Overcoming the Struggle to Ask for and Accept Help

Overcoming the Struggle to Ask for and Accept Help

Asking for help is not my natural inclination. Neither is accepting help when it’s offered. It’s much easier to convince myself that I’m creating an unnecessary inconvenience or burden. At the heart of the matter, my inability to ask for and accept help usually stems from a desire not to appear weak. I prefer to “have it all together.” But the hardest days only feel harder when I try to push through on my own.

Instead of believing the lie that asking for and accepting help is a weakness, I’ve begun to see it as an opportunity to connect with others and be served.

2020 Word of the Year

2020 Word of the Year

As one year fades into another, it’s a natural time for reflection. A time spent uncovering what went well, what we wish had gone differently, what we learned along the way, and what our hope is for the future. Reflection is an opportunity to evaluate the past in order to reveal the ways we’ve grown and changed.

We are given a path forward when we take the lessons learned from the past and use them as a guide. One way I do this is by selecting a word of the year.

How to Convince Yourself to Keep Going When it Feels Impossible

How to Convince Yourself to Keep Going When it Feels Impossible

The mind is a powerful tool. It can help us, or hurt us; propel us forward, or hold us back. Our mind can be used to our advantage or disadvantage – it’s a choice we have the ability to make.

We don’t always have the ability to control our circumstances, but we do have the ability to control our mind, and in turn, the power it holds over us. When the going gets tough, I’ve learned to use mental strength to pull me through.

It’s Okay to Not Always Be Okay

It’s Okay to Not Always Be Okay

When I hear the remark, “you’ve handled this so well” in reference to my health journey I cringe a little. The statement invokes a fear in me that people may think I have it all together, or that they believe I’ve managed any of this through my own strength. I haven’t. The full story is much more nuanced and the only person who knows the nitty gritty other than me is God himself. I have struggled.

Every few months I have a bad day. A day where I experience feelings of frustration, weariness, or being overwhelmed by all that is still ahead. I bet you’ve had one of those days, too.

Seek and Find the Good: Gratitude Challenge

Seek and Find the Good: Gratitude Challenge

Giving thanks in all circumstances is no easy task, but as Christians, it’s what we’re called to do.

Seem impossible? For a long time, I thought so too. In fact, it took me years to uncover the importance of giving thanks no matter what.