How to talk about abusive relationships

When I tell people what I do for a living, they usually say, “Wow! I could never do that. It must be so hard!” I always respond with, “Oh, but it’s so rewarding.” 

Every time this conversation topic comes up, I am struck by how intense people’s reactions are. Few people believe they would be capable of handling the kind of work that I do, and I want to change that.

I am a mental health counselor who specializes in working with people who have experienced sexual assault or intimate partner violence at some point in their life...

Benefits of Planned Giving as a Christian

The world tries to convince us that once certain things are obtained (money, sex, fame, personal pride) you will be happy. The reality however is that you can have everything in the world but if you don’t have God, you have nothing...

3 Legacy Giving Questions to Ask Yourself When Planning Your Will

My husband and I have each had “get a proper will” on our personal to-do lists for an embarrassingly long time. We initially each started with a very simple will that we did online. We knew we both wanted to create a more detailed estate plan eventually, but figured having simple wills set up to take care of our son and name the wills’ executors was much better than having no wills at all.*

Fast-forward to today, and we are now finally working on what I like to call “Will 2.0...

A Heart Changed by Jesus

A loving smile was all Ethel wanted from her mother.

But each time she looked to her mother for approval she felt a distance between them. A distance that existed because Ethel’s mother believed her daughter’s disability was a punishment. She believed that Ethel’s clubbed feet were the result of some past wrongdoing, and she felt shame every time Ethel looked at her.

What are the Benefits of Planned Giving for My Family?

I recently finished my first will, as did my husband (in Wisconsin, where we live, individual wills are required). I included provisions for giving to some specific organizations after paying for the care of our son, should I die while he is still a minor. The completion of the will, along with the planned giving portion, was a huge weight off my shoulders—especially since it’s been on my to-do list since he was born nearly two years ago...

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