A Ministry of Southwestern Seminary's Women's Programs

Category: Emotions

The Secrets of Self-Harm

She sat in my office stiff and straight-backed looking down at my desk as though something was keeping this 16 year old girls’ rapt attention. She twirled her hair. She bit her lip. She looked at her shoes. She fussed with the sleeves of ... Read More »

How to {Emotionally} Survive The Holidays

It is officially that time of year again…the holidays. For many women this is the season they look forward to all year. They cannot wait for the smell of pumpkin or pecan pie baking in the oven, the beautiful leaves that eventually fall t... Read More »

What Happy People Do Differently

I recently stumbled upon a list of the things happy people do differently. I was intrigued to hear their secret. Interestingly, it wasn’t the typical “self-help,” pep-talk kind of advice you might expect. In fact, it sounded more than... Read More »

Martha, Martha, Martha! Kicking Your Anxiety to the Curb

As I raced through the house trying to restore order I was barking out brief staccato commands to my children.  Suddenly my youngest stopped me and asked “Mom, are we having company tonight?”  God used her innocent question that day t... Read More »

When Anxiety Comes Knocking

Many of us have felt it – suddenly, a little gerbil starts spinning its wheel right in the middle of our chests! Our minds race to keep up and our thoughts become prods that drive us from one place to the next.  Living life at such a fra... Read More »

Learning from Grief, Listening to Job

No doubt, you’re familiar with the story of Job. But have you considered that, just like Job, our response to tragedy and difficulty reveals our hearts? Job’s crisis was completely unexpected and utterly incomprehensible.  This bla... Read More »

Giving Up and Giving In

Can you think of the last time you gave in to something you know you shouldn’t have? What causes you to lose heart, give up on doing good, and give into temptation even when you know it is wrong? Consider Galatians 6:9: “Do not grow we... Read More »

Walking the Tightrope: Thinking Critically Without Being Critical

One of the challenges of ministering to others is dealing with what we know about them.  Fellow believers come to us with hurts and sorrows and we end up knowing more than we ever thought we would.  They entrust us with their lives and we... Read More »

PMS with Self-Control…Yes, It's Possible

  I hope you find yourself in this comic strip.  If you don’t, forget reading the rest of this post.  How many days have I walked through this exact scenario?  How many months of my life do I have this exact experience and more? ... Read More »

Discontent with Discontentment

There I was in my closet – crying.  The all too familiar pitiful scene of a mascara-stained face looking heavenward, crying out to God, not understanding why His timing hadn’t caught up with mine. What was I even crying about?  My... Read More »