Satan’s Candy Store

Satan offers us brightly wrapped candy, very appealing to the eye and enticing in what he purports that it provides us. If we buy it and eat it, we will taste sweetness – but just for a moment. The candy then turns bitter in our mouths and the bitterness is so awful, we become desperate […]

Before the Throne

How do you imagine it will be when you stand before the Throne of God in the Kingdom of Heaven?   We will give an account, Scripture tells us (Matthew 12:36, Romans 14:12, Hebrews 4:13, I Peter 4:5) and everything will be laid bare.  So do you imagine yourself standing before God with eyes downcast, […]

Mental Health Needs

All humans share some basic, fundamental needs that must be fulfilled in order to be mentally healthy individuals. Those needs are love and connection, exploration and imagination, purpose, and identity. Let’s begin with identity. If we asked you who you are, how would you answer? You could describe your physical characteristics – are you a male or female? […]

Addiction

Addiction is a compulsion to use a harmful substance(s) or participate in self-injurious behaviors despite the knowledge that the substance or behavior can cause harm to themselves or others. We treat addiction through the lens of the deeper process issues underlying the addictive behaviors, such as trauma, depression, and anxiety. The research is clear that […]

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is essentially defined as a state of emotional well-being characterized by flexibility, adaptability, the ability to cope effectively with issues that arise, and sufficient social connection to provide support during difficult times. We believe it’s important to talk openly about mental health so that we will seek those attitudes, beliefs, and, behaviors which […]

What We Believe

What we believe determines how we feel. What is your inner language? How do you talk to yourself? For example, do you say things to yourself like “I’m so stupid” or “I can’t do anything right” or “I’ll never be good enough”? If you do, finding new, positive things to say to yourself, such as, […]

Loneliness

Loneliness is often equated with being alone, but it goes much deeper than solitude. Solitude can, in fact, feel rejuvenating, while loneliness deepens feelings of depression and hopelessness. Loneliness is the absence of connection to others, significant attachments, or meaningful relationships. Humans are social creatures and require attachment from infancy to thrive. The need for […]