Hurting? How Counseling Helps

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Biblical counseling will bring the life change you want as well as peace, contentment, calm. God has worked a miracle in my life and in the lives of my counselees, and He can work a miracle in you too. Biblical counseling goes by other names: soul care, pastoral care, even intensive discipleship. It leads to […]

Do You Stuff God in a Drawer?

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I kind of, sort of stuffed God in a drawer. My focus was all about finishing a book, speaking, and counseling. All good things, but not the best. I even devise a way to finish the book. A stick: deadline! A carrot: vacation day! You’ve probably used the same approach on your kids. You know the […]

What Real Love Looks Like to Kids

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I stepped into “Little House on the Prairie” reruns when I visited friends’ homes during childhood, it seemed. People in these homes blessed each other with words of affirmation: “Beautiful picture, honey. I can barely wait to show grandma.” “You remembered to put away your books. You are so responsible!” “I appreciate that you called home […]

Why Self-Care Is NOT Indulgence!

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Self-care often seems indulgent to me. Doesn’t the word indulgence smack of laziness and mindless Netflix marathons and too much dark chocolate, too much Chardonnay, and just too much? When my friends at Dare Whimsy streamed an online show on self-care, they invited me to join the panel. I bowed out. Why? Work. And maybe just maybe. […]

Does Hope Really Heal?

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I woke up sobbing, my tears spilling the pain of a secret childhood memory. My husband reached for my hand under the quilt, his green eyes searched mine. “What’s wrong, Lucy? What happened?” “I don’t know,” I lied. I knew the reason for my tears, these salty signals of pushed-down pain. With no warning the […]