All posts in Family

Who’s in Your Spiritual Family?

If you know anything about me and my most common writing topics, you know my family of origin has seen our share of rough times. Severe mental illness, along with its attendant hardships, is capable of disrupting every aspect of family life, including connections between family members. I’m familiar with those disruptions, and I’m thankful […]

Q&A: How Can I Ask My Church for Help with Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Remember, Mental Illness Doesn’t Tell the Full Story

In the history of this world, no one has told more lies than the father of lies himself. But mental illness plays a close second. Earlier this week, Irish singer Sinead O’Connor posted a video on Facebook, claiming she was alone in a hotel room in New Jersey, she was without support, and everyone she […]

Guest Post: Can We Train up a Child not to Ditch Church?

Here’s another post from my friend Janelle Alberts (you can read more about her and her work at the end of this post). Janelle is a writer who equips Christian parents to raise their kids with faithful confidence. I hope you’ll enjoy reading her tips on keeping kids engaged with the church.   We’ve all […]

Making Marriage Beautiful – A Book Review

Dorothy Greco is a friend of mine—and a wise and thoughtful woman. This is why I was interested in reading her book Making Marriage Beautiful. I thought it would be a different kind of Christian marriage book, one that stands out from the host of less thoughtful, unoriginal books that make me wonder whether the […]

Guest Post: 8 Keys to Helping Kids Stay Engaged and Work Hard

Of all the guest bloggers I’ve featured here, this one is my favorite. And it’s a good thing, too, because I’m married to him. But marriage to me (and being father to two teenagers) is not all Trevor does. He has nearly 25 years of experience in serving adolescents and their families as a youth […]

Guest Post: How Forgiveness Healed Me

Please enjoy this post from my friend Saleama Ruvalcaba (you can learn a little more about her and her book at the end of this post). Saleama is a writer, student, and home educator who loves to share her own story of transformation so others can find the freedom she has found.   It was […]

Q&A: How Do I Maintain Boundaries with Someone Who Has Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

Guest Post: Tips for a Healthy and Balanced School Year

This week I’m pleased to present a guest post from my number-one favorite person in the world: my husband, Trevor. I think you’ll like him too (most people do). But he’s not only a great guy; he’s also someone who has dedicated nearly 25 years to serving adolescents and their families in various ways, whether […]

Guest Post: Finding Home

I’d like to introduce you to my friend Helen Cottee, a fellow coach and leader whose post I suspect will resonate with many of you. You can read about her work at the end of this post. In the meantime, enjoy this piece of her story and the encouragement she has for you.   February […]

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