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Don’t Suffer Alone: My Experience with Counseling for Anxiety

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I’ve grappled with anxiety for about seven years now. The root of this stressful struggle was triggered by traumatic life circumstances. At times it depletes and drains my soul of all strength. I’m beyond grateful that I reached out for help four years ago, saw a licensed counselor, and sought other avenues of healing. I remember the car ride to my first counseling appointment—I was...

Facing the Music: 5 Songs That Helped Me Heal

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I used to hate music. I never listened to it and didn’t like it when people played it around me. It wasn’t until I got older, I realized why. Music evokes and awakens emotions. Strong emotions. Often unpleasant emotions. What I really hated were emotions, not music. Looking back, I understand why. The little girl and young teenager was hurting. She felt she had to keep her emotions in check. She...

Gospel Hope For Our Darkest Nights

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Night is supposed to be a time of rest. However, for those struggling with anxiety, insomnia, or grief, the night may be anything but restful. It can feel dark and endless. At times life itself might feel like an endless night; the narrow road feels too perilous to travel much longer, and our path grows so dim we fear we might fall. You Are Not Alone Dear friends, take heart. This darkness is not...

You’re Not Too Weak—Why Your Brokenness Doesn’t Disqualify You

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Unqualified. Too broken. Not enough. You may describe yourself this way, and the world may describe you this way too. You aren’t smart enough, strong enough, brave enough. Your mind is too broken, your heart is too worn, your body is too weak. The world may use any of these messages to tell you that you’re disqualified, and you might believe them. But what if these very things didn’t disqualify...

You’re Broken, But Never Worthless

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Have you ever felt worthless? Blunt, I know. But it gets to the point. I think everyone has felt this way at one time or another. I know I have. Feeling this way can really get to you. It will hang over every single thing you do, an oppressive cloud sending rain and thunder storming into your life. It saps your energy—and your happiness. It makes life… well, worthless. Let me tell you a story...

Go To War: Battling Fear During COVID-19

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“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 20:1, ESV). The Israelites looked like they were surrounded. To their eyes, they were facing many more horses, chariots, and people than they had. But he who was...

To the Drained College Student—Stop Avoiding Your Emotions

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Six weeks into my first semester of college, I’m hunkered down in my dorm room with plenty of blankets and a lot of emotions. Panic dropped me off at the train station of college life. Now I’ve stepped off the platform to a wasteland of existentialism. Confused, empty, tired. Needy. Those feelings I’ve always wrestled with edge their way back into my mind. I covered them well, the doubts and...

I Go to Counseling for Anxiety and I’m Not Crazy

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I have fought the battle of anxiety almost every day since I was a little girl, and more recently, every night and day of the past two years. I get it. There is often a stigma associated with Christians needing mental help when phrases like “Just pray more” and “Jesus will fix it” is thrown around like candy. Though these statements can be factual, and I believe in God’s redemptive power to heal...

I Didn’t Choose Anxiety, But I Still Choose Jesus

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Cardboard boxes line my wall. They’re full of towels and clothes and shower shoes with cool little holes in the foam for drainage. Yep, if you didn’t guess already… I’m moving. Moving to college in three short weeks. And if I’m honest, I’m scared. I’m terrified of the unknown, which is only intensified by the variables COVID-19 introduced to the college situation. It’s weird enough to move to a...

How to Weather Life’s Storms with the I DARE approach

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A storm is both a wonderful and terrifying thing. There’s nothing as humbling as being surrounded by walls of unrelenting rain and roaring thunder. But with the humbling comes fear too, even if we try to hide it. As a storm rages, our imaginations start a coup d’état in our brains, making reason fall from its throne. The thunder isn’t simply the result of an unstable atmosphere, it’s the sound of...

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →