Do Something Different This Year!
Every year millions of cards are shared around the world. While you spend your precious time searching for just the right design, picking up one card after another, battling the lady in the aisle that separates you from the card you want and weaving in and out of the way of others until ultimately you settle for one that seems to portray your heart (decently enough).
All for what?
To present a card that will be appreciated for approximately 30 seconds. We all know the recipient will likely only take a moment to read it just to be polite. And ultimately the sad reality remains that nearly all of the cards you gift this season will end up in a drawer or trash can, even if you just sent out the run of the mill "buy it by the box" set of cards. It's down right wasteful!
Instead Give Something Your Friends and Family Can Actually Use!
This adorable nativity scene notebook (found here) is the perfect way to ensure that we keep Jesus at the center of our celebration, while also giving a practical gift that will be useful and visible, as opposed to the drawer of hidden cards (we all have at least one). And if you don't have one we know where you put yours!
Start A New Tradition
What Is A Man?
In a society that tells us there are no differences between men and women and in fact there are possibly hundreds of different genders - let's ground ourselves in reality - God created men and women and gave each gender special and unique characteristics.
Now that's something worthy of celebration this month!
Healthy Coping Skills
After nearly a decade of being in the Social Work world, I've probably heard and used the words "coping skills" at least a million times.
So what are coping skills and how on Earth are they going to help you through your loved one's addiction?
A coping skill can be anything.
We all have coping skills.
Some are healthy, some are not so healthy.
The goal of any coping skill is to ease whatever hurt we are experiencing.
But the goal of a healthy coping skill is to ease the hurt, while at the same time promoting safety and wellbeing.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have some useful tools that you could utilize during times of intense difficult emotion that would not only get you through the struggle, but leave you better off in the long run?
Thought tor the Day
Acceptance is knowing that God has a plan and that I don't have to know the details to trust Him. I just need to read His word and Follow His direction.
Reflect on that for a moment.
Then ask yourself, "What does acceptance mean to me?"
When our loved one is in active addiction it is sometimes difficult to be encouraged.
It can feel as though our head is barely above water.
We are trying so desperately to save them all the while we are oftentimes losing ourself.
How to Keep Your Loved One's Addiction from Controlling Your Life
*5 tips for maintaining your sanity through the struggle*
Watching your loved one struggle with an addiction is a heart-breaking experience. Your relationship to the person brings its own unique struggles. Today we will explore what addiction looks like within a marriage, tips for conquering this battle and resources should you find yourself feeling lost or alone.
But first, let's bring our concerns before the Lord in prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are the creator of marriage. You designed it to be such a beautiful expression of love and selflessness. Our marriages are meant to reflect the love that you have for the church. Husbands are called to love their wives as they love themselves, putting her well- being before his own and loving with a sacrificial love. Wives are called to submit to their husbands, as to the Lord and to be his helper.
You created this beautiful partnership. Help us to excel in our roles and to honor you by honoring the spouse you have blessed us with.
Let's be honest. Talking to someone you love about their addiction can be down right uncomfortable.
The thought of even brining up the topic is enough to give you anxiety.
You may be unsure of how they will respond or better yet, you know exactly how they're going to react and unfortunately, it isn't going to be at all what you are hoping for.
If you have ever felt nervous about starting a conversation with your loved one about their addiction then keep reading! We've got some tips that will ease your nerves and help you get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
7 TIPS FOR TALKING TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION
Being the loved one of a person with an addiction is not an easy title to hold. Today we will highlight seven things you can do to help your loved one (and yourself) through an addiction.
Let's open today's post in prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to you in search of direction and guidance. Navigating our loved one's addiction is overwhelming and we need your help. Provide us the strength and endurance to take care of ourselves and our loved one. We pray that if it is your will - that you would deliver our loved one from their addiction. We pray that they would receive complete and total healing!
God, if the answer is no or not yet, then we pray that you would continue to see us through this difficult journey. Our faith is in you alone and we trust that whatever your plan - it is good. We thank you for listening to our prayer. We praise your holy name!
In Jesus Name,
Substance Abuse Counselor