Carey Bailey

Life Coaching, Tips & Tricks

How to Trailblaze Through Trials

You know that feeling when you’re just starting a trial — big or small? Like when you realize you only have one of your favorite earrings in, and you pray that the other is just at home on your dresser? Or when you’re sitting at the doctor’s office, and the nurse walks in with a grim look on her face? Or when you get a phone call from an unknown number while your family is out of town? When we go through trials, we often want to curl up and hide from the world. When our hearts are breaking,  ...

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Life Coaching

Create Joy in Relationships

When you’re running low on joy, what do you do with your relationships? Do you draw near to your friends, or do you push them away? Do you cry out to your Maker, or do you pull the curtains closed? Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, but God created us to be relational beings like Himself (there are three persons in the Trinity, after all!). So when we listen to the lies of the devil and start thinking that we’re better off alone on our little desert islands of joylessness, we miss out on one of  ...

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Life Coaching

How to Reclaim Your Want To’s

Like most of you, I have a to-do list. Some days, I’m crossing things off left and right, and I feel pretty good about myself. Other days, it grows to be a mile long, and I get discouraged. Either way, I usually need to remind myself what actually makes up my to-do list. Because “to-dos” aren’t just things we need to get done. There’s purpose behind each item. There’s the purpose of keeping our families fed. There’s the purpose of keeping our bosses happy. There’s the purpose of maintaining  ...

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Craving Rest, Craving Time, Life Coaching

Discovering My Daily Joys

Do you remember the movie Stand by Me? I think of it as a total summer flick. I remember learning what a leech was when I saw the movie. I was pretty disgusted! How often do we let the little annoyances of the day become leeches in our lives? These last few days have been filled with what I call joy suckers. You know, the little things that just steal focus away from God in the day. My website decided to have issues, I had to get new tires (I hate spending money on stuff like that), and I  ...

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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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