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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Dealing with stress: It’s ok to not be ok

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post, and my promise to start blogging more regularly.  Truth is, this has probably been the hardest month of my professional counseling career.  I’ve been busy, very busy.  This is a tough time of year in general for a lot of people.  The doldrums of winter, being stuck inside and short days start to […]

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Giving less

Giving less

And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, […]

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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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In Our Weakness

In Our Weakness

Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you try there is no one around who understands.  Or if they are life gets in the way.  You can’t catch a break.  Life keeps throwing curveballs. I wish I could tell you that it will all be alright.  That a friend is waiting.  Or if not that call a pastor, or a therapist.  Somehow though, when you […]

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Derailed

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 Every month a member of our staff presents a verse for all of us to mediate on.  Philippians 4:6-7 is the verse this month.  […]

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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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‘Tis the season…

We sing that it is the season to be jolly, but more and more often it seems it is the season to be depressed and anxious. So many things press against us: practical things like how many shopping days left until Christmas, seasonal things like the short days and longer nights, and of course relational things like spending the Christmas without a loved one. Let’s just call […]

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Finding Rest

To say that my family and I have gone through some changes over the past year would be a bit of an understatement. We added a baby to the family, I finished my graduate degree and started a new job, we sold our home, moved into a temporary housing situation, and then bought a new home. And that’s not to mention all the smaller [big] […]

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How do you know when God is calling?

Ministry is a call.  The same, I believe, can be said about any job.  What has God called you to do?  What has he called me to do? The problem I’m facing right now is where to do it.  I’m called to be a counselor.  I’m good at it.  I enjoy it. Best of all, I’m serving others.  Specifically, I’m called to counsel adolescents.  Oddly […]

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