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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 13:27

Understanding Suicide

Written by Deborah S. Cowell

Someone once said that the only thing we can be sure about in life is change. Even though we work hard to maintain a stable and predictable way of life, some type of change always finds a way to throw us off balance. These changes for some are exhilarating, but for most of us we experience various levels of stress or anxiety.

Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:07

How Important is Sleep to Well-Being?

Written by Nancy Thomas

As Americans, we seem to pride ourselves on how little sleep we need and how busy we are!  However, we were created to have downtime to sleep, reflect, pray, to commune with and seek wisdom from God.  Even God rested!


By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.Genesis 2:2

Monday, 08 August 2016 13:41

Fundamental Principles of Counseling

Written by Nancy Thomas

I have been reminded about the TV show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and the kindness, love and safety it modeled. As licensed counselors and faith informed counselors, we hope to provide a safe place to explore our hurts, needs, and disappointments where one will find love, acceptance and compassion informed by the Holy Spirit.

Friday, 01 July 2016 08:25

The Godly Influence of Siblings

Written by Nancy Thomas


Today, I am thinking about my sister, Carol, who died after a courageous battle with cancer April 8.  More than 80 of her fellow choir members of Riverchase United Methodist Church lovingly sang in celebration of her life. She was a member for 22 years.

It’s the moms of this nation - single, married, widowed - who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. You know it’s true, don’t you? You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.  Ann Romney

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 05:22

Temperamental Grief by Olivia Pierce, LPC

Written by Olivia Pierce, LPC

Jeremiah cries out feverishly as he inquires why healing is not occurring amongst his people. 


Since my people are crushed, I am crushed, I mourn, and horror grips me.   Is there no balm in Gilead? 

Jeremiah 8:21-22 (NIV)

Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:38

We Are On Holy Ground When Listening to Others

Written by Nancy Thomas

In January, I discussed, Soul Shop, the upcoming suicide prevention training. Now, I am thankful to report that Soul Shop trained more than 150 people in the evening community discussion and the day-long training.  This month, I would like to share some of what we learned at the training from Fe Anam Avis.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 08:42

Practicing Gratitude

Written by Rebecca Rose Morris

Throughout the Bible, Christians are exhorted to be thankful to God.  The concept is mentioned over 150 times in the Bible and 33 times by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. 

In Acts, after a violent earthquake, the chains on Paul and Silas fell off and the prison doors were opened.  Paul and Silas could have escaped, but remained in prison.  One result indicated by the verse above was that by remaining present, Paul kept the prison guard from taking his own life.  At the time of the Roman Empire, if a prisoner escaped, it was customary to take the life of the guard held responsible.  The guard believed that taking his own life would shorten his shame, suffering and distress.  And so it continues today. 

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:35

The Body of Christ in Our Hurting World

Written by Rebecca Rose Morris

Christmas is upon us.  We busily decorate and shop and cook.  We know we are called by Christ to serve those in need, so we schedule time to stuff Samaritan’s Purse boxes, buy toys for Angel Tree children, and give to the Food Bank.  As we work with our church family and friends to help others, do we recognize that need comes in many forms?  As we pass each other in the halls of church every Sunday morning saying… “Merry Christmas…how are you?”... do we recognize that many of us are hiding our pain as we answer… “I’m fine, Merry Christmas!”

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