We often like to think of our life in little silos. What I do in area X should have no impact on area Y! Well, this is simply not how God made us. God created us as intricate, complex creatures - and every part of life has an impact on every other part of life. … Continue reading Physical health impacts our mental health
Life feels different. Virtually every aspect of community life has shut down in an effort to prevent the rapid spreading of a novel coronavirus. We're stuck indoors, in small groups, for an unknown amount of time. The primary concern, of course, is people’s physical health from COVID-19. Yet, with the government and community measures attempting … Continue reading 19 Mental Health Tips for Dealing with COVID-19
As a counselor, I hear this question a lot. Even from friends or fellow church members outside the space of the counseling room. Anxiety is a very normal part of our human experience. But why? God makes it so clear in Scripture that not only should we not be anxious, but that we have no … Continue reading Why are we so anxious all the time?
You probably think this is a post directed toward teenagers. Nope. Plenty of adults are on social media too, even if on fewer platforms than teens. And all it takes is one platform to impact your mental health. Are you on Facebook? Pintrest? Instagram? Then social media is impacting you, for good or for bad. … Continue reading How is social media impacting you?
None of us like rejection. The simple word feels mean. And yet, all of us face rejection at some point or another in our lives. So it’s worth asking the question: How can we respond to and handle rejection well? The most primary concern when we face rejection is the toll it takes on our … Continue reading How to handle rejection well
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and it is easy to hyper-focus onto romantic love at this time of year. Do we have it? Do we not? We celebrate with single girlfriends or romantic partners, or we hide at home avoiding the day. This is so much smaller than God’s view of love. Consider these verses from … Continue reading Finding love in 1 John
It’s the classic symptom of “craziness.” We’ve all stood in line behind the guy muttering to himself for 10 minutes. We cross the street to avoid the lady having a conversation with no one nearby. Am I one of these crazy people? I don't think so - but I do talk out loud to myself. … Continue reading Why I talk out loud to myself
iHope is a distinctly Christian counseling center. We say this often, and it’s even printed on our business cards. But what does it even mean? Christian counseling is a typical mental health counseling process, involving a client who sits down with a trained counselor to work together toward a goal - with the distinction that … Continue reading What is Christian counseling?
Humans want to be happy. We want the people we love to be happy. Of course, we know that this will not always happen, that hardship will come. But it is a particularly hard thing to watch your loved one struggle with depression. Unfortunately, your love cannot “cure” their depression. It is unlikely that you … Continue reading Dealing with your loved one’s depression
We live in a broken world. Horrible things happen on a regular basis, and I’m certain that some of those things have happened to you. Yet God calls us to forgive. Repeatedly in Scripture, God calls Christians to forgive others when they hurt us - even if they do not ask for forgiveness. Why? Simply … Continue reading Why does God want us to forgive others?