Hello, my name is Carrie, and I live in Northwestern Ohio right on the shores of Lake Erie. Here in Ohio, we get to experience all 4 of the lovely seasons. I grew up here, and I love being close to the lake and rivers in this area. My favorite color is green (all shades of it!), and my favorite things to do are reading, camping at the lake, cooking for my family, and getting together with friends for coffee and laughter! I have always loved to write, and have been a keeper of journals since I was eight years of age. I even took a 2-year writing course after my daughter was born!
I have been married to a wonderful man (Gabe) for nearly 20 years, and we have four children, ages 10 (Curtis), 11 (Bryce), 15 (Dominic), and 17 (Audrey). My husband is a software engineer, and I am a writer who also works part time, while trying to keep everyone organized! Our children are busy attending a Christian school where they are all involved in nearly every activity there is to be involved in. We also attend Hope Baptist Church, where we serve in various different ministries.
In 2013, when I was 35 years old, I experienced a sudden onset of symptoms that was later diagnosed as generalized anxiety. I was confused about this diagnosis and believed that I had somehow failed as a Christian. However, after much research and study, I soon learned that the anxiety was stemming from several different factors and not just a spiritual problem. I began to work on changing my negative thinking during stressful situations, strengthening my relationship with God, and getting myself in better physical shape. I was determined to heal naturally!
In December of 2016, I posted my first article on Claiming the Promise! I was so afraid of what my friends and family would think, I didn’t share my posts with anyone! However, I soon had a change of heart.
My husband had just recovered from a stroke (at the age of 45) and been diagnosed with cancer. It was a difficult time where I struggled with fears of losing my husband and becoming a single mom. My relationship with God became sweeter, and I began to notice the hundreds of ways in which God was blessing me. He was providing my needs in such a personal way, needs that no one else could have possibly known about! God was also giving me daily strength to get through the surgeries, appointments, treatments, and regular life situations I was trying to help my husband through. I decided to make Claiming the Promise public so I could share God’s goodness with others who may also be struggling!
Here at Claiming the Promise, I share personal life-lessons that I have learned about overcoming anxiety on a daily basis. My prayer is to help other Christians struggling with anxiety, find peace!
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7