confirmed. I have GAD—Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Medication helps. I also have had a couple major depressive episodes and even in between, I’ve experienced some depressive symptoms, usually the atypical kind. I don’t cry. At least


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When You Feel Like The Edges Of Your Life Are Crumbling And You Need Solid Anchors
21st of October

When You Feel Like The Edges Of Your Life Are Crumbling And You Need Solid Anchors


I stood on the edge of a cliff wondering whether the rock would hold me if I ventured too far to the edge. From my high vantage point, I could see the vast array of autumn colors and the large lake down below—Devil’s Lake. I saw men and women with ropes anchored in rock, thrown from the heights.  These ropes, these anchors in rock would hold them securely as they made their descents and ascents.


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Some Thoughts on Dying When You Feel Like It and the Hope That Stops You
23rd of September

Some Thoughts on Dying When You Feel Like It and the Hope That Stops You


It is late September. The sugar maple is tinged with fire, a burning mix of orange and red and yellow, engulfing the green. Honking Vs of geese fly over the barn. One yellowed leaf curls on the grass. Three Sandhill cranes lift off alfalfa field, warbling their way into the air, a trinity created by the holy. Monarchs en route with the cranes flutter above fields glowing with purple aster and goldenrod. How is it


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Faith, Not Feelings (and sometimes some medication)
9th of May

Faith, Not Feelings (and sometimes some medication)


I’ll be real here.  I was struggling with feelings the past two days.  Ever been there? After a week of pretty much nonstop caring for two injured kids on pain meds and doing all the farm chores they usually do but can’t, I’m tired.  Despite my best efforts to pray, coach myself with scripture, exercise, eat healthy, connect with friends, etc., I still felt lousy. Maybe the one thing I didn’t do to take care


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Baring the Soul
11th of September

Baring the Soul


I have decided to blog only two days per week for a while—Tuesdays and Thursdays—as I will be investing heart and time  in another writing project since returning from Alaska.  If  you haven’t already subscribed to my blog and would like to receive notifications of each new post in your email, simply scroll down to the bottom of any blog post and add your email address.  If on occasion I write more than twice weekly, you will be


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When Depression Hits Hard (All in One Day)
9th of April

When Depression Hits Hard (All in One Day)


Three wonderful women.  Three women struggling to hold on.  Three women who have been through the wringer of life.  Three women—all my friends.  And I sat with all three in one day, separately. One woman’s loss is enormous.  An adult daughter lost to cancer last September after watching her wither away, bit-by-bit for two years.  This same daughter, raped at knife-point as a young girl by a home intruder as my friend and her husband


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