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Social Media and Your Marriage: Top 4 Do’s and Don’ts from a Marriage Expert

by Tonya Larson, LISW

When working with couples in marriage counseling one of the first questions I will ask has to do with what they perceive as interferences to their relationship.  The answer could be that one partner spends too much time at work; or that another spends too much time golfing; or perhaps extended family is too involved […]

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Adoption-Embryo

Unique Family Building Opportunities

Urbandale, IA, February 21, 2017– Lutheran Family Service will host a FREE informational seminar on Embryo Adoption on March 20, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at 6200 Aurora Avenue Suite 410W Urbandale, Iowa 50322. “Embryo adoption gives hope to a couples struggling with infertility to not only be parents, but to also experience pregnancy […]

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Helicopter Parenting your College Aged Child

by Manda Boothby, LMHC

The difficulty of letting go Going off to college may be one of the most significant events in a person’s life as they transition from a child to an adult. They have the opportunity for their first taste of freedom and the power to make their own decisions. At least, that is the intended purpose […]

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A Christian Approach To Life’s End

by Pastor Jonathan Conner

On November 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year- old Oregon woman with terminal brain cancer, launched physician directed suicide into the national spotlight when she, with medication prescribed by her doctor, committed suicide. Before she died, she posted these words on Facebook: Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is […]

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Meet Guest Writer – Pastor Jonathan Conner

Brain numbing. That’s how Pastor Jonathan Conner feels about biographic paragraphs. But he loves words – words like propitiation (see 1 John 4:10), splagchnizomai (see “compassion” in Luke 15:10), and chesed (see “abounding in steadfast love” in Exodus 34:6). Those words will put fire in your veins – and those words are found in The […]

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Dislike Valentine’s Day? Find Your Lover Here!

by Rev. Michael Wolfram

Some say Valentine’s Day isn’t so sweet… I found an article telling how confusing Valentine’s day is for some people and how hard it is on others.  Now, you would think that having a day to say, “I love you.” to those close to you would be simple however, Reuters News Service reported that: Eight […]

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Healthy and Unhealthy Boundaries in Relationships

by Kristi Manley, LMHC, LCPC

“Good fences make good neighbors”   – Robert Frost Many people wonder about what the American poet Robert Frost meant in his poem: Mending Wall, when he repeats the old proverb: “Good fences make good neighbors.” In the context of the poem, two neighbors get together once a year to “walk the fence” that divides […]

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Mental Wellness and Aging

by Wanda Pritzel

What does a life of mental wellness into old age look like? While almost any life well lived into old age will include a variety of losses including changes in health or strength, or loss of eyesight, hearing, memory or independence, most do not have to struggle with emotional or mental health problems. Being Active Maintaining an active, […]

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Addiction – How to Help

by Kristi Manley, LMHC, LCPC

It is hard to watch your child suffer regardless of their age. The American Society of Addiction Medicine acknowledges substance abuse and substance dependence as a disease process and as such, those affected by the disease, whether the user or the family member, are considered sufferers. When your child is an adult, it is doubly […]

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Avoiding Addiction Relapse During the Holidays

by Courtney Frerichs, LMHC : Director of Counseling

The holidays can leave many people feeling like the picture to the right – stressed and in need of solace! And nothing can make a person relapse quicker than stress, therefore it’s important to take precautions and create a plan to avoid relapse this Christmas Season, and start the New Year full of faith and hope. […]

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A True, Chilling, LFS Christmas Story

This is a true story of one woman’s experience at Lutheran Family Service. It has been our privilege to get to know Diane during the past year and we share her story with you today with identifying details changed and with her permission.   Christmas Eve fell on a Saturday in 1966. Like every other […]

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