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On Discouragement

I'm feeling a bit distracted this week--I mean, it's not terrible, but it's significant in comparison to last week. I've been thinking on why this might be--and it could be anything really--but I think it's a combination of things, one being that I'm exhausted, as I haven't been able to sleep through the night due to shoulder pain. (For those who don't know, I had shoulder surgery in late July and am still healing.) I also tend to get distracted and off-track when I'm not sure what I want to do. I generally try to stick to a schedule with…

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I Stole a Bra

Yes, I stole a bra, but let me explain. After my friend and I had enjoyed a light lunch at our new local eatery, we decided to spend a few minutes meandering the shops before carpool beckoned. The sun was out, the sky was blue, the shops were open. All was calm as we wandered from shop to shop. Then it happened. “Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!! I’ve stolen a bra!” I screamed. Having just left the first boutique without splashing any cash, I pushed open the door of our next fashion emporium. Time slowed as I noticed the rather ugly bra dangling from my wrist.…

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When You Lose the Will to Live

A story I read in June this year still plays in my mind.  A police officer drove his car into sea at Discovery Bay in St. Ann.  That he attempted suicide is startling but not as shocking as what happened next.  Residents who saw the car being driven into the sea managed to rescue the man before the car was fully submerged and called the police department.  But before the police arrived on the scene, the man rushed back into the sea and has not been seen or heard from since.  What touched me about this story was how determined this man was to…

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From Pride to Love

Have you ever been driving down the road and someone pulls out in front of you?  I’m sure we have all been in that situation.  What’s your immediate reaction?  Do you get angry with the person?  Do you immediately think they are ignorant?  I’m sure we all think that they aren’t paying attention. But what if you are the person who pulls out in front of someone else?  Maybe you were distracted by the kids in the backseat.  Maybe you just weren’t paying attention.  At that point you would want grace from others, right? I’ve been in this situation many times, and it made me…

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Defeating the Cycle of “Stinkin Thinkin” and Learned Emotions

Hi, I am Stephanie, and I am my own worst enemy. I am harsh, demanding, and critical of myself.  I will put myself down and call myself horrible names. My mood changes rapidly, depending on how I think someone thinks about me. I am easily offended.  On any given day, I can rotate between feelings of shame, unworthiness, and loneliness. I care what people think of me.  I care so much what people think of me that I do my best to live up to certain expectations but fall short EVERY TIME. Sweet friends, please tell me I am not alone in this thinking!…

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