I Shouldn’t Have To Suffer So

I Shouldn’t Have To Suffer So It has become a widely believed and accepted notion that somehow being a Christian should get folks a ‘get outta everything troublesome card.’ It’s almost like we’ve become of the mind that we shouldn’t have to experience any stress, pain, hardship, or strife. When we do, our first response […]

If Only Things Were Different

If Only Things Were Different Do our circumstances define us? This is a popular belief of which a number of us hold. That somehow, if things weren’t the way they are, that somehow we would be different. Otherwise, we tend to use our circumstances to excuse our actions. We have begun to adopt the line […]

Why Are You Such A Downer?

Why Are You Such A Downer? One of the most unpleasant things many people experience is depression. A common misconception I’ve not only fallen prey to but have also witnessed being demonstrated within the church is: The Answer To Depression Must First Be Sought Through Medication Or Therapy. While there may be nothing wrong with […]

Self-Control

Self-Control Once we believe that we can’t help how we feel, it becomes easy to start believing that we also can’t control how we act as a result of how we feel. It suddenly becomes okay to lose control. We allow ourselves to become controlled by our emotions, acting without thought, and taking action simply […]

I Can’t Help It

I Can’t Help It It is quite possible that we can’t help how we feel. We may not be able to avoid feeling apprehensive about exams, physicals, or bills. We may not be able to avoid feeling annoyed when the person in line in front of us pulls out a humungous stack of coupons, but […]

It Has To Be True, I Feel It…

It Has To Be True, I Feel It… We’ve heard it in movies, perhaps even read it in books. That affirmation of belief in something, and why? Because of a feeling in their gut. At the same time, we’ve also seen this: You can’t cry, only the weak cry. It’s not good to be angry, […]

Pesky Emotions

Pesky Emotions As people, we feel. We laugh, we cry. We know disappointment, heartache, as well as joy. This week has proven to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for the Burreson family. Between struggling with the complexity of my own emotions, juggling work and home, advocating for our oldest son, and dealing with […]

I’m Feeling…

I’m Feeling… Emotions can be a driving force. They can also prove a force to be reckoned with. They’re powerful, sometimes overwhelmingly so. When we wrestle with our emotions, we open ourselves up to accept many deceptions.  The easiest one for us to accept is that our feelings should be repressed. Some other lies we believe […]

We Are Not Responsible

We Are Not Responsible There are two mindsets parents tend to have today when it comes to the manner in which their children behave. What are these two mindsets? Well… I am not responsible for how my child turns out. It is all my fault that my child has turned out the way he or […]