Emotions Don’t Define Us: Reconsider Your View of Them

Emotions Don't Define Us

I’ve written quite a bit about emotions and their purpose for us. They give us information and they are wise friends who speak truth into us. Yet this morning I am reflecting on the idea that often we allow our emotions to define us. Emotions were never meant to define….that is a distortion we create …

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Video Blog: Anxiety and Philippians 4, Reading it Differently

Anxiety and Philippians 4

This week I am trying something new…a video blog….and now apparently a YouTube channel. Yikes! Not sure about this. It feels super vulnerable but I’m hoping it is a new way to share helpful content with you guys. Anxiety is something we all face and I am sure you’ve heard Philippians 4:6 and maybe you …

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Ladies, Trying to Control Everything Might Actually be Hurting You

Aimee Thompson, Counselor

Calling all busy moms and wives trying to do it all. Do you find yourself exhausted? Worn out? If your answer is yes, let me say. Stop, sit down, take a deep long slow breath in, hold it, then let it out. Take a few minutes to just be fully present in this moment. I …

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Wanting an Instant Fix: How Our Instant-Upload Culture has Distorted Our Perspective on Change

Instant Fix

Instant fix. Sounds nice doesn’t it? Isn’t that what we’ve come to expect….a instant quick fix. I wonder if we have the right view of change? That may sound like a silly question. But seriously, how long do you think real life change takes? You see I’m wondering if we have unrealistic expectations when it …

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The Troubled Journey: A Parable of Life, Obstacles, and Hope

Troubled Journey

This week I am excited to share a parable written by my son.  It’s an amazing picture of what I’ve observed personally in my own life and as a counselor who sits with many people on a troubled journey. There was once a person, who sat, troubled. For this person had been on a journey, …

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Peace, Rest, and Joy are the Gifts You Really Want

rest peace and joy

I’ve written several Christmas blog posts over the last few years. All have been geared to help us (women in particular) eliminate stress this time of year by letting go of the idea of a perfect Christmas. To read them click here (The Not Perfect Christmas and  Hope for the Holidays) This year, I’ve been thinking …

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Parenting Struggles? Master the Art of Understanding


We all want be heard, seen, valued, and understood for who we really are. We desire unconditional love and acceptance. This isn’t debatable. We all recognize this desire, right? Isn’t this behind all the fairy tale romance stories and the cry for tolerance? See me, know me, love me, warts and all. Maybe we focus …

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Broken is NOT Worthless

broken is not worthless

Super excited this week to share with you a blog written by my sweet friend and fellow CCA counselor, Allison Hutson. It’s a tremendous blog!! Allison is joining me out at our McKinney location and is currently scheduling clients. She is the counselor, I send all my friends to. Her blogs and social media accounts …

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The Happiness Myth: Embracing The Power of Radical Acceptance

radical acceptance

Are you happy? How much time do you spend thinking about happiness? Everyone seems to be chasing it. The pursuit of happiness is ingrained in Americans. Do you think happiness is an achievable, permanent state? I think a lot of us do. Most clients mention happiness as one of their goals for counseling. I hear a …

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Help I Feel Bad. Are Negative Emotions Really a Bad Thing?


Emotions get a bad wrap in our culture. Somehow we have decided that it is okay to accept some emotions while labeling others as negative or bad. In doing that we somehow communicate to ourselves and our kids that certain emotions are normal and others are abnormal. I can’t begin to tell you how many …

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