Renée Gotcher

How to Be Thankful for the Thorn of Anxiety

Have you been pleading with the Lord to remove a “thorn” from your life? Are you wrestling with unanswered prayers, struggling to understand why God won’t remove the thorn when you could be so much more productive and effective without this affliction holding you back? This week, I have the privilege of being a featured…
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Book Review: Jesus, Calm My Heart

I have enjoyed the inspiring prayers and personal application of Ruth Schwenk’s prayer prompts journal, “Jesus, Calm My Heart: 365 Prayers to Give You Peace at the Close of Every Day.” Having followed Ruth on social media, I’m familiar with her prayer prompts, and on many occasions, I’ve been one of the women she talks…
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When God Says His Grace is Enough

In 2 Corinthians 12:8, the persevering apostle Paul made a very reasonable request to the Lord: “Concerning this thing [a thorn in the flesh], I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.” It seemed like the obvious solution. Yet the Lord had a different answer for Paul—removing the “thorn” was…
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Why Meditating on God’s Word Matters

A few weeks ago, I shared about the “key verses” note I started on my phone last fall, during a resurfacing struggle with physical anxiety symptoms. At that time, I couldn’t control how my body felt from day to day, sometimes minute to minute, but I knew I could control where I put my mind’s…
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Short Nature Walks Benefit Mental Health

Research confirms that spending time outside has a positive effect on your mental health. However recent studies also report that consistent walking—and specifically walking in nature—provides significant mental health benefits. In an article published on Medical News Today less than two months ago, it was reported that just a short walk each day could reduce…
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Are You Worried You’re Not Strong Enough?

Are you struggling to believe God isn’t disappointed with you because you aren’t “strong enough” to face the ongoing crisis you woke up to today? Do you feel like a failure because you’re caught up in the same battering storm, and no matter how hard you try to swim to safety, you’re far from peaceful…
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Are You Struggling With Motivation?

Do you dread seeing the words #motivationmonday pop up on your social media feed at the start of a new week? Maybe you are still weighed down by what you didn’t finish or fix last week. Or maybe you’re worried you won’t be able to stem the tide of to-dos on this week’s list. Or…
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Will Time Outside Improve Your Mental Health?

Would it surprise you to learn the average American spends more than 7 hours looking at a screen each day? (DataReportal 2022 Global Overview Report). Or maybe that doesn’t surprise you? Do you find yourself inclined to retreat at home to reduce stressful daily interactions, taking care of as much as you can with the…
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Consider the Sunflowers

Consider the Sunflowers

Thanks to record-breaking rainfall in June, the fields I walk past in my neighborhood have flourished green and now abound with colorful wildflowers. The ones that captivate me most are the vibrant yellow sunflowers, which have grown impressively tall this year. On a recent walk, I stopped to take photos to document their dramatic growth.…
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Are You Waiting for the Divine Green Light?

Are You Waiting for the Divine Green Light?

As I’ve continued to process all the wise words and practical advice shared at She Speaks 2023, one quote comes to the forefront almost daily, courtesy of the dynamic author and spoken poetry artist Hosanna Wong. Hosanna was a new speaker to me and clearly gifted at communicating God’s truth in words that captivate and…
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