Today I am honored to have Ruth Schwenk join us to talk about seasons of anxiety. In recent years Ruth has faced multiple miscarriages as well as her husband’s cancer diagnosis. She faced all this while homeschooling her children, writing books, and leading The Better Mom online community. (that’s a lot!) Through all of this, Ruth has leaned deeply into her faith to discover that God becomes most real when you need Him the most. She also points out that it doesn’t always take a great tragedy to trigger anxiety; everyone faces various seasons and it’s important to be honest and face your anxiety with God’s help. (Hello: Pandemic and kids around you 24/7? Yes, that can trigger it, too!)
Ruth’s story and wisdom is sure to encourage you in this time of so many unknowns, and especially if you find yourself feeling anxious right now.
Ruth’s Website: The Better Mom (find all of her devotionals, journals, and community blog there.)
Ruth’s Book: The Better Mom
Ruth would love to send you 30+ Bible verses from God’s Word to encourage you when you are afraid: https://www.thebettermom.com/verses-anxiety-when-you-feel-afraid
Books Ruth mentioned: (I just ordered all of these!)
Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
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More about Ruth:
Ruth Schwenk is the founder of The Better Mom blog, inspiring moms to become better by becoming more like Jesus. She also co-founded, with her husband Pat, the For the Family blog encouraging parents to press on in the messy, unpredictable, but good journey of marriage and family. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Ruth is also the author of The Better Mom book and Devotional, Pressing Pause, and Faith Forward Family Devotional.
Ruth is a Michigan football superfan, a self-proclaimed “foodie,” and lover of all things HGTV. But her greatest joy is her family. She is a blessed wife to her Pastor/Author husband, Patrick, and mom to four beautiful children, and she eagerly awaits meeting her five others, lost through miscarriage, in heaven one day. Ruth’s family, along with their pesky hamster and loyal Labrador retriever, live in the beautiful college town of Ann Arbor, MI.
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