My life was falling apart. Suspected causes of my nerve pain and intense bladder urgency and pain included multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, interstitial cystitis, lupus, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome--no doctor could quite figure it out.
I was always in pain. My whole body hurt. I had tingling, burning sensations covering my body......Read More
Have you ever been angry at God for letting you go through a difficult trial? Maybe you are dealing with illness, loss, or pain in any other form. It seems unfair and confusing sometimes for people that a good God would allow such pain in the world. I used to think I understood why, and I was confident that my faith was strong enough to endure painful trials whenever they should come. Then, I came into a period of suffering in my life that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, and suddenly doubts, fear, and intense anger towards God began swirling through my mind.Read More
As promised, I’m beginning a series of posts on how social media impacts our mental state and has the potential to increase mental illness. If you want to start at the beginning and see what led me to start this research and discussion, pause for a moment and read Social Media Addiction: When God Commands You to Fast and Rest.
I’ve gone around and around on where to start with this discussion—do I start with the research on how social media impacts our brain, or do I start with the studies that show there is a correlation between mental health struggles and social media habits? Do I present the information like a full-fledged research paper, or do I just give you the basics of the information I found?
After a great deal of thought on where we are headed, I’ve decided we’ll begin with a basic discussion on mental health trends and social media use. Next week we’ll cover the basics of how it actually impacts our brain. In these posts, we will only scratch the surface of research, but I invite you to dig deeper if you are interested. What you will find may alarm you, convict you, and challenge you just like it did me.Read More
Hi, I’m Sydney, and I have a social media addiction. This addiction has subtly worsened my struggle with pride, it’s robbed me of precious family-time, and it’s caused emotional trauma that I wasn’t even aware of while it was happening. It’s an addiction that I believe many have but often goes unrecognized as such, and as a result, I think Satan easily uses it as a sneaky tool to manipulate, distract, and poison.Read More
FREEDOM. I’ve tasted it. And it is GOOD. Let me tell you about it; maybe you can taste freedom from your anxiety too!Read More
He looked back at me and my husband before he proceeded to run towards the playground. Every few minutes we would see him looking our direction smiling, checking to see if we were still there, excited to know that we were watching him play. Part of the time he seemed nervous, like he was waiting for us to nod our approval and assure him of his safety before he continued on. Part of the time he seemed to be longing for attention or excitedly showing us how he could go down the slide alone. And, as I stood there patting myself on the back for how I have raised a securely attached son (anyone ever taken a childhood psychology class?!), I started to ask myself if I had a “secure attachment” with my Heavenly Father....Read More