Posts from 2020 (Page 2)

Posts from 2020 (Page 2)

When Self-care Is A Struggle

As we battle the current global pandemic, physical self-care seems to have become a “buzz word” among individuals and with health care workers. While people often associate physical self-care with having a massage on a regular basis or treating themselves to a movie regularly or buying new outfits on a regular basis, there is much more to itthan this. In my private practice, I often walk clients through what I call the four pillars of physical self-care. These are: Eating nutritious foods consistently It…

Parent Up! A Friend Indeed

Friends. Joy or drama? Tears or laughter? I know I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth repeating; Our kids learn how to be friends based on what they hear and see from their peers and adults around them.  What does being a friend mean? Have you given your child language to differentiate between the various spectrums of what it means to be friends (from having a friend to confide in, befriending the new kid on the block, or…

Tears Answered In Jesus

My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” – Psalm 42:3 ESV What do your tears say to you? What questions do they ask? What do you do with them? Do you swallow them down or pour them out? We have cried many tears since the death of our 20 year old son. The first question our tears asked was, “Does God understand how much this…

The Book of the Bible You Didn’t Want to Read

Each time Lamentations rolls around in my Bible reading plan I roll my eyes and grit my teeth. Yes, I read it, but I never look forward to it and always dread it. It’s a book of laments and desperate cries that seem heavy and discouraging. Who wants their day to start off with that?!?! Not me. But this time was different. Perhaps the collective grief and discouragement the whole world is feeling set the stage this week as Lamentations…

Stress and Your Relationship with God

“In my distress I called to the LORD, and He answered and set me free.” Psalm 118:5  In our previous post, we talked about Nature and Nurture and explored how our genes (nature) have an impact on our mental health. This time, we are going to go deeper to talk about the influence of our environment.  When I say “environment,” I am not necessarily talking about trees and rivers. Mental health professionals often use the term ‘environment’ to refer to…

My Genes, Mental Health, & God

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 These days, you cannot open social media or watch the news without hearing the words “mental health.” But what does that mean? That’s a good question – what is Mental Illness? People have been asking that question for thousands of years, and the results have been instructive, alarming, and sometimes downright entertaining. For example, the word…

What I Feared the Most

In Job 3:25, Job says “the thing that I greatly feared has come upon me.” Anyone who knows the story of this great man in the book of Job will attest that Job’s greatest fears had indeed become reality.  He literally lost everything in a matter of hours. This reminds me of a statement that I heard a long time ago likening fear to a magnet, attracting to us the things we do not want. In these days of uncertainty, it…

Take Every Thought Captive

by guest author Dr. Uduak Afangideh How do we keep our minds healthy in uncertain times? Two steps to taking every thought captive. If there is one thing that psychologists, behavioral scientists, natural scientists and Christians agree on, it is the power of the mind in directing the affairs of the human individual. There is an abundance of evidence based on empirical research to support what scripture says in Prov. 4:12 that “as a man thinks in his heart, so…

I Don’t Know How You Do It

Encouragement for Single Parents Guest Contributor: Kyla Free “I don’t know how you do it.” If you’re a single parent, you’ve probably heard these words once, twice, or a hundred times. It’s probably not a phrase that triggers a strong emotional response like some do. It’s more likely to elicit a smiling shrug, the vague but polite response that someone wants to hear to their well intentioned comment. You probably didn’t choose single parenting–or if you did, it was likely…

Let’s Talk About School

It feels very different, but schools will be reopening. By now, you have probably made the decision to either send your student to school or keep them home. Whatever decision you have made, know that there isn’t a wrong one. There’s no perfect decision here. That’s why I think it’s so important to get some tips in your hands to help you with the upcoming school year no matter if you are sending your students back in person or virtually.…

Why Your Bank Account Doesn’t Determine Your Joy

It breaks all of our hearts to see the long lines at the food banks and the mass numbers who are facing severe economic shortfalls. Just when non-profit and charity services are needed the most, giving to these organizations has declined sharply. As a church we’ve been blessed during this crisis. Because of your ongoing generosity, we’ve been able to be generous with those inside and outside our family who’ve needed some extra help. Thank you. Even if your bank…

Tough Conversations

If you have to have a tough conversation with someone, you can’t control how they’ll respond. However, there’s some things you can do to help them receive it better.
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