3 Reasons We Don’t Go to Church When We’re Feeling Discouraged

A few years ago, I participated in a local community health symposium to specifically address the Church’s response to those struggling with deep emotional and mental discouragement, even crossing into mental health conditions. Several questions emerged regarding experiences within the Church when we’re feeling overwhelmed. With fresh insights and forward-thinking hope, here are three important questions that were asked, how I answered them and some encouragement from the discussion…

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5 Tips To Help Someone Feeling Overwhelmed and Discouraged

Learning to provide comfort and encouragement for those who are experiencing dark days can be challenging. We are told that the “ministry of presence” (just being there) for others is what they need . . . but how does that work, practically?

Whether as a church leader, parent, spouse, friend, or in any role serving others, we all could use simple tips on how to have a ministry of presence and comfort.

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Stress Free Holiday Tips for Families and Their Loved One’s Mental Health Condition.

As the holiday season goes into full swing, we are aware of what comes with our celebrations: lots of activities, generous dessert tables and endless gatherings. It is, indeed, a time to be surrounded by family and friends. Most of us greet this time of the year with open arms and excitement; we look forward to spending extra time celebrating with those closest to us.

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The Beauty of Community

You may remember a scene in the movie Chariots of Fire where Eric Liddell says, “Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins, God’s love is still working!” In 2012, I really wondered about the ruins and wondered what God could or would do…

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You Are Not Trapped by Your Mental Health Difficulties

I’m going to guess that you’re like me and at some point in your life, you have found yourself saying, “If only I’d known then what I know now!” I can say that about being diagnosed with mental illness. Receiving a mental health diagnosis can be devastating – at least it was for me. 

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