Time Together

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 Time Together—Too Much or Too Little?    By: Rev. Dr. Ronald Lehenbauer, LMFT, LCC Pastoral Counselor Never Enough TimeIn our hectic modern times many couples and families have difficulty finding enough time to spend together.  Work and school and schedules keep us so busy, we have to be very intentional about scheduling time for connection with family and spouses and our close relationships.   Then, Too Much TimeOr perhaps in this past year we’ve encountered the opposite problem – too much time together.  The pandemic has isolated us in our homes – many even working...

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The Right Amount of Help For Our Young Adult Children?

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And what would that be?  By Elizabeth Geiling, MSED, LMHC . .   Changing ExpectationsEmerging Adulthood, defined as 18-25 years of age is a critical juncture in development that sets the stage for the transition into adulthood and independent living (Arnett, 2000). In the last several decades, the societal expectations for emerging adults has changed dramatically. Previously, these years included developmental milestones like leaving the parental home, acquiring a full time job, getting married, becoming a parent and assuming independent living.  Prolonged DependanceCurrently,...

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  Rev. Dr. Ronald W. Lehenbauer, LMFT, LCC Pastoral Counselor Do you know anyone who has a negative impression of you?  That’s very unpleasant, isn’t it?  Who was it that said, “You can’t please all the people all the time.”  But maybe you’d like to correct that negative impression if you can.  It could be a co-worker or boss, or a family-member, or a friend-acquaintance, or even a spouse.  They may not verbalize it, but somehow you sense it – by their body language or tone of voice or facial expression. How might you correct a negative impression they have of...

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Practical Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom

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By Rev. Kirk Bingaman, PhD In recent years, I have been focusing on neuroscientific findings, which reveal that far from being fixed and unchanging, the human brain has a remarkable capacity for growth and change across one’s entire lifespan. Neuroscientists have only scratched the surface in terms of what is known about the human brain, which leads me back to the words of the psalmist: we humans are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:14). The research holds great promise for helping us find ways to live abundantly and less anxiously, even in these challenging and uncertain...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

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By Danita WrightMay 20, 2019 Today’s society appears to be overwhelmingly in emotional pain and distress. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 17.3 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2017; 11 million had a depressive episode that impaired their daily life. 19.1% percent of the population of the United States has had difficulty with anxiety. These numbers are staggering but let’s look at some of the causes: bullying, depression, physical and sexual abuse, infertility. Statistics show that 49% of children grades 4-12 have been bullied, 30.8% admit to...

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Protecting the Innocence of Children: Teaching Resiliency

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By Janet Siry, LCSWMarch 15, 2019 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.  Mark 10: 13-15 NIV Every Sunday, when I watch the children come forward for children’s sermon, I cannot help but smile. As I look at their faces, I see curiosity, innocence,...

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