Detour: The Real Deal…


This week I am postponing writing about ‘boundaries’…I am struggling, and I think I would like to just be honest with you…this journey to freedom from anxiety and depression is one that is never over… Yesterday, in a Facebook group I am a part of we were challenged… “I believe in you.” We all like notes of encouragement – a few words from someone who believes in us can make our day when the journey gets tough. Today, be that someone – but this time, write a note of encouragement TO YOU.” This was surprisingly difficult to write…I just stared at the screen, and when I began to type it was slow, deliberate, and tears were involved… You guys, I felt like a fraud…trying so hard to work on my ‘dream’ to help others find freedom from anxiety while I am still dealing with it on a regular basis seems really disingenuous and the last thing I want to do is pretend like once you have learned some coping skills, and decided if you could benefit from medication it is all rainbows and unicorns, because it isn’t…and this week I am going to speak more to that… Here is the letter I …Read more

Guest Post by: Dave Hungarter

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“Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?” Matthew 6:26 On March 9th of this year, the most incredible thing happened to me; I became a father. My baby girl was born into this world both healthy and ready to learn, and my wife and I were in for a new adventure. The last 7 months of my life have presented me with many challenges. There have been late nights, bumps and bruises, and very little time to do anything, but work and be a parent. Those 7 months have been the greatest 7 months of my life because I have been able to see the world through the eyes of my girl. Seeing the world through an infant’s eyes is an amazing thing. I get to see the joy our dog, brings her when she sees him playing. I also get to see the safety she feels when her mom holds her tight after bumping her head. Being able to see these things through her eyes has given me a new perspective on life. It has …Read more

Guest Post by: Mark C Ryan

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You are more valuable In Matthew 6:26, Jesus asks a poignant question of us “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” However, within the context of Matthew 6:25-34 it holds a much broader meaning. When we pray and beg and plead and work through our own strength to ensure the necessities of life are provided for us and our families, we have given up on God. The question, “are you not much more valuable than they?” may be thought provoking and poignant, but it is also completely redundant. This isn’t the first time this question was asked. In Job 38:41, God asks Job, “Who prepares for the raven its nourishment when its young cry to God And wander about without food?” God assures us over and over that He cares for us more than He cares for the birds. * Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 * This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. …Read more