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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

Pursue Goals Like a Champion

Written by Olivia Pierce

The word goal tends to make us cringe, as initial thoughts include sacrifice and misery.  Building goals from a platform of achievement and satisfaction, however, makes the process seem less daunting and more palatable.  Who better than Paul, an encourager and Champion in Christ, to guide us through goal creation and attainment?  In his pep talks, he uses athletic analogies involving achievement.  In true sports psychology fashion, Paul encourages visualization and mental rehearsal to persevere.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, he writes, “run in such a way as to get the prize” instead of “running aimlessly” or “beating the air.”  If you feel like you’re fighting without purpose or spinning your wheels, here are some Paul-inspired tips for building and achieving goals.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Pastoral Care: When to Refer

Written by Saralu (Sam) Belkofer

Faith communities are the crisis hospital for souls and provider of mental and spiritual health services in our culture.  Through worship, education, fellowship and mission, the church invites people into healthy relationships with God, self and others.  Since churches offer these services to the community, then the church can count itself among the providers of mental health.

Sometimes it is appropriate for clergy to partner with service providers in the community to care for an individual, couple or family due to the degree of severity, need, availability of time, and level of training required.  In these instances, the ministry and art of referral are extensions of the Church’s ministry.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 20:45

Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace

Written by Saralu (Sam) Belkofer

Something happened too terrible to put into words.  What can we do as Christians to come to peace with such a thing and help others do the same? So often we witness tragic losses over which we had no control to stop and no power to rectify. The list is long and covers the breadth of history from the Holocaust to the recent shootings in a Church in South Carolina.

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.

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