community, mental health & wellness, work & vocation

We Need To Talk

"We need to talk." What do you think of when you hear those words? I've been realizing over the last several months that, when I hear something like that, I immediately assume the worst. I worry, sometimes for days, that either a) I'm in trouble or b) someone close to me is in trouble. But… Continue reading We Need To Talk

mental health & wellness

How to Hear Sad Stories: With Mental Health First Aid

Well, I took my own blog's advice recently and shared a sad story with someone (not with humor, alas, but perhaps with some holiness). Gratefully, the person listened well, joining the handful of other effective listeners I've experienced and observed. So, now, I'm turning to the topic: How should we hear sad stories? Mental Health… Continue reading How to Hear Sad Stories: With Mental Health First Aid

mental health & wellness, ministry, spiritual

How to Tell Sad Stories: With Holiness

How can we tell sad stories? Whether in conversation, in therapy, in writing, or otherwise, this can be a terrifying task. I think the characteristics of Christ described in Hebrews 12 have something to say about this. Here, the apostle Paul advises "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that… Continue reading How to Tell Sad Stories: With Holiness

arts & creativity, book reflections, mental health & wellness

How to Tell Sad Stories: With Humor

"You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice." - Hazel Grace Lancaster This is my favorite line in all of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, slipped in subtly on page 209 right before the climax is about to arrive and… Continue reading How to Tell Sad Stories: With Humor

mental health & wellness, spiritual

I asked God if it was okay to be introverted

This is the first post in my "God Says Yes" series.   I'm not just alluding again to Kaylin Haught's poem here. I've actually asked God if it's okay to be introverted. Why would we think it's not okay to be introverted? Introverts look around us and extroverts seem to be most visible. At work and school, we… Continue reading I asked God if it was okay to be introverted