Encouragement for all stages of family life

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Get Ready

Get Ready

We never know what's going to happen.

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For These Tough Times

For These Tough Times: Reaching toward heaven for hope & healing Max Lucado Adapted from several of Max Lucado’s other books, this pocketsize book is easy reading, but offers no easy answers.  Unlike many books offered about tragedy and loss, this one doesn’t offer touchy, feely easy answers. Lucado, pastor of Oak Hills Church in

My Apologies

Nearly a month ago I promised some tips on handling the holidays with mental illness in your family. I failed on that promise. As many of you experienced, our family went through a relapse crisis with our son. It’s not over yet. I’m not sure I even see the end in sight at this point.

The Chronological Study Bible

Many resources are available to read the Bible in chronological order. And, although it is interesting to read David’s psalms along with his life story, it sheds little light on God’s work in history. The Chronological Study Bible from Thomas Nelson illuminates God’s story by placing the inspired Scripture in the context of the history

House of Dark Shadows

When I read the prologue to House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo, I thought the book was going to be an edge-of-your-seat suspense. I was disappointed; House is less suspense and more a journal of the King family, around whom the story revolves. Rather than an adult book, this should be considered YA. The

Grand Opening

Blogs of Books is now open for reviews. Books of all stripes will be reviewed. I will always try to give an honest opinion to help you make the most of your book reading time. When possible, I’ll include a link to sample chapters or other excerpts. Disagree with my assessment? Say so. Has my

Coping with the Holidays

Holidays are hard. Crowded schedules, family expectations, self expectations, and physical and emotional drain. For our loved ones who suffer with brain disorders that cause emotional distress, all the stress of the holidays is even worse. While we are planning joyous celebrations, our ill family member may be just trying to deal with the daily

Sacrifice of Praise

Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name (Hebrews 13:15 AMP). Do you know where your loved one is this Thanksgiving? If so, give a sacrifice of praise. Is your

Vote Mental Health 3

This will be my last post on the elections. After all, you do need time to consider your choices. Even in local media, the focus is on the presidential election. For those dealing with mental health issues, local elections can be more important. Most departments of mental health are governed locally. Yes, state and federal

Vote Mental Health 2

More issues concerning mental health are important in the upcoming election: Restoring the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), mental health care for military personnel, recognition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for returning combat veterans, support for family caregivers to name a few. Not all of these issues can, or should be legislated, but candidates