The Shack Movie: God and your Tragedy

When this book was first published, I heard it was great, but wasn’t in a good place to read it because I had a five-year-old little girl at the time. As soon as I realized what could happen, I put down the book and finally picked it back up when she was ten. Paul Young has written and incredible story and though it was initially self-published it for his family. Mainstream media caught wind of it and, well, you know {Read More}

The Therapeutic Value of Spending Time in Nature

The Therapeutic Value of Spending Time in Nature By Steven Sanders As a reader of Celestial Prescriptions, you are likely already aware of the benefits of spending time in nature. Author and journalist Richard Louv has developed the notion that our society suffers from what he calls “nature deficit disorder,” due to the lack of time we spend out in nature. Without much delving in to this idea, you probably see this in your own life, and in the lives {Read More}

How Addiction Saved My Life

        I know I haven’t posted much lately since I’m actually working on the book, but I was honored to receive a request to write a guest post for Liberty in Christ Ministries if you’d like to check it out. Be sure to read Patty’s story too while you’re there…it’s a good one!

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Laughter really is the best medicine

  With winter approaching, many people are affected by seasonal affective disorder and fight the wintertime blues. Since my busy life has made it difficult for me to post lately, I thought I’d repost my series of practical tips to get those happy hormones in your brain working to create a happier you this winter. Enjoy! As a pharmacist, a patient, and a child of God who’s had to be “parented” quite a lot over the last eight years, I {Read More}

Serving a Supernatural God in an Ordinary World—Is He Your Superhero?

  For seven years I sought the help of medical doctors, psychologists, chiropractors, and other natural healers to cure me of grand-mal seizures, migraine headaches, depression, and opiate addiction. I hate the think about the thousands upon thousands of dollars I spent doing so. All that time, I had a direct line to a Superhero. I kept relying on worldly resources when I really needed the Great Physician. The creator of the universe. The ultimate healer. The one who holds {Read More}

Learning Through Change…and Patience

There are some new adventures in the Vaughan household these days. Our vacation of Beachy Goodness was just what we needed before the wave of change took place.  So here’s a mixed-up post to go with my mixed-up life. Forgive my rambling. It’s the state of my brain right now.   Miranda just graduated from high school.  Even though she will be doing the thirteenth year program her first year and going to Greenville Tech, she and her best friend are {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Be careful little ears what you hear

Summer months are lazy months. Kids are home from school and all they want to do is sleep late and then when they finally do get out of bed, they plop down on the sofa to television. And I fall right into the trap with them! Especially if there’s housework to be done. Procrastination is often my adversary.  When I start feeling like a sloth…                               {Read More}

Tip to a Happier You in 2012~I’ve been kidnapped!

Well, here it is Saturday evening, and I haven’t posted my {tip to a happier you} for today yet. But I have a good excuse: I’ve been kidnapped and taken to Tree Hill, North Carolina!  I’ve been shot in the chest, almost drowned, gotten arrested for beating up an abusive father, given birth early to twins that I wasn’t supposed to be able to get pregnant with only to have my husband forget and leave one of them in the car, been {Read More}

The Great Depression, the Road to Freedom

I’ve often said that anyone who has not experienced true depression cannot really understand it.  About four years ago, while still in the midst of my depression, someone recommended The Shack by William P. Young. As soon as I realized the youngest daughter in the story disappears, I put down the book. Marlee was five at the time and it was more than I could bear to read. But since God lifted my depression, I picked it back up and {Read More}

Tips to a Happer You in 2012~When life gives you lemons, sniff them!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles  and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller God gave us five senses—hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell. All of these senses send direct messages to our brains. Consider the information given by the Social Issues Research Center on the subject of fragrance and emotion:  The association of fragrance and emotion is not an invention of poets or perfume-makers. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to {Read More}

Tips to a Happier you in 2012~The Sweet Truth

What are the most common conditions for which we would consider a change in our diet? •   High blood pressure?  •   Obesity? •   Diabetes? •     Those are the no-brainers. But what about your brain? Do you think about the food we eat being connected to our brain?  Let me give you an example from personal experience:  When I was finishing pharmacy school, I did a clinical rotation at Greenville Memorial Hospital in the Cancer Treatment Center. I had to {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~Music Therapy

Everyone is affected by music. In one form or another, it’s all around us.  In the Bible, David wrote the entire book of Psalm dedicated to singing to the Lord. David had a heart for God, but if you read the stories of David in scripture, you also know he was just another sinful human being saved by the grace of God.  Music has been used for years as therapy for depression, stroke victims, and accident victims—virtually anyone, whose brain {Read More}

Tips to a Happier You in 2012~The Muddled Multitasking Mind

Join me inside my head for a few moments, will you? I have got to go clean up the kitchen.  {Walk to kitchen}  I can’t believe Marlee left her dirty socks in the floor when she took off her shoes.  {Pick up socks and take them to the laundry room} Shoot— I can’t believe I forgot to take the clothes out of the washer last night and now the smell horrible!  If I have to start it again, I might {Read More}

The Secret to a fulfilled life with purpose

I had an article published at “Inspire A Fire” this week on the addiction part of my story. If you’ve read my story page on here you know my story is full of gut wrenching moments, but the addiction part seems to gain much attention; maybe because I’m a pharmacist, maybe because I’m a Christian, or maybe just because it’s the juiciest part of the story. It makes no difference to me, as long as someone is brought closer to Christ through it.  One {Read More}