Overcoming the Stress of a Pandemic

Article first written for First Presbyterian Church Last week in this column, I wrote about the stress of a pandemic and the idea that resilience is the ability to withstand and bounce back from such stress.  Resilience is about coping with and overcoming stress. ...

The Stress of a Pandemic

This article was first written for First Presbyterian Church Greetings from the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church.  As I write this, I am grateful for technology.  Almost 5 weeks ago, when the first recommendations for social distancing...

Fall is in the Air

The following article was published in "First Things" for First Presbyterian Church.   It is that time of year.  All of the indicators that summer is ending and that fall is quickly approaching are upon us.  School is beginning, football is here, the church’s...

Soul Wounds

Attach: Join, put together, connect. Abandon: Throw away, dispose of, dump. Abandonment and Attachment…two important words that affect our ability to have relationships. In his book "Why You Do the Things You Do", Tim Clinton says that the following questions point to...

All Things for Good

Some people I meet with have been so unspeakably abused by others, it is almost impossible for them or me to grasp how something so horrific could a) be allowed by God and b) be used for good. Thomas Watson, a 17th Century writer who wrote the little book, All Things...

Postpartum Depression: It’s OK to not be OK

Postpartum Depression: It’s OK to not be OK

“It will be the happiest time in your life.” “You will feel nothing but unconditional love.” “Don’t worry, being a mother will just come naturally.” These are very common phrases that moms-to-be often hear as they near the birth of their baby. Although these comments...

Fear

Fear

Earlier this week, my one year-old daughter was playing with a toy on the bed. I watched her pick up the toy, throw it off the bed onto the floor, and then in an attempt to retrieve the toy, dive headlong after it over the side of the bed. Totally unafraid of the fall...

Conflict

A few years back I spent time training with an improv comedy group. I wanted to learn the art of improvisation after having some experience doing sketch comedy. I quickly realized that while improv is essentially making up what you are performing on the fly, there are...

A Rough Time

We all go through difficult times. Going through them “well” is the challenge. Scripture has much to say about how we are to respond to the difficulties and trials of this life. Whether our difficulty is physical, spiritual, relational, occupational, or...

The Unspoken Issue (Part 2)

In the first blog, we discussed a preliminary inner thought process of someone with an eating disorder. We will discover what an eating disorder actually is and define different disorders. Eating disorders include extreme thoughts, behaviors and emotions about eating,...

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