Posts in Family Mental Health
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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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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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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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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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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