What is Attachment Theory and Why Do I Care?

The standing joke when children act out is that ‘it’s always the mother’s fault’, right? Furthermore, often mothers inwardly feel guilt or shame if emotional or mental health problems develop in their child. I wonder why? Children have 2 biological parents. Unthinking confidence in the unfailing accessibility and support of attachment figures is the bedrockContinue reading “What is Attachment Theory and Why Do I Care?”

Growing a Gratefulness Muscle – Grace Upon Grace

In the midst of this season when we are reminded to Give Thanks, I wonder if some of us are out of practice. As we wrap up the beauty of autumn and set our faces toward winter, it may be asking too much for some of us to be grateful after a year like 2021.Continue reading “Growing a Gratefulness Muscle – Grace Upon Grace”

Falling Back – Is It SAD?

The Growing Darkness Like some of you, there were many years when I could not enjoy the entirety of autumn due to my dread of winter. By Thanksgiving, I often felt the weight of depression descending upon me. With the shorter days came darker moods and darker thoughts.  At that time, during the holidays, thereContinue reading “Falling Back – Is It SAD?”

Despair is Not The Last Word

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair. Elie Weisel, Holocaust survivor What is Despair? It isn’t often that you hear someone say, “I am in despair!” A friend is more likely to admit depression than despair. Depression is a very real condition and clinical depression can beContinue reading “Despair is Not The Last Word”

When Narcissism Comes to Church

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 Beware of Narcissist Leaders In The Church This is the last in my series on the narcissists among us. Sadly, we are looking at the last place on earth we expect to find the most self-centered, egotisticContinue reading “When Narcissism Comes to Church”

The Pain of Narcissism, Part 2

Narcissists will destroy your life, erode your self-esteem, and do it with such stealth as to make you feel that you are the one that’s letting them down. Anonymous Where Does It Begin? People often wonder where narcissistic behavior began. Was someone born a narcissist or were they molded into one? There are several theories,Continue reading “The Pain of Narcissism, Part 2”

The Pain of Narcissism

The Narcissist Test Step 1: Take a moment to think about yourself. Step 2: If you made it to step 2, you are not a narcissist. Anonymous What is Narcissism? The word narcissist seems to get thrown around often in the selfie-obsessed world in which we live. If someone is more self-absorbed than the average person, sheContinue reading “The Pain of Narcissism”

The Problem of Pain & Suffering

When pain is to be borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all. ~ C. S. Lewis As we finally begin to welcome a few clear, crisp days of autumn in our area, myContinue reading “The Problem of Pain & Suffering”

Community: Experiencing Little, Needing Much

We are living in a time when there are more ways to be in touch with one another than any other time in history. Phones, texts, emails, FaceTime, social media, Zoom are all avenues that can keep us connected wherever we are in the world. The personal, near ancient art of letter writing? Practically non-existent.Continue reading “Community: Experiencing Little, Needing Much”

Empathy A Sin? You’re Kidding, Right?

This site contains affiliate links to books. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Empathy has been getting a lot of press recently, and not in a good way. Past controversial statements by John Piper came to light recently concerning empathy. This occurred amidst the July resignations of staff members fromContinue reading “Empathy A Sin? You’re Kidding, Right?”