Five ways loneliness and isolation contribute to teen suicide and self-injury

Matthew and his parents entered my office and sat down on my couch.  Matthew folded his arms and stared out my window. His parents both took a deep…


5 ways to talk about faith with teenagers during the Olympics

Despite all odds, the 2020 Olympic Games are happening now in Tokyo.  The irony of the “2020” Games taking place in 2021 is not lost on the young…


Teenagers are church members, too

Teenagers naturally have selective hearing and understanding. They may walk in the obedience their parents call them to, but many haven’t chosen to…


How to talk to your kids about depression and suicide: Three questions for parents to ask

A recent survey by Active Minds found that 80 percent of college students have experienced some negative impact to their mental health during the…


The Mom of Fall

It is finally fall.  We are past the whole “back-to-school” crazy but haven’t quite hit the “holiday” crazy.  This is my favorite time…


Reflections in the Mirror

April looked intently into the foggy mirror above the bathroom sink. She could not imagine how God could possibly love the person in that…


How to calm your anxious teen (and yourself)

When my kids were younger, I remember being very excited when summer was coming to an end. At that stage of my life, in the trenches of raising…


Something worth stewing over

Something Worth Stewing Over

Happy March! I hope you’re thawing out a bit after what seems to have been the eternal polar vortex.  My family is currently enjoying…


God Gave Them Wings

Christian radio stations may cause a certain number of fender benders this month. Every May, they dust off the song “Give Them Wings” by Mark Harris,…