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December 2016 Archives

Soon, we will all be shouting, “Happy New Year!” It’s a warm and hopeful sentiment because we know that happy people live longer, are healthier and live more prosperous lives. But how we try to find happiness matters. Scripture confirms […]

Do you go to church? When you ask your friends this question, what do they say? Does religion influence your life on a daily basis? A number of people you might informally poll may represent a trend we are seeing across […]

You bring your laptops to class. It’s a given, right? And some of your classmates may actually be using them for the classwork being discussed. I often sit at the back of the lecture hall when another professor is lecturing. I can […]

Watching the TV commercials and Christmas movies, you could easily forget about the true meaning of Christmas. So part of the challenge during this final weekend of Christmas is to be intentional about the holiday and focus on the spiritual […]

I am divorced and think my ex spends way too much money on Christmas gifts for our two young kids. This is causing tension between us. It feels like a competition I can’t win. I find myself spending too much […]

What if there was a way to reduce pain and the use of narcotics? What if you could go through child birth without an epidural and work through the pain? Sign me up! Virtual reality (VR) might be an answer. […]

Reader Question: Every year, we have this family conflict. My husband’s parents live about three hours away and mine are six hours away, in opposite directions. Both sets of parents want us to spend Christmas with them. How do we handle […]

Reader Question: My ex-husband has and I have divorced and he has visitation rights with our two children, ages seven and nine. The kids were scheduled to visit him over the Christmas holidays, but circumstances have changed and I would […]

I was a bit taken aback when church members were fighting over the type of bread to be used during communion. Apparently the staff was accused of being gluten insensitive to those with allergies and two forms of communion bread […]

I’ve heard so many stories of hurt related to family cut off in my 25 years of being a family therapist. The person who cuts off is offended and angry.  And the cut off family usually desire contact and relationship. Cut off […]