Photo by Anna-Louise on Pexels.com The prospect of a Happy New Year began to fade on the horizon when the newest Covid-19 variant wrecked any notion of what historically was a normal Christmas for thousands of people. As Omicron raced across the country, families were once again separated for the holidays. Pandemic-weary Americans, ready for … Continue reading Managing Chronic Stress and Maintaining Hope in 2022
Photo by George Becker The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor, and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.Dietrich Bonhoeffer When I was young, I thought Advent was a ritual in which only the Catholics took part. At the … Continue reading Advent-Looking Forward in Anticipation
Photo by nappy on Pexels.com 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 … Continue reading What is Attachment Theory and Why Do I Care?
Photo by Dodie Smith 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 … Continue reading Growing a Gratefulness Muscle – Grace Upon Grace
https://videopress.com/v/qeziNS6s?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata video by German Korb The Growing Darkness photo by Anna Jones 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 … Continue reading Falling Back – Is It SAD?
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 be … Continue reading Despair is Not The Last Word
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 ChurchThis 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, egotistic person … Continue reading When Narcissism Comes to Church
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, but … Continue reading The Pain of Narcissism, Part 2
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, she is … Continue reading The Pain of Narcissism
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, my … Continue reading The Problem of Pain & Suffering