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Back to School and Sleep Deprivation With many children returning back to school in the upcoming weeks, one battle that many...
Teaching Kids: To Know God
Parents may at times feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of teaching their children about all there is to know about being...
When Bitterness Invades
No one wants to be bitter. It creeps up on us. Bitterness is unforgiveness on steroids. The more we hold onto past hurts the ...
Psychopath vs. Sociopath
Psychopath vs. Sociopath Retired FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole, Ph.D. poses the question, “Think you know how...
Teaching Kids: To Pray
Teaching children to pray is a vital part of familiarizing them to Jesus and strengthening their relationship with God. Chris...
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Many people struggle with finding meaning and purpose in life. In the following ideas I offer five guidelines for a person struggling in this way. (1) Assess and then figure out what helps you want to live. Questions like 'what gets me out of bed each day and gets me going?' are an example of how to examine what there is in life that makes life worth living. (2) Explore general resources that aid a person in achieving what he/she is meant to do with his/her life to make sense out of that life. Various writers study and then describe issues and concerns in relation to purpose and meaning in life; turning to these writers can provide ideas and direction for this search. (3) Seek out professional resources who can aid in this exploration of purpose and meaning. This experience might include a therapist who is willing to share ideas about how the therapist has gained his/her own purpose and meaning in life. Often times this type of search with...
No one wants to be bitter. It creeps up on us. Bitterness is unforgiveness on steroids. The more we hold onto past hurts the more we become tanked-up on our pain; robbing us of happiness.
Bitterness happens when we hold on to the hurt in an attempt to remind ourselves of the unfairness we’ve experienced with an expectation that someone will save us and return what we’ve lost.
So what can we do to avoid bitterness in the first place or get out from under it if we’re already there?
Parents may at times feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of teaching their children about all there is to know about being a human being, no the less about being a Christian. There is teaching “about” and there is teaching “to blindly believe in; two different things.
When they seek guidance on the subject many just feel further swamped. Relatives and friends are often happy to pass on their suggestions, but is that the version of God you truly want to teach your children? When it comes directly from you the parent you’re more aware of your vocabulary and any innuendo being passed on.
The Bible, on the other hand, provides parents not only reliable counsel on what to teach their children but also direction on how to teach them.
Join us as we look at four Bible-based recommendations for parents to teach their children about God.
Teaching children to pray is a vital part of familiarizing them to Jesus and strengthening their relationship with God. Christ gave us prayer so we could connect with him directly. Making children comfortable with prayer helps them to understand that God is always close and available.
Part Two in our series on Teaching Kids: To.... Part One featured Teaching Kids: To Know God.
To listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/modernliving/2014/05/08/teaching-kids-to-pray
Matt W. Sandford, LMHC
Everyone worries, but not everyone worries the same way. Everyone worries but not everyone is affected the same way. Some are more affected by events, or external issues or circumstances, some more so by negative thoughts, personal flaws, or wounds old and new. And when things happen in our world and in our community and in our personal lives the worries can pile up. My goal for this vignette is not to provide a way to eradicate all your anxieties, as wonderful as that sounds, for that would be aiming too high for a mere article. However, all of us can feel better if we can reduce the size or the intensity of the pile of worries. And that seems like a reachable and helpful goal.
1. Find a way to get at least some of those swirling thoughts out of your head. You know, the more that you ruminate on your anxieties that it doesn’t help. In fact, they grow, don’t they? They seem to take on a life of their own, as your mind finds ways to add to the possib...
In John 16:33 Jesus declares; "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world." It is obvious that God understands that if we focus our attention on the world and the things in it we will have troubles above and beyond what we can bear. However if we focus on God, He has promised we will overcome the onslaught of the world, gaining victory and wholeness for the journey. I admonish you today to seek God and ultimately gain peace and wholeness.
One of the saddest rewards of greatness is an individual who will deliberately seek out your flaws, only to avoid someone discovering theirs. This is the nature of leadership bruised by being overweight or the need to over achieve and this sadness goes on in the church. When someone with a legitimate gift and calling comes on the scene and is recognized by the Chief Apostle of the house, CEO of a solid Fortune 500 company, all of a sudden, the elders are nervous, the assistant pastor now needs to investigate your documents and apostolic succession to make sure you are known by someone other than the credentials you hold, and the executive V.P. goes out of his way to misdirect you from any and all meetings, forgetting that you have the pipeline of favor and are well liked by the CFO in charge of a business venture that has been out of reach. For all intended purposes, some of this is truly needed. But when you’re an educated Man\Woman, Rev.Dr./Newly Degreed, Partner in the states m...
Grandparenting and second-hand shopping have a lot in common.
Both are absolutely wonderful.
They're not first of all mine. Their way of being has been tested. I don't have to break them in. And there's a lot less thought about how things look, what will people think of me, and does it match?
Aside from the pleasant frugality of shopping second-hand, I know the product has been tried. If it was going to shrink, it is shrunk. If it was fragile, it wouldn't be there. If it scuffs easily, I can see the scuffs. This has belonged to someone else. And now I have an opportunity to take it home if I wish.
Nothing to do with the trend of the day. What works works. Sometimes crazy pizzaz, and usually just plain comfortable and easy-wear. Sometimes bright and shiny, usually fairly non-descript.
Parenting is dealing with someone brand new! Our whole identity seems at stake. People are watching, aren't they? How will our children behave? What will people think when my child tantrums at the gro...
Psalm 42:5 declares, "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God." It is absolutely clear that when we are depressed or discouraged our only source of real and lasting change is God. I have counseled many people and the almost everytime the familiar thread that results from most issues is a state of depression. As a Christian counselor it is my desire to be the person that God will use to bring change in your life that will last. I request your presence in a soothing atmosphere, while I encourage you to hope in God and watch Him do amazing things.
Join Rev. Tracy L. Cox, B. Msc., IMM, CIMM for a guided healing meditation, designed to reset your energy to Positivity. The mechanics of meditation will be discussed, as well as new research that proves that meditation and prayer actually work to change and improve the world around us. Rev. Tracy is available for one on one consultations, in her Aurora Chapel, or worldwide by phone. For more info please go to http://www.divineheartcentre.ca
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