Facing Worry And Anxiety

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The year of 2018 has started off with some incredibly positive and life-affirming moments. But, in the spirit of full disclosure, there’s also been a struggle that has resurfaced for me. Lately, I’ve found myself struggling with the nagging issue of worry.

Amidst many good and joyous things, there’s been this prolonged and consistent battle. So, I’ve been learning, yet again, what it means to confront worry and anxiety in my life.

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Christmas Means God Is With Us

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Honestly, I love Christmas. I love it all–the fanfare, the pageantry, and the traditions our family has developed over the years.

But I also know that this season can be draining and distracting, and there’s a huge possibility that I’ll miss it. So, as we find ourselves in this joyous time of the year, I’m thinking about what it means to slow down and remember what this season is really about.

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On Guns

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We were in Paris when we heard about the Vegas shooting last month. We’d just stopped in at a cafe for a coffee, and I checked Twitter. The hashtag “Vegas shooting” was trending. So I clicked.

What followed was shock, outrage, and heartbreak over the details of the event.

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On Travel

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There’s something about travel that calls to us in the deepest part of our being. It’s the mixture of adventure, new discoveries, and rest that happens in our souls.

Of course, time and money and obligations keep all of us from doing it more. I’ve found that when I can travel, though, it unleashes something in me. It reminds me of the gift of life.

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