“How are you feeling, Mom?” was the simple, genuine question asked by my youngest. It would normally be followed up with, “Can I get you anything?” because that’s just the generous and caring heart he is. But we didn’t get that far in the conversation this time because his first question just opened the valve to the Niagra Falls of tears I’d been successfully holding back all weekend in my attempts to remain strong and courageous.
That wasn’t the display I wanted him to see. It wasn’t the answer I wanted to give. Not because I think it’s wrong for our kids to see our true emotions, but because if I was being honest, I didn’t want to be in that situation. We had prayed—oh how we had prayed, and had many praying as well, but for whatever reason, God did not answer our prayers the way we had hoped, and my circumstances remained grim and daunting. I was on the side of truth when clearly truth was neither valued nor appreciated, but in fact, punished. [more]
Souvenirs. Don’t you love them? A token, a remembrance, something to bring a tangible reminder of a day or event gone by but that holds significance long after the moment has passed.
I love trips ~ seeing new places, visiting people, making memories. But in our family, part of the fun of travel is both the anticipation before we leave and then the recollection of the voyage after. We love to spontaneously start the game of “What are you looking forward to?” then each family member takes a turn sharing what they anticipate with excitement about the trip. Afterward, I enjoy hearing what everyone most enjoyed about the trip and seeing how the before and after games synched up. [more]
This week while Dr. Bengtson is continuing to recover from a several week-long bout with pneumonia, her friend and author, Kristine Brown, will be answering a question based on her newly released book, “Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan.” A reader asks: I enjoy social media, but it seems like everyone I see has a life that looks like a fairy tale, which leaves me feeling like the only person with issues. I know in my head this isn’t true, so how can I keep from feeling this way? Kristine Brown shares four steps you can take towards conquering comparison.
The call came in to my office on a Monday morning. Her mother, cancelling her appointment. She wouldn’t be coming in for her evaluation for diagnosis and treatment plan…she had attempted suicide over the weekend and was still in the hospital.
We hadn’t met yet, but I wish we had. There was so much I would have told her. My heart breaks for her and the 5400 teenagers who attempt suicide EVERY DAY in the United States. I’m so glad she wasn’t one in 25 who succeeded in her attempt to end her life. Most people who consider suicide don’t want to die—they just want the pain to end. I understand. I wish I could tell her that and so much more. We could talk for hours, days even, but here is just a snippet of what I would say to the patient I didn’t get to meet. [more]
This week while Dr. Bengtson is continuing to recover from a several week-long bout with pneumonia, her friend and author Jayme Hull, will be answering a question based on her newly released book, “Face To Face Discover How Mentoring Can Change Your Life.”
I know your book is about mentoring but how did your passion for mentoring begin?
Great question. When I arrived in NYC to become a Broadway star, I often felt about two inches tall and totally lost. Just a number in a huge crowd, surrounded by highly competitive people. Sure, I attended classes and knew a few people but I was not connected and certainly not plugged into a close community. [more]
Have you ever had those times when you were really growing in your walk with the Lord? Confident in Him and who you are in Him?
Or what about those times when you just felt like your walk could use a little help?
One of the things I appreciate most about our Lord and Savior is that He meets us where we are. I see this in how He related to His friends, the sisters, Mary and Martha.
I remember the richness of knowing I was squarely in the center of His will, and moving in tandem with Him. I was growing in my walk, and delighting in the deepening intimacy with my Savior. [more]