1. “You Say” by Lauren Daigle

    This song is one that I find to be very powerful.  She is a Christian artist. I was surprised when I heard this song being played on a secular radio station.  As I listen to this song I think about how much it not only applies to my life but how much it could apply to everyone’s life in one way or another.  So, let’s dive into the lyrics together and break it down. I hope this song can help…Read More

  2. Will Depression Ever Go Away?

    Short answer: Yes! Long answer: eventually!   When you are struggling with depression you can’t see this proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel.”  That light just doesn’t exist. It’s easy to begin to believe that this state of depression will never lift.  But guess what? It will!!   This season of depression that you are in may last a few weeks, a few months or even a few…Read More

  3. Silent Depression

    A lot of individuals struggle with this thing I like to call silent depression.  Sometimes you can look at someone and just know that they are depressed. Other times, you can look at someone and think to yourself, “Wow! They have it all together! Their life must be awesome!”  Little did you know that the person who looks happy is actually struggling with this thing called “silent depressio…Read More

  4. Lonely on Valentine’s Day

    Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Couples everywhere this day is celebrated have hired babysitters, dressed up and went out to eat, and then, at home or in a hotel or resort, made passionate love. But not you. Single, widowed, divorced, a recent break-up – for whatever the reason, you were alone. There is another loneliness, that of a disconnected marriage, one where you go through al…Read More

  5. The Holidays:Part Six – What to do After the Holidays

    It is not uncommon for people to get depressed after the holidays.  Sometimes we are on a rush from the holiday season, and when it is over in a blink of an eye we can become depressed.   Sometimes the holidays can bring on a lot of hurt, maybe your family or friends said or did something hurtful, and maybe the holidays bring up sadness for you.  Either way, it is okay to have a difficult …Read More

  6. The Joys of Summer

    Some people LOVE summer and some people HATE it. I’m in the LOVE category. Summer opens up opportunities that winter does not. Summer has been known to be a mood booster. The sun shines and it stays light later. I love when I drive home from work at 8:00pm and the sun is still shining. It is these little parts of summer that I find joy in. Where do you find joy? Maybe you’re having trouble fin…Read More

  7. Of Barrenness and Burning: When Life Seems Bleak

    As far as the forest is concerned, the season has switched from fall to winter.  The branches are bare, and the forest floor is evidence of a year gone by.  The other day, as I arrived at the trail I like to run on (first time since fall was in full foliage), I was surprised to see a dozen firefighters spread out in the woods.  Surrounding these yellow uniformed warriors, like little monsters u…Read More

  8. Mental Health and Running

    It’s a chilly Oregon spring day, and an 11-year-old boy is about run his first competitive race, in all his 6th grade glory; the 800-meter-dash. The short shorts and tank-top barely cover his slight frame which is subsequently covered in goose-bumps caused by chill and nerves. Through the crackly bull-horn comes, “Runners take your mark…” BANG! As his blonde mop bounces on his head, what h…Read More

  9. Shame, Part 3

    As we continue on in this series on shame it is important to know that shame and guilt are two different things.  Sometimes they overlap and we can get them confused.   But here is the difference, Guilt: “I did something bad.” Shame: “I am something bad.” Sometimes our guilt causes us to feel shame.  But guilt is something we can get over.  We can fix what we did wrong.  We can apolog…Read More

  10. Shame, Part 2

    When was the first time you felt shame?  Do you remember an instance when you began to feel shame?  Maybe you didn’t know it was shame, maybe you would categorize it as embarrassment.  That is where shame starts, with embarrassment.  Maybe you did something and were criticized for it.  Maybe something happened to you such as bullying.  Maybe you carry shame around from some form of physica…Read More