Emotional and Spiritual Health

Emotional and Spiritual Health

Cultivating A Habit of Faith

Hello Church Family: Have you ever taken a season to reflect on what seeds you are sowing into your life and into the lives of others? As Christians, we need to take pause and consider what is expected of us as we are kingdom bound and yet earthly ground. Jesus asks us to be responsible in what we sow and also to be accountable to others in how and where we sow it. In the next few weeks, you will…

Meditation for Worry and Runaway Thoughts

Greetings Church Family: I have been walking our black lab, Boone, for exercise these past few months, or should I say he walks me. It’s been very nice to feel the warm sun again and see every green thing start to bloom and grow and fill in. I find outdoor walks to be very meditative, and also encouraging as we walk with friends– who in kind have kept their masks on and kept a safe social distance during the height…

Catch Your Breath…Breathing through Stress, Anxiety and Fear

Hello Church Family and Friends: For some of us, we are very stressed out right now, and we simply can’t seem to catch a full, deep breath. Has that happened to you during this pandemic or prior to it? Would you say your anxiety level is up and/or that your stress level is high right now? Collectively, experts tell us we have something in common: our rising anxiety levels and our shallow short breath responses. If it is true that…

The Divine Law of Forgiveness During a Pandemic or Otherwise

Hello Church Family: As a licensed clinical therapist, I wouldn’t have a job if I didn’t want to hear about, or offer some interventions for conflicts happening in the home. I’m in the business of helping others make sense of things. If your marriage was stable and very happy to begin with and your home ran pretty smoothly before the coronavirus, now you may be experiencing a lot of unexpected strife and turmoil. If your marriage was in trouble before…

FORGIVENESS…The RX for Squabbles and Strife In the Home

Hello Church Family: Right now in homes all across America there are squabbles, conflict and strife going on. First, I want to validate every one of you, and the suffering, strife and turmoil that you are going through within yourselves and within your families. It is very real and some of us have reached our breaking point. I understand. What you are feeling and experiencing is something like a mind-body collision. We know how we want to think and how…

In Our Doing And Being …We Trust, God Keeps

How are you faring? This is a care and connection question that many of us are asking of our friends, family, coworkers on zoom calls, face-time, texting, cells and email. While we’ve all spent the last month in uncharted territory facing our physical safety and following safeguards to keep coronavirus out of our bodies and out of our homes, we now face another national problem that also triggers our need for security. A new phase of vulnerability has touched us…

“Looking Up” Beyond Loneliness and Loss during Quarantine

  Driveway art by Emma, Brady, and Carly Koehler.   Dear Church Family: I’d like to try on these words with you. Remembrance, Resurrection, Reflection, Relationships, Relatedness, and Resilience. For Christians, this week are our highest Holy days. We are “looking up” and remembering Christ our Lord’s ministry on earth, his death and resurrection at Easter Time. Although we cannot gather as a community due to our global quarantine, while being apart, together we can be looking up. From Jesus’…

Navigating the Quarantine and Our Unmet Needs

In this pandemic, we are all feeling a lack of some basic needs being met, hence we may feel negative emotions of isolation, anger, hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, and fear. We are in search of homeostasis, as the ability to connect with each other safely- in person- is temporarily on hold. We were told by our President and his COVID-19 team we have another 30 days to stay at home and do our part in not spreading the virus. We agree…

The Importance of Setting Structure in Your Day During a Pandemic

I’d like to share with you how to set structure in your daily lives as we live within the tension of the world which suddenly has little structure in it—with businesses and schools and institutions closed temporarily and where social distancing is put into practice during this pandemic. Daniel Seigel, a world renown neuroscience expert, gives info from his concept called  “Healthy  Mind Platter ” which asks, What is the diet of the day? I’ve included his seven suggestions below…