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Suicide and Teens

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 If you’re a parent of a teenager, you are faced with innumerable challenges every day. Parenting a teen in the age of smartphones, social media, and internet is incredibly difficult and downright terrifying. Bullies, harmful internet content, and comparison-driven social media can now reach…

Unloved

Have you ever been in a Bible class when the teacher asked you to name a Bible character you admire? Maybe you wanted to be strong like Samson or a skilled warrior like Joshua. Maybe you wanted faith like Abraham or Mary or passion like Peter, even in his missteps. I’ll bet that you never thought, “I want to be like Leah.” A few years ago, someone sympathetically told me that’s who I reminded him of. Leah. Yep, the ugly…

Suicide-Who Is At Risk?

Suicide – Who is at risk? The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 Robin Williams. Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade. Ernest Hemingway. Virginia Woolf. More than likely, you recognize at least one or two of those names. If not, you would surely recognize some of the dozens of others that appear after a quick Google search of two words: “celebrity suicide.” Celebrity suicides garner national attention, many express heartbreak over the…

Growth-What I’m Learning about My Purpose

Each of us is born with a unique life purpose.  For some of us, our purpose in life is obvious and clear. Some of us are born with a set of talents and through persistent practice, we develop our talents into skills and it may help lead us to our purpose. Yet for others, myself included, it isn’t easy to identify your purpose.  We are told to find something you like and pursue it with a passion.  I like a…

Spiritual Dimentions of Trauma

In my work as a mental health counselor, I have come to realize that trauma is not just an isolated event or a series of events that people have to deal with but that there are spiritual dimensions of trauma.  Some facts that inform this concept are: • The well known and widely accepted notion that we are not just human beings having brief moments of spiritual experiences; we are spiritual beings having brief moments of human experience. • The…

“Roads in the Desert”

I don’t like asking for help. I have a couple of theories on this. The first is easier to digest: we Southerners are raised in such politeness that we are always willing to offer help and generally reluctant to accept it. There’s a charm, an old-fashioned chivalry in that belief. My second theory, though, is strikingly less noble: I am either too proud to ask for help or too fearful that I will ask too much–or worse, that I will…

Love in the Time of Corona – Family Edition

We’ve been dealing with this whole COVID-19 business for several months now, and though society might not be as tightly restricted as it was a few months ago, the strain continues to wear on us, and through us, our families. Initially, we operated in what was almost a state of shock, every decision geared toward survival. Gradually, we have begun the scramble toward normalcy, but it has been made clear that that journey will be a long one – more…

The Impact of COVID on Our Families, Our churches, and Ourselves

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust…He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings will you find refuge.” Psalm 91:1,2,4a   I saw a meme the other day that encapsulated the way I feel about 2020 and COVID-19. It said: “This is not September 15th. It’s March 182nd.” Given…

Divine Encounters

Does your idea of Missions involve exotic and foreign places where most of us will never go? If that is how we define Missions, many of us will never feel responsible. Missions is designed for each person to participate and is more about purpose regardless of the location. So what exactly is Missions? First, Missions is God-ordained and involves being sent for an intended purpose. Think back to Genesis 12 when Abraham was sent as a part of God’s plan…

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…