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Does your past plague your today?

What has been done to you and what you have experienced, does not need to be a life sentence of despair. Abandonment. Alcoholism. Adultery. Abuse. Addiction. Divorce. Poverty. Suicide. We don’t get to choose what runs in our family or how we’ve been touched by these...

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The S word nobody wants to say

Every death is a sad event, but deaths by suicide are especially tragic. For one thing, suicide is preventable, and it’s all too often a permanent response to a temporary problem. Another reason is that suicides create victims beyond the deceased, as friends and...

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Why trauma-informed care is important

Medical science has learned much about the ways our brains work, and some of the most important discoveries focus on the interaction between our physical and mental health. As researchers discover more about the effects emotions have upon the brain’s functioning,...

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Welcome Sarah Barksdale!

For more than two decades, Sarah has loved, served and helped a wide range of people in many diverse settings. Having experienced grace firsthand through her own life’s journey, she has learned that no one is beyond grace and finds joy in seeing lives turned around...

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Supporting employees’ mental health as they return to work

As companies that shifted to work-from-home mode or furloughed employees in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to bring their people back to the workplace, managers are focused on a long list of details. Are desks or workstations far enough apart? Do...

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Overcoming anxiety about wearing masks

While there’s been a lot of debate about the value of wearing masks to prevent COVID-19, many communities, schools, and stores have issued mandates. For some people, putting on a mask is a simple act that takes little thought. For others, masks create anxiety … and...

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Praising God for this past year… notes from Brittany Smith

My beloved Friends and Family, On July 7, 2020 I spoke at a camp to about 125 girls about what it means to trust God when you don’t know what He is doing. For about the last 6 months I have wanted to write thank you notes to many of you for the support and love you...

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The importance of churches in our community

We’re at one of the most divisive times in our nation’s history, and the tension is being felt right here at home. We’ve seen protests in our communities, our social media feeds are packed full of angry messages from people on every side of issues, and even family...

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If your kids are anxious about returning to school

Masks. Social distancing in the hallways. New rules for recess and the cafeteria. As school districts roll out their strategies for contending with COVID-19, many parents are worried about the well-being of their children. And while you’re dealing with your concerns,...

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Keeping your marriage strong in a world of unknowns

There’s been a lot of discussion about how COVID-19 has affected workplaces, healthcare, schools, and other high-profile parts of life. But one of the most significant impacts of the pandemic doesn’t receive a lot of public discussion. What is it? Marriage. I don't...

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