Reset

Deb Rice introduces us to Christian woman who will share words of encouragement to you as we begin a series entitled “Reset” as we journey through these turbulent times.

I Struggle

I am about to be very transparent because I know there is another woman right now fighting against the same struggle. I battle anxiety…the kind that leaves you sweating, panicked, heart racing, can’t breath, walls closing in, out of control anxiety. I have struggled with this since High School and while some years an months are better than others the battle still reappears and the struggle to control it can wear me down. Over the years God has shown me so much through this and taught me when triggers come, my faith must be firmly rooted, my trust must be …

Be Strong and Courageous

I am writing to myself today but I certainly hope that if you are where I am that it will speak to your heart.  ” Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” … 8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged”.  Deuteronomy 6: 6, 8 Fear is something I have a hard time shaking. Over the years I really have …

Anxiety, Distorted Vision, and the Power of Christ

You may have heard it said that each of us view our world through rose-colored glasses, which means we perceive situations or perhaps events as being better than they actually are. I disagree. I think, most often, our perceptions are distorted by a combination of garbage-splattered lenses and curved reflections similar to those displayed by carnival mirrors. Our vision is tainted by past hurts, pride, fears, sin, and deception, making it hard to see God’s hand and clearly discern His guidance. This spring, as all my vision distorters fight for dominance, I’m combatting them with truth. This is the only …

Look Up!

It was my first time in the radiation room. I was on my back,arms above my head, for the cancer treatment and heard the technician say ” We’re ready to start now. We will be able to see and hear you in case you need us.” She smiled and walked out the door. I heard the heavy door close and all was silent.  It seemed like I was in a vacuum. Not a sound. I was feeling entirely isolated. Soon I heard a whirring sound and we were underway. I started praying for God to give me strength and courage. …

Navigating Your Negative Self-Talk

Navigating Your Negative Self-Talk and Overwhelming Anxiety “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isa. 59: 19 kjv) Fearful thoughts escalated into a full-blown panic attack as I faced a crisis with my mother over a decade ago. As I waited for the doctors to diagnose her medical condition, I began to do some research of my own. And everywhere I turned, the facts were grim. I knew my mother was facing a battle for her life. And my emotional red flags were rippling high overhead. …