If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.
Care for people struggling in addiction demands a resiliency of character and commitment that is extraordinarily difficult to sustain over time. Continue reading
The details of situations can seem vitally important. But could it be that the really important things come in the brief moments of vulnerably that are shared in the dialog of a counseling session. Those brief moments are often easily lost. This post explores how to better navigate the details in order to not to miss moments of deep connection. Continue reading
According to the Scriptures, taking care of widows is a big deal. But in a culture obsessed with youth, it sometimes seems that ministry to widows has been pushed to the periphery. How can this be changed and what does it look like to really care for widows? Continue reading
A woman who lost her husband recently shared of a particularly difficult night of despair and hopelessness. It was a night of desperate loneliness. That same night someone happened to call her and she shared her deep grief. As the person listened, they concluded this woman ought to go see a counsellor.
As she shared her story with me, I wondered, “Did she really need a counsellor?” Continue reading
Touchy. Moody. Easily Offended. Has your husband ever said this about you? Does he walk on eggshells around you or fear you will misinterpret his comments? Are you overly sensitive to his assessment of your performance or character? Continue reading