The results of this past weeks election have put a new exclamation mark on the sense of divide that has been growing in our country over the past few years. I keep asking myself: What should I have done? How should I move forward? How do we heal the divide? It’s tempting to get into discussions about politics, however I’m not a political analyst. I’m […]
We’ve all heard it before: “Life isn’t always fair”. Maybe it was from a parent, or friend or mentor, but the old adage is true. The funny thing about being a counselor is others think we are supposed to deal with it better. I was in my chiropractors office recently and he asked me why I think I’m feeling so stiff and sore lately. I […]
Parenting is hard. It’s an endeavor that takes lots of practice, patience, and hard work. So I’d like to brag on one of my kids for a second and give an example of when practicing what you preach finally pays off. Something happened a few days ago that I’m not to proud of: I was in my room changing after a hard day of work, […]
For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
This seemed like a good verse to start this year with, especially considering the recent shootings in Arizona. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming those shootings on the wrath of God, or his desertion of us. It’s just, there are days, weeks, months, even years sometimes where you feel like life is coming apart at the seams. Our best laid plans start crumbling around us and we wonder “where is God in this?”
What never ceases to amaze me when I work with adolescents, or when I spend time with my own kids is how easy it is for them to get us (the parents) riled up. It doesn’t take much, a little selective hearing or a little verbal jab…often done innocently…to get us reeling. Next thing we know we get frustrated, annoyed, even angry. What I’ve noticed in […]