JJ Landis - Page 2 of 35 - Christian Author on Parenthood, Depression, and Suicide
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balanced life, heart, kids, life is good, living for real, love, marriage, perspective, prayer, run, suicide, thirst / 08.06.2017

I’m drained and exhausted. Tedious tasks scream to be tackled. Nothing is wrong. Nothing is really wrong. But the world around me is demanding my attention and time. And my attention is feeble. My energy and focus are depleted. I try to center myself, to embrace my mess. The segments of my day, the chunks of time, crumble. I try to sweep up bits and minutes for use, but scraps are all that are left. I walk away from the mess beaten.   Yesterday was my twentieth wedding anniversary. Going...

changes, contentment, future, kids, living for real, parenting / 28.05.2017

What are you looking forward to?   Three more days of school and my eleven years of walking children to the bus every morning will be over. Once the kids are in middle school, moms don’t make an appearance at the bus stop. My youngest will be a sixth grader in the fall, which is ridiculous considering she was born just yesterday.   The elementary bus runs an hour and a half behind the middle and high school bus. So, come August, all three of my babes will leave at seven in...

depression, guest post, mental health, podcast, suicide / 14.04.2017

The Resurrection is coming soon, but Jesus can't rise from the dead without being killed first. That's today.   We are strong believers in my family, but we're not good with rituals and traditions. I planned my son's 14th birthday party (six boys staying all night!) for tonight, not considering it's Good Friday.   Instead of being religious this holy evening, I'll be feeding pizza to teenagers. Instead of somberly remembering the crucifixion, I'll be yelling at boys to clean up their trash, remove muddy shoes, take turns on the computers, put down the knives, and go easy on the...

balanced life, be present, freedom, kids, parenting, real life / 12.04.2017

  Hello. My name is JJ and I am a skimmer. I read newspaper headlines and captions. I flip through the Bible, rarely stopping to read more than a verse at a time. I read the first few entries of devotional books and then skim the rest. I bookmark professional articles but don’t return to them. I repeatedly make lists of who and what to pray for but rarely follow through in prayer.   My kids ask me questions and I don’t answer. I ask them questions and don’t remember what...

anxiety, balanced life, depression, living for real, real life, self care, writing life / 23.02.2017

  As a writer with anxiety and depression, my work days usually fall into one of two categories: Extremely productive with lots of happy checkmarks on my to-do list or completely void of anything worth mentioning. Rarely do I come to the end of a day and look back at it as being “okay” or “not bad.” I’m either on top of a mountain with hands raised in victory or in the corner of a dank dungeon rocking back and forth. Nothing is ever in the middle for me....