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Christian Blog

The New Status Quo -2.0

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One of my favorite blogs is Beauty Beyond Bones, where an effervescent woman named Caralyn tells about her struggle with anorexia and the journey to wholeness. But she writes about so much more! BBB is actually a view through the eyes of a Christian Millennial living in NYC.

Around two weeks ago, Caralyn posted about the new status quo (after COVID) and asked the question, “What do you hope sticks going forward?” Read her post here.

I answered with a comment about exercising greater financial responsiblity.

I hope going forward that more of us will live within our means; some can’t help living paycheck to paycheck, but many of us can. My grandmother, who lived through the Great Depression used to say, “Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.” This attitude can be helpful once again.

Regular David–me

Many others chimed in about the new normal going forward. BBB has over 46K followers, but Caralyn makes all of them feel welcome.


To piggy back on the question, what do you hope sticks going forward after the difficult times we’re living through?

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Christian Blog

Publication Schedule and Plans

After two years of writing this blog, a definite pattern has emerged. I post often in the summer, but slow to a stop once school starts. Once stopped, I don’t resume until the NEXT summer.

My plan going forward is to post every Saturday at 6 pm. To keep this going, I am writing and scheduling posts now —when I have more time to write. My goal for this fall is to set a time-slot every week to write. This way, I’ll be more consistent with content.

I enjoy applying scripture to stories from my own life and others. Thanks for reading my blog, and I look forward to reading yours. God’s best to you. David

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Anxiety Christian Blog

A Brush With a Bobcat

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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3

At twilight this morning, I crossed paths with a bobcat. A medium-sized wildcat native to North America, the bobcat is an elusive and solitary predator. The one I met was about the size of my miniature schnauzer, but with razor-sharp claws and teeth. He paused at the edge of the road and stared back at me as if to say, “You’re in MY territory.”

Anxiety is a bobcat of sorts. It too is an elusive predator that specializes in chance encounters. Often appearing in a dusk or dawn moment of life, it pauses at the edge of the road and stares back at us as if to say, “You’re in MY territory.”

Luckily, my brush with a bobcat ended peacefully. He vanished into the trees just after the brief stare down.

In keeping with the analogy, as a card-carrying anxious person, here are three things I do to manage my encounters with negative-“bobcat”-emotions.

Use Mantras: confront weak emotions with logic.
These are short positive statements said over and over to remind yourself what’s really REAL. My favorite mantras are from the Bible. This verse has gotten me through many a restless night:

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3

Unplug: occasionally choose solitude over people
Spending time alone is a great way to recharge, recalibrate, and reclaim your emotional well being. This is a life hack Jesus used in his busiest ministry days; He often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16). When anxiety levels rise, try taking a break from anything with a screen–unless it’s a screened in porch!

Don’t fight the feeling: let it pass over you instead.
A soldier friend, who suffers from PTSD, told me he’s learned not to resist the traumatizing pictures in his mind, it only makes them stronger. Instead, he let’s them pass through until they weaken and disperse–like a brief storm.

Hopefully, I can wrap this up with a favorite quote from the movie, “Gladiator”

I knew a man who once said, ‘Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.’

General Maximus (Russell Crowe)

Bobcats and unwelcome emotions are bound to cross our path at times.

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Smile back.

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