• anxiety,  faith

    Out of Focus

    I didn’t realize I was having a panic attack until I couldn’t breathe. I felt my throat constrict as I tried desperately to remember how to control my inhales and exhales. The only thing that seemed to bring me back was saying the name of Jesus. Anxiety is not something that is easily understood. I think that a lot of times, Christians simplify it by saying that anxiety is just a sign of a lack of faith. Even I was starting to wonder if my belief was strong enough. However, my world-shaking experience that day was not just from a lack of faith. I finally realized that, at the root of…

  • anxiety,  faith

    How Fear Becomes Faith

    I didn’t realize what a hypocrite I can be until I broke down in my room a couple of weeks ago. I was in the midst of making decisions about my education and the fear of the future was absolutely crippling. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t even write. I was crying and crawling into my bed, wishing that I could just quit adulting. Ever felt that way before, lovely reader? I have a feeling I’m not alone. The only problem is that I didn’t feel like I could turn to God.   I write a lot on overcoming anxiety and trusting God, so freaking out and having…

  • beauty,  polyvore

    How to Wear Blush Eyeshadow

    Happy Friday (and Saint Patrick’s Day) lovely readers and followers! I’m back from spring break, and this week has felt long and productive.  Sometimes things can make us feel so busy that we take them for granted. I like how God is reviving my passion for life again. Don’t get me wrong, I consider myself a pretty mellow and optimistic person. But I’ve also been battling stress and anxiety lately. Talk about a killjoy. Did you know that your comments can literally make a difference in my day? I know that I may not write the most riveting or mind blowing posts in the world, but if something I write touches…

  • faith,  inspiration

    God’s Stitches

    Do you ever look around and feel inadequate or unsure of your future? Do you compare yourself to others or question God’s plans for your life? Don’t worry lovely reader, you’re in good company. A few weeks ago these exact feelings were swirling around my brain. I was cleaning out my purse when I found the old crumpled up newsletter from my friend Michelle, who is a school teacher in Senegal. Her words were arrows to my heart, a message from God I wanted to share with you: We each represent one pixel of the greater purpose of God’s plan–which has always been and will always be about His glory and honor…

  • anxiety,  faith

    Laughing When You’re Afraid

    I’ll never forget how terrified I was on my first airplane ride. At take off, as the plane raced down the runway and my mom described what was happening, my whole body tensed and my breath caught. And just like that, we were up in the air. Suddenly I went from being on the verge of hyperventilating to laughing from euphoria. Flying is amazing! This experience was only three months ago, and I have to admit that most of life is a lot like flying. I’ve posted about my struggles with anxiety before, and I know that I’m not alone here.  As I begin the final phase of my college…