Reach for the sun!

Do you remember in science class, how we learned when a seed starts to sprout and grow, it is reaching for the sun?  It was so interesting to learn how much they need sunlight to grow healthy and strong.  Well, that’s what I felt like today.  I felt like that little seed desperately reaching out for sunlight. In recent weeks, the sun was hiding but today is a beautiful, sunny day and the skies are blue.  Even though it is 2 … Continue reading

A “Christian Counselor” vs. a “Christian” Counselor

When we think of counseling, we often think of the stereotypical phrase “and how does that make you feel?”  Most of us understand that counseling is about getting in touch with our emotions.  But, when it comes to the healing process, it is important to recognize we are more than just our feelings. Though we are emotional beings, we are also physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual beings!  That being the case, it is natural to wonder . . . what about God … Continue reading

A different resolution . . .

Here we are again ~ a new year ~ another chance to reflect on where we are and where we want to be.  It’s the time when we think about things and make changes.  Maybe we want to get our finances in order, maybe develop our careers further, maybe start a family, maybe find love ~ and then there’s the ever popular goal of losing weight.  Whatever your goals, the idea is to improve your life and hope things turn out … Continue reading

War is Hell

Recently, while out shopping, I noticed a veteran on the side of the road.  As he navigated his wheelchair down the sidewalk with both legs missing from the knees down, he was holding up a sign asking for help.  I could not help but be moved by his dilemma.  While at the light, I looked through my purse and managed to find $10.  “Not a lot,” I thought, but honestly, since the birth of debit cards, I rarely have actual cash … Continue reading

The masks we wear

Halloween is about pretending.  We pretend to be somebody ~ or something ~ else and have fun doing so.  It is an acceptable and fun part of the celebration tradition.  We wear costumes and masks, all the while laughing and enjoying each others’ company.  I wondered recently how the tradition of costumes and masks originated and depending on where you look, you will find a variety of details.  However, the overall reason remains the same…we wear masks to hide.  As in … Continue reading

Let’s be honest

“Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened” ~ Winston Churchill When I think of truth, I think of contradiction, a paradox!  We continually wrestle with our deepest desire for it and yet are painfully aware of our discomfort with it.  Because truth, like a razor, has the power to cut straight through the center of our hearts.  When it does, we know in that instant, we do … Continue reading

Grief comes in many forms

Very often, grief and loss are associated with the death of a person.  We identify with all that comes with death.  For instance, an automobile accident occurs, a family member loses a battle to cancer, or we lose a friend to suicide.  When these storms hit, we instinctively understand that grief is part of that process.  We go through the motions by tending to the funeral and attempting to adjust to our new life without them.  We try to heal.  … Continue reading

Just make the pain stop!

Last week, I made a terrible mistake by lifting improperly and injuring by back.  The first few days were not too bad.  It was more uncomfortable really.  I continued with my regular routine but moved just a bit slower.  The problem is, I don’t slow down easily and adding pain to my day can really be annoying.  By the third day, I noticed more discomfort but, with things to do and people to see, I proceeded to shower and get ready … Continue reading

When did we give up our power?

Mental illness, anxiety, trauma, disappointments, struggles, and all that life has to offer have occurred since the beginning of time.  As a result, we search for ways to avoid our pain.  After all, suffering is bad and must be destroyed!  In this quest, science now offers relief from our distress…a chance to step out of our anxieties, even if for just a few hours, and help us cope.  And we are grateful for all the advances science has to offer … Continue reading

Why are we so angry?

Recently at the grocery store, I stood with my cart near the customer service counter.  With only one customer ahead of me, I patiently waited to ask a question.  With my turn approaching, I felt several customers starting to crowd around.  My cart, along with others, was beginning to cause a problem.  That’s okay, I thought – I have a quick, easy question so it shouldn’t take long.  I asked my question, a young girl assisted me, and all was … Continue reading