3 Ways Mental Illness Strengthened My Faith

Our son was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22, but it wasn’t until he turned 34 that he was able to accept the diagnosis and receive treatment. During the twelve years of his struggle with untreated mental illness, God taught me deep truths about how to keep believing in His light where there is only darkness, and trusting in His goodness when there is only pain. Here are just three of the lessons…

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7 Ways to Encourage Resiliency in Kids...at Any Age

As a mom-to-be, my world has become all about how to have a baby, raise a baby, keep a baby healthy, keep a baby ALIVE.  Wanted or not, my brain – and inbox – are being flooded with advice and information.  But as someone who works in the mental health field, I’ve found myself beginning to explore beyond sleep schedules and feeding plans.

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Redefined by Grace

While most of my fellow high school friends visited their soon-to-be college, went on summer vacations, and hung out with their friends, I found myself in desperate need of seeking help and surrendering control. I had spent the past six months of my senior year in emotional turmoil after a recent breakup and not measuring up to the standards I set for myself.

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Words from a Youth Pastor for Students on their Mental Health Journey

All of humankind is and always has struggled to find the answer to a universally common question: “Who am I?” This is a question of identity and individual uniqueness. It’s the question we subconsciously ask ourselves and arrange our lives around in an attempt to find meaning with our own existence. Throughout our lives, we subtly attempt to answer this question in different ways: “I am a basketball player,” “I go to Harvard,” “I am the class clown,” and so on and so forth.

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4 Truths to Make the Broken Beautiful

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of restoring broken pottery or china. Rather than discarding the fragmented pieces of pottery, the artist reassembles them using a precious metal- such as liquid gold- to highlight the repairs. There is no attempt to make it look new or hide the “scars” of its brokenness. The technique adds value to the original object as the master artists creates something more beautiful than when it was new. Each Kintsugi becomes a unique work of art!

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Trading Lies for Truth

"There is a day coming when I will draw my final breath on this earth.  In the next instant, I will be standing face-to-face with my Lord.  At that moment, things will be very personal between me and God.  He won’t be asking my friends and family on earth if they think I should be ‘voted’ into heaven based on any merits of my own.  I won’t be graded on a curve for the way I lived my life.  All the striving I did during my life to gain love, approval and success will have been for naught."

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5 Noteworthy Tips As You Walk Alongside Your Loved One's Depression, Anxiety, etc!

When a marriage or family experiences their loved one's mental health distress or disorder, it brings about a lot of emotions and frustration. I can relate because my wife's mental health journey had me searching for answers from God, myself, and others. I learned a few things along the way and had the opportunity to encourage countless others couples and families. I don't have all the answers, but I may have some helpful notes for your journey. 

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