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4 Helpful Alternatives to “If There’s Anything We Can Do to Help…”

You may have said, “If there’s anything we can do to help, please let us know.”  But, how often will someone who needs help actually “let you know” they need it?  It’s EASY to offer help.  But it’s BETTER to actually help.  Here are some ways you can do just that:  First, tell them “We have some groceries (or home-cooked food) we’d like to bring over…when would be a good time?”  Making extra of your next meal or...
Aug 29, 2018 / Coping & Loss

How to Help Kids Cope with Divorce

Experiencing divorce is painful. Experiencing divorce with children can be even more painful. Not only is it a time when you must find the strength to move forward, but also a time when you must provide strength for your kids to move forward.  Author Tammy Daughtry shares advice for helping kids heal in her book, “Co-Parenting Works!  Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce.”  First, she explains the importance...
Mar 03, 2014 / Coping & Loss

What Do You Trust in Tough Times?

It seems like we’re surrounded by a lot of bad news lately. An unstable world economy… natural disasters… high unemployment. In the midst of so much uncertainty, where is your trust? In the government? Your bank account? Your property and possessions? Sometimes the circumstances we face can seem overwhelming. But relying on material things is not the answer. The things of the world won’t provide stability and...
Aug 12, 2013 / Coping & Loss

When It’s Time to Rebuild

Divorce… infidelity… the devastating loss of a child or spouse… these things, and others, can shatter a family. So, how do you begin the rebuilding process? First, survey the damage. Talk about it with each member of your family… really listen to the feelings they express, and be open about your own. Second, seek help from a trusted advisor or pastor who can help you sort out your emotions. Third, be patient—with...
Feb 21, 2013 / Coping & Loss

A Winter Season of Life

Winter… it can be a harsh season of blizzards, dreary skies, leafless trees and brown grass. But winter is so important… if the grass didn't freeze, if the trees didn't shed, if the flowers didn't fade, we wouldn't have such rich foliage and vibrant growth in the spring. Maybe you're going through a winter season in your life right now…maybe it's the loss of a job, a serious illness, or death of a family member....
Jan 13, 2012 / Coping & Loss

9/11: 10 Years Later

The attacks on 9/11 took the lives of 3,497 people. But for those that survived, this September marks 10 years of mourning. 10 years of hurting. 10 years of learning to live without those they love. About 3,000 children lost a parent that Tuesday. 10 years later, the remembrance is especially significant for two reasons. The man ultimately responsible, Osama Bin Laden, is no longer a threat. And the long awaited...
Sep 09, 2011 / Coping & Loss

When it’s Time to Rebuild

Divorce… infidelity… the devastating loss of a child or spouse… these things, and others, can shatter a family. So, how do you begin the rebuilding process? First, survey the damage. Talk about it with each member of your family… really listen to the feelings they express, and be open about your own. Second, seek help from a trusted advisor or pastor who can help you sort out your emotions. Third, be patient—with...
Jan 01, 1970 / Coping & Loss

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