Posts in Relationships
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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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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3 Reasons Why True Love is Not Just a Feeling

First Corinthians 13:4-7 is often used to characterize the love that one person has for another or what a couple should strive for in a marriage. However, Paul’s assertion here to the Corinthian Church calls to mind the true character of Jesus Christ - Jesus’ PERFECT love for us. It is a love that has the ability to withstand the fiercest of storms and the most barren droughts.  It is a love that has the ability to empower us to love even when we feel unlovable, with nothing left to give.

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What You Get When You Give Thanks

If you’re anything like me, the Thanksgiving season does not magically produce a more thankful version of myself. In fact, it usually yields the opposite. I don’t know if it’s the shorter days with less sunshine or the never-ending end-of-year task list, but Thanksgiving seems to trigger even more stress, anxiety and bouts of depression. So, for many of us, we may just be trying to make it through.

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5 Ways to Open the Door to Hope

I love this quote by Emerson, “Be an opener of doors.”

Will you and I become an opener of doors for those who are struggling in silence with mental illness?  Throughout our day, will we be intentional in prayers to our Lord, to give us opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others?  We can open doors to Hope with just a smile, an introduction, perhaps extend our hand, our time, and our hearts.

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5 Simple Things to Do for Your Mental Health Today!

Procrastination has infiltrated our culture. Every week you can almost always count on hearing someone say, “I’ll start exercising tomorrow” or “I’ll finish this book later.” It just so happens that we can view our own mental health through this same lens. The goals or obstacles that stand before us can seem like one giant puzzle split into thousands of tiny pieces —unapproachable and ultimately defeating.  And what’s our response? We freeze!

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