How Churches Can Aid in Disaster Recovery

I will never forget my first day back in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I remember sobbing as I toured my beloved city seeing devastation that I never dreamed possible. On that day, I had no hope that our city would recover. However, as most people now know, New Orleans not only has and is recovering but, in many ways, has become a healthier place than before the storm happened.

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Chronic Pain, Healing Tears, and the Joy Coming

I believe in miracles because I believe in God. Dictionaries define miracles as “surprising and welcome events that are not explicable by natural or scientific laws.” Persons of faith happily attribute these to the goodness and mercy of God. Nevertheless, some of us who believe, do live with chronic medical and psychiatric health issues—often including chronic pain. Such co-occurrence can become overwhelming. I have often been reinvigorated by observing the courage of others who endure trials and testing. I want to emulate those who choose a pathway through that matures character. I am inspired by those who hope on in faith even when the going is tough.  

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4 Beacons of Growth after Trauma

Trauma.  What comes to mind when you hear that word?  Do you instantly think of PTSD?  Post-traumatic stress disorder: the debilitating effect that trauma can have on an individual.  We now freely accept the fact that the impact of trauma is insidious, pervasive, life-changing and enduring.

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4 Things You Need to Know about Redefine Grace

It’s without question that many of us wonder where we fit in to our ever-changing society. We may enter into each day with confusion, doubt and uncertainty and can’t help but search for our place. Regardless of our age, stage of life or financial status, we all grapple with these fundamental questions in one way or another: “Who am I?” “Where is my place?” “How can I possibly make a difference in this world?”

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6 Reasons Why Depression and Anxiety are Not Weak Faith or Sin

“This scripture almost sounds like James is addressing ‘weak faith’ (ask the elders to pray for you) as well as sin as a possible culprit (confess your sins…be healed). So, how does this scripture relate to someone dealing with mental health difficulties or disorders?"

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4 Ways to Talk about Complicated Emotions with Teens

Finding ways to authentically relate with teens can sometimes feel like nailing jelly to a wall. We do our best by asking, “How was your day?” only to receive a one-word answer, “Good.” We try again: “How are things going with your friends?” Again, we hear, “Good.” One last attempt: “How was church?” “good.” One-word answers galore!

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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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