Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

by Linda Kramer

The first time that I heard this phrase was at the end of the 2012 Summer Olympics when swimmer Michael Phelps announced he was quitting swimming (he later changed his mind). I was completing a vacation in Hawaii and found this phrase helpful. Just recently, I have adopted this phrase as last month my husband and I […]

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Avoiding Addiction Relapse During the Holidays

by Courtney Frerichs, LMHC

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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What to Do When Your Partner Will Not Attend Marriage Counseling

by Lynnette Aschinger, LISW

When one is experiencing a personal crisis such as serious marriage problems, it is very difficult to know where to turn for help.  Many times, couples wait before doing anything and the end result can be one of the following: divorce, chronic marriage problems, or living with a life time of pain and hurt. A marriage is worth the effort and of course marriage counseling is one of those options, but for the spouse who can’t enlist cooperation from the other spouse, don’t settle!  Do something!  There are resources out there to help and I want to highlight a few, especially when a partner will not attend counseling with you.

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Got Hope?

by Rev. Michael Wolfram

Hope! It is an intrinsic part of human existence! • Every farmer hopes that it will rain and he will have a good yield • Every businessman purchases goods hoping that he can sell it and make profits • Every student hopes to do well on the exams. • Every athletic team takes the field […]

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Coping with a Diagnosis of Dementia

by Nicole Kehoe

It is likely that at some point in your life, you know someone who has been diagnosed with a Dementia-related disease.  Maybe you have witnessed, or have experienced yourself, what a life-altering event this can be for individuals and their loved ones.  It can create a great deal of fear surrounding the future as symptoms […]

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The Beauty of Marriage

by Sarah Walters

As I write this, I am just five days away from getting married myself, so you’ll have to excuse me for having marriage on my mind. Don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about how great the hem on my dress turned out or how good of a deal we got on the church decorations, or […]

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National Clergy Appreciation Month

by Rev. Max Phillips

The stress on pastors has never been light and these days with fewer pastors coming out of seminary the burden is growing. It is not unusual to know several pastors in each district of our church who are now serving three parishes. Quite a few serve either two congregations with many acting as chaplains for various emergency services organizations or other ministry enterprises in addition to serving a congregation. While the increasing volume of work isn’t necessarily bad, it is essential that these extra efforts are recognized for the good that the Lord does through them and that the pastors are encouraged and supported as they take on the extra load.

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12 Simple Things You Can Do To Make A Difference In This World

Celebrate “National Make A Difference Day” every day! Use this list of 12 simple ways to make a positive impact today. Brought to you buy Lutheran Family Service.

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Do You Ever Feel Stuck? Do the Next Right Thing

by Toni Larson

The older I get, the simpler I like life to be.  I have carried this over to my therapy practice as well.  When describing the therapy process to clients in the initial session, there are times when I will say “therapy isn’t rocket science.” I explain that I use no particular formula for therapy and […]

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss – What Can I Do To Help?

by Tracy Stetzel

The loss of a baby is almost always unforeseen. Despite medical advances, nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or still birth. ( Most of us feel helpless and unsure of what to say to couples who have lost a child this way. We can, however, learn more about the […]

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