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Take a deep breath

By Natalie Atwell | November 3, 2020

Often I ask weird questions such as, I wonder if the decrease in people smoking has something to do with the increase in anxiety among people in the US? After doing a bit of research, I found a study that showed that the deep breathing associated with smoking was actually the part that produced a…

I am Redeemed!

By Natalie Atwell | November 3, 2020

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1378717/6078610 Be encouraged today, Dr. Atwell

Practical ways to seek unity with others

By Natalie Atwell | September 23, 2020

Terms like reconciliation and unity have seemingly been a part of the vocabulary and conversations of many over the past several months. During this time, we’ve all likely experienced a variety of emotions including anger, hurt, confusion, excitement for change, etc. Recently, I’ve been challenged to consider what “walking in unity” means as I read…

My youngest wanted to do a podcast with me…

By Natalie Atwell | August 24, 2020

Maddox and Natalie’s first podcast! It’s only about 5 minutes and a little rocky for our first one, but entertaining nonetheless (hopefully).

What makes a good story?

By Natalie Atwell | August 19, 2020

According to the American press institute, “A good story is about something the audience decides is interesting or important. ” As an avid reader, I love a good story. One I read recently was The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, who tells the love story of two Holocaust survivors. I highly recommend reading it! As the reader,…

Masks and hope

By Natalie Atwell | July 29, 2020

Considering I’m a super nerd (self-described), I looked up the history of masks since the debate is a heated one these days in the great United States of America. According to Christos Lynteris, an expert in medical mask history at the University of St. Andrews (can you imagine growing up to become a mask historian~interesting),…

Did you know that the word ‘listen’ and the word ‘silent’ have the same letters?

By Natalie Atwell | June 12, 2020

The question of course is more rhetorical, but as 2020 has created a situation in which many people in the world are using technology more than ever before to connect with one another, work, be educated, vent frustrations, be entertained, etc, I’m afraid we aren’t getting better at truly listening during these times. Many are…

A Live chat about anxiety during a pandemic with my pastor :).

By Natalie Atwell | April 27, 2020

https://www.facebook.com/TheRefuge.net/videos/276129483404429/  

Quarantine means “house of freedom” in 2 King 15?!? What…

By Natalie Atwell | March 25, 2020

This morning as I was reading in 2 Kings 15 about king Azariah, I noticed the scripture mentioned the word “quarantine” so I read the commentary below with astutness. Of course last year when I read it, I probably just kept on reading, but this year it really stuck out to me amid the global…

Overcome evil with good: tips during the COVID-19

By Natalie Atwell | March 16, 2020

As I mentioned in my post last week, many people are freaking out and are feeling very unsure about a lot of things in our world at this time. Here are some ideas/activities to help you shift your focus. 1-Go visit your elderly neighbors. Take some groceries, fresh baked goods, and toilet paper (since this…