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Unfreezing Trauma

Things happen in life sometimes that we cannot explain or anticipate. When these events are painful, it’s hard to let them go. Maybe you’ve said this before: “If I only would have known.” “WHY?” “Wait, what happened?”...

Anxiety is quite the Storyteller

Anxiety sucks. Not many will argue with that. Because of how scary anxiety is, it’s hard to believe it is anything other than something to avoid. But beyond its very real terror, anxiety is trying to tell us something important. Anxiety is an internal...

Facing Burnout

Many professionals operate under constant stress and end up becoming disillusioned, practicing hopelessness, and physically and emotionally exhausted—especially if we work helping people. Sadly for professionals, when things get hard the only thing we know to do is...

Better Off Dad: The Biological Changes of Fatherhood

A man walks down the street with his wife, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child. With no kids, he has existed until now in his own orbit and paid little attention to the offspring of others. He notices a woman with a baby and the moment causes him some...

Alcohol Abuse and the Elderly

The Problem Continues to Worsen It will come as no surprise that a considerable number of the older people in our nation drink. A drink after work or a couple of glasses of wine with dinner is a habit that can be picked up over a lifetime. However, once the kids leave...

Freeing the Tamed Heart

In the past century, the tactics involved in taming an elephant for circus performing aren’t nearly as violent or barbaric as they once were, but it still remains heartbreaking to witness. We all know this magnificent two-ton animal could crush its...

The One Word You Shouldn’t Say in Your Marriage

We could probably think of a few words you shouldn’t say in your marriage (most of them fall into the name-calling category…), but one psychologist is saying there’s an everyday verb that shouldn’t be uttered at all—and we just used a variation of it twice in one...

Motherhood Has Changed Me

People ask me all the time how motherhood has changed me. Well let’s put it this way. Before I met you two, the word responsibility meant getting to work on time. And eating vegetables. Now it means guiding, feeding, teaching, protecting two little babies, completely...

Dealing with Addiction

Whether we like it or not, whether we want to admit it or not; if we are alive, we are dealing with addiction. It touches all of our lives. Everybody falls into at least one of three categories (usually two). We are either 1) in active addition, 2) recovering from...

Marriage at a 100-year low—and that’s a good thing

Brace yourselves for the latest evidence that Americans are fleeing the institution of marriage like Roger Sterling leaves wives. A report release Monday from Demographic Intelligence, which tracks marriage and birth trends in the United States, said marriage rates...

A Happy Marriage Can Save Your Life (Says Science)

Happiness and health go hand-in-hand (and it’s all thanks to your marriage) Healthy people aren’t just the happy ones—they’re now the ones committing to marriage. And if you thought that a significant other was more woe than it was worth, turns out you were...

Struggling in relationship?

Truth: We were created by love and through love to be loved and to give love. Relationship is God’s greatest hope for us. Love is the force that saved the world from sin. God uses love as an experience that exposes us, transforms us, and mends us. God believes in...

Boundaries, please.

From the minute we started walking and talking, we needed boundaries. They helped us feel safe and let us know what is acceptable and what is not. As children, we depended on these external parameters that came from attentive, caring adults. We learned how to...

Come out, come out, wherever you are.

Woodcarvers have a tough job. They are given the exact same medium every single time: a block of wood. Then they’re tasked with making something unique, something beautiful, something worth selling. And it takes forever. For. Ev. Er. Much like the woodcarver shapes...