How to Pray When You’re Feeling Depressed

Five Helpful Words Prayer is hard at the best of times, but it’s hardest during anxious or depressed times. During such seasons, most of us find it…


Telling children about the suicide death of a parent

The night before my husband chose to take his life, I heard Psalm 68:5: “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy…


When it happens in your family

There is a week in September that is dedicated to Suicide Prevention—just one week.  I used to think that it was something that happened to other…


13 Reasons Why Not

Several years ago, Netflix released the suicide-focused, teenage drama 13 Reasons Why.  Several studies came out later documenting a significant…


13 ways to build resilience in your children

As a kid, were you raised to explore, take small risks, and learn from your mistakes (like jumping from a tree might cause a broken arm)? If so, you…


Give yourself a break, Mom and Dad: We’re all just a little bit anxious

“Knock it off! The last thing we want to do is go to the hospital.” It was a simple plea for my kids to stop doing asinine things in the middle of…


When you feel like you’re about to unravel

It started slowly—or at least I thought it did.  So many wonderful things filled my life: three beautiful children, a job I love, a nice house in…


Commanded to Be Still: Facing Unemployment During a Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the face of our nation (and world), many of us sit at home grappling with the realities of the pandemic. At this…


An Open Letter to the Anxious Mom

Dear Anxious Mom, I think we would all agree that “regular life” is stressful.  Between the sports practices and homework and laundry and…