When life isn’t fair

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 […]

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Working with Troubled Teens

Working with Troubled Teens

In the wake of the suicide of a Glenelg teen last month I have had the opportunity to talk to a couple local youth workers about how to take care of troubled teens and at risk youth.  It reminded me of why I got into counseling in the first place.  When I was in youth ministry I found myself faced with a couple situations where […]

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Merry Christmas to all…

…oh that it were so. For many of us, especially those of us who are kids at heart, or get to enjoy the company of children during this season, it is one of the most wonderful times of the year.  I have been very much enjoying watching my kids reactions to christmas lights, Santa Claus, advent traditions, and so many other unique and fun things […]

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For a Moment

For a Moment

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.
Isiah 54:7-8

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?”

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Back to School Blues

Labor day weekend is over, and schools around the country are back in session. While many parents are breathing a sigh of relief, there are also a number of stay-at-home parents who have seen their kids off and are in mourning. Sure on the one hand it’s exciting to see the new school year start with all the optimism that brings, but it also brings […]

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Breakups suck…

…I wish there was an easier way to put it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been with someone for two months or twenty years ending a relationship is no fun. It doesn’t matter if the relationship ends because someone has been unfaithful, or just a mutual understanding that it’s time to end it; break-ups hurt. Too often people want to deny that hurt. It’s easier to believe that they are […]

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Feeling your way through the darkness

Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? Psalm 10:1 I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it. I’ve heard it from clients, pastors…even myself. “Why God, won’t you take this darkness from me!” I’ve talked in the past couple posts about how sometimes all we need to do is put our trust in […]

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The peace of Habakkuk

Oh Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Habakkuk 1:2 I hear this question asked by clients all the time. Sometimes they ask it out loud, but usually not. Usually it’s more of an attitude: hopeless, helpless and scared. I think we all feel this way at some point in our lives. We cry out to God out of […]

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