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Dis/Comfort Zones

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Dis/Comfort Zones   By the time you read this I will be heading northward for six days on a river run on the Salmon River in Idaho. I’m going with my husband who has done this before. We will be led by worthy and experienced boatmen*. We will not have access to wifi or computer …

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Small Acts Matter: Microfitness and Microservice

By Karen Austin

The pandemic has complicated every area of my life, which has increased my levels of anxiety and depression. For months, I have been striving to find ways to recalibrate my life by recognizing my limits, setting priorities, and focusing on one day at a time. Nevertheless, I still find myself all too often under the …

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Sometimes Treading Water Is a Victory

By Karen Austin

I already wrestle with anxiety, and COVID-19 has provided a number of opportunities for my anxiety to spike. My adult children have returned home to ride out the quarantine with me and my husband.  I teach classes at two local universities, which I am now doing online before 8 am since my husband and daughter …

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Don’t Call Me Crazy; Support Me and Accept My Gifts

By Karen Austin

  Over twenty years ago, I attended church in the DC Metro area. There was an older woman who didn’t quite fit in with the young professionals. It was the 1980s, and “yuppies” were the largest demographic of that ward. This sister also didn’t resemble the established older couples either.  Most mature people who attended …

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Anxiety Requires Courage

By Megan Wilcox Goates

I teach university writing to a rotating group of amazing and funny undergraduate students, and every semester I see first-hand the reality of mental health issues that Millenials and Gen Zs currently face. Even if they weren’t vocal about these challenges (which they are—openly discussing on Twitter their therapy, hospitalizations, and medications), these issues are …

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How can I help you? Using Home Centered Church to Boost Emotional Health

By Michelle Lehnardt

, I’d already drafted this post before I noticed the top story pushed to the newsfeed on my phone this morning: One Teenager Killed Himself. Six More Followed. It’s a haunting story from the Wall Street Journal about the epidemic of teen suicides in Utah. I’ll let you read the story and come to your own …

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How a panic attack helped me discover my superpower

By Terresa Wellborn

I’m out and proud. My superpower is napping, but it took a full blown panic attack to discover. It all started a few years ago when I was barreling down the freeway at 80 mph in our family van. Suddenly it hit. A giant wave of uncontrollable panic. Tingling limbs, tunnel vision, pounding heart. I’d …

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The Color of Sunshine

By Lisa Rumsey Harris

I look out my kitchen window at the bleak gray landscape. Rain again. Coming down in sheets. My little girls, Clara and Ella, are outside with umbrellas, playing with the dog. It’s been the rainiest spring I’ve ever endured. Just when I think we’re done with winter, and better weather is on the way, it …

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Fear and the Divine

By Terresa Wellborn

Fear is a thing, people. It slouches, menacing, no respecter of persons, and is worse than any Harry Potter dementor. And no, I don’t mean Trump. Fear of ignorance. Fear of a life unlived. Fear of a country divided. Fear of irreparable damage to the heart. Fear of hospitals. Fear of tardies. Fear of tornadoes. …

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Gut Feeling

By Jessie Christensen

Several weeks ago, I visited my doctor’s office for an ultrasound of my gallbladder. After feeling ill and experiencing bouts of cramping pain for several months, I decided it was time to go see what the problem was. As I explained my various symptoms to the doctor I felt nervous and began to second guess myself. What if there wasn’t something physically wrong with me? After all, my stomach and my brain have a long history of conspiring to make me miserable.

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