Today is National Black Dog Day

A guest post by my friend Jan Dunlap…   Today is National Black Dog Day, and to celebrate, I’m giving our black lab mix Gracie a fresh bone from our local butcher. To be honest, I celebrate Gracie every day, because she helped me get my life back when I was unwittingly shutting myself away from life with an uncontrolled anxiety order.  Her ability to enjoy life – to be totally in...
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The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

For years I have followed the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. He is one of the world’s leading trauma experts. I’ve read his research, listened to him in person, and followed his ongoing work in the field of PTSD. Dr. van der Kolk releases a seminal piece of decades of research,  in two days: The Body Keeps the Score I ordered it, but won’t be able to read for two more days....
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America’s Soldiers Singing “Days of Elijah” at Camp Pendleton

      This video taken at Camp Pendleton shows U.S. Marines at a Christian worship service singing the upbeat Christian song, “Days of Elijah.” As reported by The Blaze, “A description of the video, which was first posted to Facebook Sunday by a woman named Merrie Pardee Baldwin, reads, “Participatory worship.”   Hope in encourages you like it did...
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A New Way To Consider Relationships With Messy Endings (Children of the Day by Beth Moore)

Today I started attending a Bible study at my church. It’s been ten years since I’ve been a part of a group study like this. It felt great to be back after so many years.   There was a day I would attend two to four Bible studies a week. That went on for the first dozen years after I committed my life to Christ. Then I went to grad school so I had to pour my time and energy into that...
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The Unlikely Way Therapy Heals Emotional Pain

In grad school my professor told the class about his cat’s injured paw. The veternarian  told him the wound would try to heal too quickly. My teacher was instructed by the vet to peel the scab back each day.   Being a counselor is a lot like that. People bury their pain, thinking that’s an effective way to move on and get over the hurt. I promise you, it will not work.   A feeling...
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