Anxiety has been something I’ve always struggled with, but it’s increased considerably within the past few years. While I’ve had my triumphs over my anxious heart, I find myself with wide eyes and shaky hands more often than I should. I can’t even count the times I’ve lost myself to fearful tears.
The problem with anxiety is that it sucks the joy out of things. How can I be content when I’m constantly worrying? Anything can get me – driving, work, blogging, or social anxiety. It robs me of my happiness and my ability to enjoy life. It takes away the power of the knowledge that God will always protect me.Read More
This past weekend I headed out to the Volant Potter Fest with my family. The Festival was a really neat idea. All of the shops along Main Street in Volant took on some sort of Harry Potter-themed area. Think Hogwarts Express, Honeydukes, Eeylops Owl Emporium, and more. There was a crazy amount of people – more than the hosts expected, I think.Read More
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“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 ESV)
You need to actively care.
Actively caring comes in all shapes and sizes. It can range from the act of comforting to spending time with each other to plainly using your words to encourage. A couple key points are:
Consolation. When you have a friend who’s hurting or in a bad mood, it can be first nature to give him/her some space or to let them work things out on her own. But think: what would you like in that situation? I know that sometimes I’d like someone to help me work through my emotions. It can be hard to gauge, but the more you know your friend, the easier it will be.
Making the effort. Be the one to initiate conversation or to set up a coffee date (I’m personally awful with this one). Be intentional with what you ask, and pay attention to the answers. Find out your friend’s love language, and then find ways to use it to show him/her you care.
People are meant to be in community with others—so be involved in yours.Read More