13 Reasons Why

April 24, 2017

A new Netflix original show related to suicide is drawing a lot of attention, some viewers seeing it as very positive while others are having a more negative reaction to the show and its content. The show is an adaptation of the book by the same name, written by Jay Asher. For parents, the first […]

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The Beauty in Humanity

April 4, 2017

Recently, I’ve had the conversation about the beauty in humanity with a couple of different people. It seems that as humans, we constantly live in shame of our humanity. We are always focused on the negative; always focused on the belief that we are not good enough. If we aren’t criticizing ourselves, we are criticizing […]

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When the Father Carries You

March 13, 2017

I’ve always resonated with the “life is a journey” metaphor. I love adventure, and there’s always more to explore in life. Once, I was in a serious conversation with someone about how far I’d come on my own life journey and where I felt I currently stood. Knowing faith’s important role in my life, he […]

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Packing Tips for the Journey Ahead

March 7, 2017

I don’t know about you, but my already full life seems to get a little fuller with each passing day. The thing is, I absolutely love what I’m doing, but the pace feels risky at times. You remember bike rides when you get to the top of the hill and look all the way down? […]

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Beginning Your Journey Toward Self-Acceptance

February 23, 2017

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world; our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”*   The second half of this quote by Brene Brown lingers with me. A sense of belonging is something that everyone desires. Like most people, I have […]

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January 27, 2017

Recently, the concept of neuroplasticity (the brain’s lifelong ability to rewire itself through our experiences) has become an increasingly popular research subject. Researchers have found that we are not permanently limited due to our past experiences. No matter how old we become, the connections our brain has made in the past don’t have to define […]

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How Your Child Feels Seen and Heard

January 19, 2017

Do you remember the old Verizon commercial where a man would go out to different remote parts of the country and ask “Can you hear me now?” as he spoke on the phone? Sometimes I imagine that is what it must be like for some children. Children so desperately want the attention and affection of […]

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What Is Play Therapy?

January 5, 2017

“Birds fly, fish swim, and children play.” – Gary Landreth What is Play Therapy and can my child benefit from it? As a parent, perhaps you have found yourself asking this two-part question. Play Therapy at its heart is a method of therapy that speaks the natural language of children, which is play. As children […]

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This Video Game Could Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

January 3, 2017

Over the years, many publications have focused on the detrimental effects of video games. Researchers have extensively investigated potential connections between video games and violence. But are there any beneficial games out there for those of us who enjoy these unique forms of creative digital entertainment? According to author and game developer, Jane McGonigal, video […]

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Practicing Gratefulness

December 27, 2016

  On two separate occasions within this past week, I met some longtime friends for dinner.  We spent the time together telling stories to catch one another up on our latest happenings.  Laughter, love, and joy filled the atmosphere. Being with people I care about but do not get to see regularly creates in me […]

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True Gifts of Christmas

December 23, 2016

Holidays are tough. They are filled with to-do lists, expectations, shopping bags, endless trips to the grocery, rushing to perfect everything for the guests that will arrive soon, packed-full parking lots, kids hyped up on sugar, etc., etc., etc. These days can often be exhausting and overwhelming. And on top of that, Christmas is a […]

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What Does Your Child REALLY Want This Christmas?

December 21, 2016

It’s that time of year! Perhaps you stood in long Black Friday shopping lines. Or maybe instead you are filling a virtual shopping basket and counting the days to ensure a timely arrival. Maybe you are creatively balancing the budget to see what resources are available for gift giving this holiday season. Whatever situation you […]

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Five Minutes of Self-Compassion

December 7, 2016

By Refuge Intern Corey Springer “I don’t have time to take care of myself.” It’s a statement spoken far too often by individuals who have found themselves swimming in a sea of responsibilities where they feel they are drowning. “I feel selfish when I focus on my own needs,” others say. Many people have never […]

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