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Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6 (RSV)

 

Proverbs 22:6 promises us that our children will not depart from the teaching we provide them.  Do you know a family where children never stray?! The blessing is that most will return to the solid family teachings if the atmosphere has been a loving, respectful, healthy, character building and values based.  Below are some practical things to consider when sending your child off to college.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:43

Coping with Family Stress

Written by Nancy W. Thomas

Most of us have had the experience of family life becoming hard to manage at one time or another due to finances, career difficulties, demands of children, or marital conflict.  The tension in the family builds and children begin to squabble about everything, nothing gets done, and you feel guilty for not being able to function in complete bliss.  Does this sound familiar?

Expectant parents are bombarded with educational classes on how to nurture and care for their newborn, but who nurtures the couple during this transition?  New parents are thrown into a scary, unknown place when they go from ‘couple without kids’ to ‘couple with kids.’  Or should I say, ‘couple with sleep’ to ‘couple without sleep.’  Not only are they sleep deprived, but they are trying to figure out feeding/nap schedules, in-laws, unsolicited advice, and the car seat!  Overwhelming! 

Friday, 03 April 2015 19:15

Are You in Godís Arena?

Written by Nancy Thomas, LPC

Since the beginning of Lent, I have found myself pondering my willingness to sacrifice for my faith, family and community.  Throughout the history of the United States, remarkable sacrifices have been made by our forbearers.  Many of them had few material possessions to give, but they gave their lives in service to their faith and country.

Recently, it seems that we are touched by suicide more.  We would like to think that Christians never think about suicide, but unfortunately they do.  Faith is a deterrent to suicide for many Christians, but faith does not guarantee immunity from suicide in moments of despair.  How well equipped are you to help someone who is considering suicide?

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 17:45

Marriage NeedsÖCuriosity and Love

Written by Jessica Gibbe-Fernandez

Curiosity and exploration are normal parts of courtship and create attachment and love.  John Gottman, a leading marriage researcher, finds that for marriages to endure, couples must become better friends, support each other’s hopes and dreams for the future and learn to manage conflict.  To do this, he says that they should build healthy relationships. 

Saturday, 03 January 2015 13:11

Conversations Full of Grace

Written by Tim Goode

I bring you greetings from the staff of The Samaritan Counseling Center in Montgomery.  We are a diverse group of therapists, who work with people to find relief from an array of difficulties.  A large portion of my work encounters stressful relationships plagued with anxiety and frustration from poor communication.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:49

Making the Most of Your Holidays

Written by Nancy Thomas, LPC

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”(Luke 2:10)

 

The upcoming Christmas holidays can be marked with profound conflicting experiences.  Christmas may include joy, time for personal reflection, spiritual growth, gathering with family and friends or long held family traditions.  However, family tension, stressful schedules, financial strain, sad memories, childhood disappointments, pain, conflicts, grief and unfulfilled expectations may also be unwelcome guests.  

Monday, 03 November 2014 17:49

The Blessings of Thankfulness

Written by Nancy Thomas, LPC

I always looked forward to family holidays as a child.  Our holidays included our large extended family of four generations.  My great-grandmother, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, friends and neighbors were a part of these holidays.  Our traditions of gathering together continue although the locations and participants have changed throughout the years.  I consider these gatherings as one of life’s many blessings and we value these traditions deeply.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:06

Little is Much When God Is in It

Written by Christy Holding

 

 

Do you remember this popular 1970s and 80s hymn written by Kittie L. Suffield? The chorus says, “Little is much when God is in it! Labor not for wealth or fame; There’s a crown, and you can win it, If you go in Jesus’ name.”

 

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