Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Changes in seasons, particularly winter months, can be a catalyst for trauma symptoms to resurface or even for survivors to feel like they are regressing suddenly. The appearance of regression will often bring a survivor down and discourage them to stop their journey or counseling altogether due to depression or simply giving up for a…

Can Family & Friends Suffer from Secondary Trauma?

Secondary traumatic stress is a risk when we support and engage wholeheartedly with a trauma survivor. More recently, secondary traumatic stress has come to the front as an issue separate from burnout, and it should be addressed. While burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding…

Bringing Hebrews 1-2 to Life in 20 days

In studying Hebrews 1 and 2 most recently I sought ways to make these passages “come to life”. Our small group was about to begin covering the book of Hebrews and I sought a new approach to scripture that would be applicable, fun, and still incorporate the truths of God’s word in our everyday busy…

I Ain’t Got a Leg to Stand on…

I Ain’t Got a Leg to Stand on… If you have followed my blog for any amount of time you know the struggle with my leg.  Not my real one, my fake one.  I truly do not even understand how something that isn’t even real can constantly send you such unhealthy vibes.  First I have…

Staying Shadowed

  Rick and I lead a small group with church every few weeks as a way to get in the Word and connect in life-giving relationships.  We have been using a technique called “Lectio Devina”(Latin for Divine Reading) which was introduced to me by our Pastor, Mervin Charles.  Graham Cooke describes this as “…an ancient…

Four Promises of 1 Peter 5

Four Promises of 1 Peter 5 In looking at 1 Peter a few weeks ago I stumbled across some of the great promises in Chapter 5. I think we often think of the bible in terms of what we need to do and what we should do and we don’t often mention the wonderful promises….

Implementing Hope

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”  Proverbs 13:12 Hope Deferred The verse above hit me like a ton of bricks. Now, I GET it. So many years I have heard this verse preached as a form of medicine to treat depression or hard times. Even more…

Qualifying the Unqualified

Qualifying the Unqualified The past several weeks I have been struggling with back pain on top of everything else. Not the typical ache but excruciating stabbing pain taking place in muscular areas. The doctor decided that my fake leg and forearm crutches were responsible for the healing lapse and advised me to “get off my…

Stitching a Garment of Praise

Stitching a Garment of Praise “Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;  the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;  the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking…

Jehovah Jireh – Jesus Carries

Jehovah Jireh – Jesus Carries “Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, ‘The-Lord-Will-Provide;’ as…