Devotional #5: Role Models

Devotional #5: Role Models

I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me. 1 Corinthians 4:16 (NRSV)   One of the goals of psychiatric therapy is to assist a person with a chemical imbalance, or mental illness, to become more independent, to be able to stand on one’s own two feet as it were....
Devotional #4: Independence

Devotional #4: Independence

Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 (NRSV)   As a child I was not encouraged to be independent. “Children should be seen and not heard” was...
Devotional #3: The Father’s House

Devotional #3: The Father’s House

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and...
Devotional #2: A Thorn in the Flesh

Devotional #2: A Thorn in the Flesh

Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh…. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness,”… for whenever I am...
Devotional #1: Patterns

Devotional #1: Patterns

And see that you make them according to the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain. Exodus 25:40 (NRSV)   The uniqueness of the Judeo-Christian tradition is that God Himself comes and dwells among His people. In the Old Testament era it was...
About Mental Problems

About Mental Problems

Provide support and informed guidance, not advice. When it comes to mental illness, advice should come from mental health professionals and can cause heightened barriers when it comes from a supporter. Additionally, offer empathy and compassion, not sympathy. To...
Telling the Monster Goodnight

Telling the Monster Goodnight

Early on in elementary school, my daughter started showing signs of what I thought was normal childhood anxiety. If you can envision dropping your child off at school only to have to go through the motions three or four times to get them out of the car — that was our...
Helping The Mind

Helping The Mind

It’s yet another year and another opportunity to make a real impact on your health. One thing you will never hear from me is coaching people to do a fad diet, weight loss hacks or unhealthy short cuts. Dramatic changes come with sticking to the sound principles of...