To the Girl with the Mental Illness

“You just need to trust God more. This is something that can be resolved with prayer.” I’ve lost count of the times I have been told this or something along those lines. I’ve been told to be a better Christian, have more faith, change my lifestyle, exercise more, drink more water. And I know you have, too. Being a woman of faith while dealing with a mental illness is beyond frustrating.

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If Your Christmas Season Hasn't Been Very Merry

I’ve heard the Christmas story so many times that it’s started to lose its meaning, kind of like when you repeat a word so many times that it disconnects from its definition. The other day I was reading Luke 2 which is the classic “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” passage. I decided to look back to the end of Luke 1 before the angels announce the birth of Jesus.

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The Forgotten Topics

With the presents and the semester both getting wrapped up, I wandered through my dorm. This semester, a precious group of freshman moved in several doors down from me. In an attempt to avoid homework, I sat down on my hall with this group of girls, trading jokes, moping about tests, and basking in fellowship. Eventually, I asked them, as women, what faith-based lessons they wanted to learn more about?

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Sing to the Tune of Joy

The official one-week countdown to the coziest, cheeriest day of the year begins today! There are just so many things about Christmas that give me these special “vibes,” you know? Like the lights, the cheesy movies, the hot cocoa in mugs, the pajamas, the music, the cookies, and the kind of snow that looks pretty but doesn’t prevent you from trying to get somewhere.

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Searching for Joy in the Holiday Season

The skies outside are endlessly gray again, the clouds are melting into one another in a wide expense of dark color. The weather is cold, dreary, and the days blend together as the sun disappears quickly beyond the horizon. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the mental to-do lists pile within our minds as we run from one thing to the next. Finals loom over us as our days are spent sitting in the library or in low-lit coffee shops, surrounded by people but oblivious to their presence.

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