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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Making 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 Mental Health Notes for Marriages and Families

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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Let Your Hunger Lead You to Hope

When was the last time you felt really hungry?

You probably didn’t think about what was happening in your body, but you certainly experienced the symptoms. Your brain, which monitors the hormone levels and nutrients in your bloodstream, recognized it was time for a refill. Your hypothalamus—your body’s control room—put out a general alert and started telling you eat. Your stomach felt empty, you started feeling pangs and might have heard some growling sounds. As your body worked hard to get your attention, you began thinking about food.

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Why Everyone Should Care about Mental Health

When I first joined the Grace Alliance team back in 2014, I knew I had a lot to learn.  With a degree in Public Relations and four years of college ministry work, I felt a little behind the curve when it came to understanding mental health.  But I was passionate about being able to help others through the journey of mental health difficulties. 

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