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Laura Rath

3 Steps to Change Your Focus

March 4, 2020 |
Do you need to change your focus?

Last summer I went through a season—the kind where sadness wasn’t a stranger. It wasn’t an emergency situation. I also felt happiness and joy, love and a sense of accomplishment; I was active and present where I was. But, I knew the anniversary of the loss of a loved one and stressful situations had me feeling down…and I knew that in time it would pass.

I was reminded that actions and activities can either contribute to (or help improve) melancholy when I scrolled through Facebook one morning. I was already feeling low, for reasons I had on my mental list, when I started seeing photos of close friends with narratives of deep friendship and I felt a familiar sense of longing.

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The illusion of control

Letting Go Of The Illusion of Control

Several weeks ago I was frustrated. It seemed that no matter how much I got accomplished in a day it didn’t make a dent in all the things I didn’t get done. There were the usual everyday chores, errands that had to be run,…

January 8, 2020
How to stay positive in a negative world

How To Stay Positive In A Negative World

We are often surrounded by pessimistic people, but that doesn't mean we need to follow them down that road. Laura Rath is sharing four ways to stay positive in this post on Candidly Christian.…

November 13, 2019
Fear is a bully (but God is stronger)

Fear Is A Bully (But God Is Stronger)

Fear can be a bully. It wants to stop us in our tracks and paralyze us from moving forward. Fear wants to spoil today and make us dread tomorrow. …

September 11, 2019
What to do when you need an attitude adjustment

3 Steps To Take When You Need An Attitude Adjustment

I’ve had those days. I’m sure you have too. Those days when one annoying thing happens, then something else goes wrong, followed by another… and in a short amount of time, you find yourself grumbling about everything, and maybe even taking your frustration out…

July 10, 2019
Learning to trust God

The Process of Learning to Trust God

Several years ago we were at the beginning of a long walk through health-related issues with a loved one. It was recommended that we visit the Mayo Clinic, so we made the appointment and waited three months until the scheduled date. In the meantime,…

May 22, 2019
Walking Forward Through The Unknown

Walking Forward Through The Unknown

Last year felt like a year of extremes for me. The highs were really high and the lows were really low. There were wonderful surprises, but there was also sadness and loss. The saying, “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.” feels like an…

March 20, 2019
Run, Hide, Fight - 3 Steps to take in a spiritual crisis

Run, Hide, Fight: 3 Steps To Take In A Spiritual Crisis

I had never been in a building when it was put on lockdown… until recently. Although the time from lockdown to all clear was brief (and without incident), it was long enough to be frightening. As we waited, my co-workers and I reviewed the…

January 23, 2019
I'm not okay...

When You’re Not As Okay As You Say You Are

I keep saying I’m okay, but honestly, I’m starting to question that. I wrote this to a friend a few weeks ago in an email. I thought I was okay. It was my standard answer when someone asked how I was doing. But privately,…

November 8, 2018
Holding It All Together

When You Feel Like You’re Holding It All Together

“You’re the glue that holds everything together.” I would guess that I’m not the only wife and mother who has either heard it, thought it, or feels it. I suppose it’s a compliment. Or at least it was on the cutesy Mother’s Day card…

July 23, 2018
Hope For When Hope Feels Lost

Hope For When Your Hope Feels Lost

A few months ago, I wrote an article titled Hope Changes Everything. Shortly after I posted it on my own blog, it also ran on a website called Thoughts About God. There it received more exposure which led to comments and questions from readers…

May 24, 2018
Teachable Faith

I Want To Be Teachable

A couple of years ago, I attended a writer’s conference. On the first night, after the main session, I approached one of the editors to ask about her breakout sessions the following day. She answered my question and we chatted for a minute. The…

March 12, 2018
How to look for a different perspective in the midst of it all...

3 Ways to Look for a Different Perspective in the Midst of Difficulty

Last year, for me, feels marked by a medical timeline. There was the jumping through hoops to get insurance pre-authorization, the planning and making reservations to be out of town for a length of time, and the monitoring of the medical bills—what insurance would…

January 25, 2018
unanswered prayers

When God Answers with an Oxygen Mask

Have you ever wondered why you can see God’s hand in some areas of your life, but not so much in others? Maybe like me, you’ve even asked Him. It’s not that you’re not thankful, you just want to know why. That was a…

May 22, 2017