3 Ways to Live in Your Gospel Identity

Have you ever asked yourself this somewhat cheesy and cliche question: Who am I?  I know it sounds a bit silly. But, humor me for a minute. How would you answer? Maybe with your name, where you were born, what city you live in now, your family, or what you do. Those...

Standing Firm When Stress Piles High

When I was a psychology student at Oklahoma Baptist University, we learned about “life change units” (where diverse life experiences are assigned numerical values in accordance with their stress-generating potential). We discussed the taxing strain that facing too...

Relax, Healthiness Is A Process Not A Checklist

It’s funny how I think and process life differently from my husband. He’s very systematic, linear, and one compartment at a time. On the other hand, I am like a plate of spaghetti… this-and-that with everything twisted and connecting. It sounds...

How To Get a Better Grip On Your Emotions

Many years ago as a young pastor’s wife, I remember asking my mom how I could get a better grip on my emotions. I felt like my heart and thoughts were all over the place, and it was driving me crazy! She walked over to her bookshelf, pulled out a book, flipped it...

Don’t Let Shame Speak To You Like That

Ugh. I messed up again. I’m a terrible ministry wife. One of the most oppressive emotions for me in ministry is shame. It doesn’t take much to feel like I’ve failed miserably…again: I should have stayed 30 more minutes to talk with that person. I shouldn’t have...

3 Healthy Ways To Manage With Your Emotions

Emotional health seems like a lofty dream to me. I’ve felt way UNDER-qualified to have this conversation because my emotions are all over the place. But here’s what I’ve come to  realize: emotions are NOT bad. It’s what I do with them that can get me a...