The Best Mind Trick Ever: How to Fight Anxiety with Gratitude

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How to fight anxiety with gratitude, and why it works.  A blast of cold air came in with my son as he stomped in the door. He dumped his backpack and jacket on the floor. When I reminded him where they belonged, he glared at me and snarled a reply. At my rebuke, he began to sob.  It’s not easy to tuck an angry, sobbing child into your arms, but I did so anyway, making him cry all the harder.  I guided him to the couch. We sat together. He cried, and I summoned up all the patience I could muster while also putting mentally putting together my supper meal plan. “What’s going on?” I asked, when the sobs had simmered down a bit.  Still sniffling, he choked out his response.  There had been a fight on the playground, and a friendship had been declared to be over. Just like … Read More

Encouragement and Tools for the COVID-19 quarantine

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Hey friend, I know you’ve been flooded with COVID-19 emails, blog posts, and memes this week. I’m not here to spread any alarm (or toilet paper), but rather, some hope! First, I have a short devotional. Then, some resources to help if you’re suddenly at home with your kids for a couple weeks. In This World You Will Have Trouble… Bad things happen. Death and disease and disaster have touched us all. And yet, in the midst of all this, I’m reminded of this conversation Jesus had with his disciples: (very paraphrased from John 16) Jesus: Things will be bad. Yes, I just told you more than you can bear. But the Spirit will help you. Soon I will leave. Disciples: Wait, what?! Did he just say he will leave? Hey Jesus, we don’t get it. Jesus: Yes, I’m leaving. I’m going back to the Father. Disciples: oooooooh. Now we get it. (raising eyebrows at … Read More

A Tool To Help Kids Process Their Emotions

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I’d like to welcome Kristin Vanderlip today to talk about how to help kids process their emotions. For years, I defined my life by its struggles—and I let them define me. I watched as the color drained right out of my life. My life with Jesus didn’t feel full or abundant. Instead, I felt empty and weary. This was not how it was supposed to be. So I leaned in and dug in and began to open myself up to deep soul work with Jesus, therapists, and mentors. Out of this work came my first journal,  Life Worth Living: A Daily Growth Journal, the pages of which both absorbed and acted as catalyst for growth and transformation. As I learned and grew and wrote in my Life Worth Living journal, my kids (then ages 4 and 7) drew near and grew curious.  What’s that mommy? What are you doing mommy? What are you writing … Read More

How To Help Your Child With Weather Anxiety Feel Secure

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Help your child with weather anxiety move past his fears using this technique. My son and I were picking up party decorations when the lights flickered and thunder cracked overhead. As the checkout clerk swiped our packs of balloons and streamers, she said, “I heard there’s a tornado warning.” His little hand clutched my arm. I glanced down to see a quivering lip and huge grey eyes. Being in a tornado is one of his worst fears, and this woman had just flipped the “on” switch on his panic. I paid for our order while he peppered me with questions. “What if we don’t make it home?” “What if we get stuck here?” “What if our house flies away?” I wasn’t sure how to answer his questions, so we stood in front of the doors, watching the wind carry garbage across the parking lot and rain pound into our vehicle. WHY … Read More

Turn Your Worries Into Worship With These 2 Incredible Playlists

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Use these two playlists to help you turn your worries into worship, and your fears into prayers. The evening dragged on and a familiar feeling made itself at home in the pit of my stomach. My fiancee had left hours ago, and he hadn’t yet checked in at his destination. Wind whipped up the snowflakes that tumbled from the sky, and images of his car in a snow-filled ditch whipped around in my mind.  Kneeling on the pink carpet in my childhood bedroom, I cried out to God, pleading for a phone call to let me know he was safe. As my worries turned into prayers , God gave me something better than a phone call – he gave me peace. Somehow, I knew that God would care for both of us no matter what happened that night.  What happened there? Prayer doesn’t always lead to peace, because God is … Read More

12 Scriptures For Anxiety And Depression (with printable)

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Use these 12 Scriptures for anxiety and depression to grow in Godly courage against your worries and fears. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NIV That’s quite a graphic image, isn’t it? I’m not a big fan of roaring lions prowling around me and my family, looking for someone to devour. But let’s not forget the rest of this passage… “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:9 NIV The truth is that there are lies and enemies lurking at the edges of our lives, looking for the way in. We often let in those lies by accident, not recognizing them as un-true until we have been devoured by anxiety and depression. The best way to resist and … Read More

5 Sanity-Saving Christian Picture Books For An Anxious Child

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Use these Christian picture books to help your child with anxiety feel secure. Type the phrase “is childhood anxiety on the rise?” into any search engine, and you probably won’t receive a single “no”. Instead, the headlines look like this: The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders The Rising Epidemic of Anxiety in Children and Teens Childhood Anxiety Steadily On the Rise Since the 1950s Mental disorders. Epidemic.Steadily on the rise. It all sounds very serious, and the sad part is that it’s true. Childhood anxiety IS on the rise. There are many factors, from lack of play and sleep to increased school stress and time spent online. One book I read said that children are actually more intelligent in each generation, and intelligent people can easily tend toward anxiety. There are no simple reasons for childhood anxiety, and as parents, this can make us feel helpless. I … Read More

 8 Prayers to Help a Child With Anxiety

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8 prayers to help a child with anxiety, based on the Bible. My cell phone chimed just as I sat down to drink my coffee. It was the school.   As soon as I picked up, my son’s complaint came through: “Mommy, I’m sick.” The scent of coffee teased me as I closed my eyes and sighed. “What kind of sick?” “My tummy hurts.” The school receptionist came on the line. “Yeah,” she apologized, “there’s something going around. Lots of the kids have been hit with this one.” I nodded, set the warm mug on the desk, and went to get my jacket. So much for my work morning. It was too early to tell, but I wondered if his stomachache had more to do with his thoughts than with germs.  HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANXIETY Sure enough, he perked up soon after I picked him up. Occasionally … Read More

How To Help Kids With Anxiety

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How to help kids with anxiety, from a Christian faith perspective. When your child encounters things that make her afraid, what can you tell her? You could tell her that “everything’s going to be all right”, but is that exactly the truth? I know from personal experience that sometimes horrible things happen, and our kids need more than platitudes to hold onto when life gets rough.  Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out what to say (and what not to say)! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe on Youtube or Like my Facebook page so you’ll get notifications when new videos are up! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. My son and I were in a store when the storm clouds rolled in. The woman at the checkout said, “I heard there’s a tornado warning.” My son’s … Read More

How to help kids deal with anxiety, through faith

How to help kids deal with anxiety through faith

Do you have any kids that deal with anxiety? I do. It’s hard to watch your child struggle. Let’s talk about how to help our kids deal with anxiety through faith, and direct them toward peace. One of my boys has struggled with anxiety for several years. It’s hard for him to work in groups, it’s hard for him to go to school, and it’s especially hard for him to try new things. Watch the video (or read the transcript below) to find out how I’ve been helping him! If you enjoyed this video, make sure you subscribe! Each one contains short, sweet, hope-filled ideas for spiritually parenting our kids. Make sure you hit “Subscribe” on YouTube or Like my Facebook page so you always know when a new episode comes out. Since he was born, I have been praying a blessing over him each night. When he started struggling with … Read More