No doubt like the rest of us you are busy preparing for the holidays by buying gifts for family, friends, and co-workers. I don’t know about you, but I find this stressful. How do I know what they would like? What if I get them something that just ends up at Goodwill or in a … [Read more...] about The Gift that Keeps on Giving
The Memories of December Recently my wife’s mother passed away. We had just celebrated her 100th birthday only three weeks earlier. It was a wonderful celebration of her life. She was content, alert, appreciative, and felt surrounded by the love of her family. All of her … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Turn Sorrow into Joy This Christmas Season
Parenting is hard, especially when we don’t really know from day to day what challenges we may be faced with. It can be easy to become reactive to situations involving our children, and these reactions often come from an emotional response that is not always helpful. Emotional … [Read more...] about Proactive Parenting vs. Reactive Parenting
If I had a dollar for every time someone said, "I don't believe in therapy or psychiatric medications..." I could probably retire already. For these folks, handling life on their own is a point of pride. Often the same people who say this are medicating themselves anyway, just … [Read more...] about Neglecting Your Mental Health: Are You Driving Everyone Crazy?
“We’re living in the dark ages of our lives”, I jokingly told my husband a few weeks ago. And by dark ages I just mean that we’re raising a very strong-willed 4-year-old and a very clingy 2-year-old in a new city far from our family. Don’t get me wrong, there’s so many reasons to … [Read more...] about To the Overwhelmed Parent: Your Help Comes From the Lord
Prayer in church is common. When I was on staff every Tuesday we would pass around all of the prayer requests gathered from church members on Sunday. It was our time to pray for our congregation and to specifically lift up their thankfulness for God’s work in their life, their … [Read more...] about Persistent Prayers: Are You Living a Steadfast Life of Faith?