Hope for Healing the Family

Nobody’s childhood is perfect. Even if you had a relatively secure and healthy upbringing, you’ll have been affected by negative experiences in some way. You might have grown up without a father, with an emotionally distant mother, or maybe you were raised in an environment that didn’t encourage you to share your feelings. These early ...

2020-02-13T10:37:26-08:00February 13th, 2020|All Articles, Featured|

Why Make a New Year’s Resolution?

I don’t know about you, but I’m really bad at keeping my New Year’s resolutions. There’s something so inspiring about making a promise to myself that I’m certain will improve my life. I’ve tried many resolutions in the past, some regarding hobbies, others about health, and almost every one has fizzled by the time February ...

2020-01-08T15:52:19-08:00January 9th, 2020|All Articles|

What The Incarnation Can Teach Us About Mission

When I think about the Christmas story, ‘mission’ isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. We generally hear messages highlighting the miraculous nature of Christ’s conception and how it fulfills the Old Testament prophecies. We reflect on the characters involved with Jesus’ birth and how they must have been feeling. In many traditions, ...

2020-01-02T12:02:35-08:00December 19th, 2019|All Articles|

Avoiding Disappointment this Christmas Season

Christmas can bring a variety of emotions. For some, it’s a joyful time of gathering with friends and family, for others, it’s a reminder of those who aren’t there. There can be so much expectation to have a great time and feel fulfilled and happy, but honestly, that doesn’t always happen. Maybe it’s ...

2020-01-02T11:51:16-08:00December 12th, 2019|All Articles|

What I’m Learning About Loss From Other People’s Experiences

“I don’t understand why this is happening.” That’s been my response during the last few years in regards to my health. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that I’d never even heard of. I’ve had to wrestle with the fact that the outcomes I expected for my life and body have ...

2020-01-02T11:13:29-08:00November 28th, 2019|All Articles|

Seven Reasons to Attend a Marriage Weekend Getaway

“We need to talk.” That can be such a scary sentence. The fact that we ‘need’ to talk means there’s work to be done. We can’t just continue on as we have been or pretend that everything is perfect. It’s a lot easier to ignore problems or just pretend they don’t exist at all. But ...

2020-02-11T12:48:57-08:00November 14th, 2019|All Articles|

A Helpful Guide to Approaching Mental Health Conversations

People are complicated. Our lives don’t fit into tidy boxes with perfect labels. This is especially true of our mental health. No one person’s experience with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thinking are exactly the same. And talking about mental health is tough. There’s still a lot of shame and confusion surrounding it, along with the ...

2020-01-02T16:25:38-08:00October 24th, 2019|All Articles|

Why Vote? A Must-Have Dinner Conversation Starter

I have a confession. I haven’t always voted. There have been seasons of my life where I’ve been totally disconnected from politics. Where I’ve felt disgruntled by what I’ve seen and didn’t bother to vote at all. If things seem like they’ll never change, why would I bother investing time and energy into it? Besides, ...

2020-01-02T11:13:30-08:00October 17th, 2019|All Articles|