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From Burned Out to Beloved

I was given the chance to advance read From Burned Out to Beloved by Bethany Dearborn Hiser. Friends, let me simply say this book was water on my weary soul.


For the longest time, I thought I was defective. There must be something wrong with me! I told myself it was because I was not enough of what was needed, and too much of what “good girls” were not supposed to. I have struggled my whole life feeling out of place in almost every room I am in.

Choose Life, Not Fear and Anxiety

God promises to take our fears, cares, worries and to give us comfort if we are willing to leave them at His feet! It might not change the outcome - but all your worry, anxiety and scheming won’t do that either.

The one in which I realize I have no control…

This is not the blog I intended to write today. But in emailing a friend, I realized this was a moment when I could be vulnerable. My anxiety is rooted in control (of which I have none!). It robs me of a lot of joy. I never trust, never fully settle in, never breathe fully.

The Least Wonderful Time of the Year

For some, coming home for Christmas is not easy or possible. For some, the joy of the season is lost in regret, loss, loneliness, isolation. This is a hard season for a lot of people. People are hurting, feel alone, away from loved ones, in mourning. This is not a time of gifts, togetherness, and unending happiness for all. For some it is a very broken Hallmark moment.

To Keep Going

Let me hide under the covers, pull my shell over my head and not have to deal with all that is coming at me. I (essentially) have ten days to get everything done - to sort, purge, maintain, survive. To see people, do things, enjoy this state, keep my sanity. And today it feels like a losing battle.

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