Hope for Anxiety and Depression

Hope for Anxiety and Depression

I am joining up with some awesome people today on Instagram spreading awareness and hope for mental health problems in the church. You can click on #thereishoperightnow to see the campaign, or get more information on my account @whitneygothra. My pastor’s wife recently spoke on this topic, and I asked her if I could share her notes with you all today. Faythe Gill is an amazing, authentic, powerful woman of God, and I would know because she is my mom! She has been in the ministry all of her...

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Heart Stakes

Heart Stakes

My heart is bent toward worry.  I would say my mind, but my worry knows no logic.  It’s impressive, really.  My mind can remember all the statistics and likelihoods of something happening, but my heart will shout WHO CARES?! and go about its merry way worrying. You know what helps that?  Children.  If by “helps” you mean expands and expounds and rewards a black belt in worry.  Did you know that dry drowning is a thing?  Did you know that if their car seat...

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Held

Held

My fifteen-month-old daughter is not a cuddler.  She would prefer not to be touched or bothered, thank you very much.  If she is held at all, she prefers to be held facing out, taking in as much of the world as she can.  She wants complete independence and does a VERY good job of asserting her demands.  We joke that she could be a quarterback - or whatever guy it is that sticks his arm out and can block even the biggest attacker.  She swings her tiny little arm with...

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A Prayer for my Preschooler … and her Mama

A Prayer for my Preschooler … and her Mama

My baby starts school next week, and I’m overflowing with all the emotions.  Proud of the ways she is growing up.  Excited for this new adventure for her.  Eager to see her personality continue to form as she’s exposed to so many new things.  Worried her sensitive heart might not be handled with care.  Guilt that I haven’t been a good enough, present enough, fill-in-the-blank enough mom.  Concerned about all the things she can and will be exposed to. I know this...

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