Carey Bailey

Craving Rest, Craving Time, Life Coaching

Discovering Joy Through Scripture

When I’m having a bad day, one thing that can lighten my mood is a good old-fashioned piece of snail mail. When I get a real, handwritten letter in the mailbox — not just one of those pieces of junk mail where they use fake handwriting for the address to get you to open it — I can’t wait to see what its author is thinking and doing. After all, there’s something so precious about someone taking the time to sit down and write a letter. It means they’re thinking of me. It means they care  ...

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Craving Time, Life Coaching, Soul Care

Discovering Joy When It Feels MIA

I have a confession (and if you’ve been around here long enough, you might’ve heard me say it before). It’s a little ironic, considering that we’re focusing on delight this summer. Some days, I just can’t seem to find joy. Real, deep, soul-level sunshine. When I notice that heaviness in my heart, I start asking myself what’s going on. Am I worrying about my to-do list? Am I drowning in a trial? Do I have to feel like this, or is there another way to process whatever is going on in my life?  ...

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Craving Joy, Life Coaching, Tips & Tricks

Craving Joy? Discover Delight.

The year was 2002 and everything I had expected and hoped for in life was being ripped and stripped from me. My dream job was slipping out of my hands and I was being mandated into intensive treatment for an eating disorder that I didn’t think I had. The result of this was considerable isolation. In the moment it felt like a crisis that I might not survive. Romans 15:13 came to my eyes and I immediately locked in. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing  ...

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Craving Rest, Craving Time, Life Coaching, Motherhood/Parenting, Summer of Joy

5 Feelings Every Mom Goes Through During the Summer and How to Cope

The best time of year for kids is sometimes one of the most overwhelming for moms. You veteran moms know what I’m talking about: summer break. The time when kids celebrate their freedom from school by saying, “I’m bored, Mom!” every five minutes. When you still have work to do but less time to do it. Even if your kids are older or you homeschool, summer is still a different game, with different daylight hours and different expectations. So how does a mom stay grounded during summer break  ...

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