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Integration of the Shadow

Integration of the Shadow

This blog post is Part 3 in a 4-part blog series on Integrated Faith. (If you missed the first blog post, you can find it here.) In this blog series, I am taking a look at aspects of our spiritual lives that might be out of step or disconnected with the rest of our...
Pay Your Taxes

Pay Your Taxes

Recently, I paid my taxes for the year. Like most people, I can get grumpy about paying taxes. It feels bad to have a big chunk of my paycheck disappear each month. But as much as I might dislike paying my taxes, it’s a part of life. Because I choose to live in this...
4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

4 Steps for Dealing with Anger

Often in our culture today, we think of anger as a negative emotion. We think about anger as something we need to do away with. If we get too angry, it can be scary. We might have to go to anger management classes. So many of us push down our anger and stuff it, not...
How To Talk About Politics Over the Holidays

How To Talk About Politics Over the Holidays

We probably have all had the experience of getting into a fight about politics over the holidays. Maybe it’s that one relative or friend who likes to bring up the latest news cycle over Thanksgiving dinner. Like a slowly detonating bomb, before you know it, you’re red...
What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

Usually when people come to counseling, they are in emotional distress. If you are struggling, you might be in that place right now. Maybe you feel depressed, down, and sad. Or perhaps you feel anxious, uptight, and nervous. You want relief from the unpleasant...
Resisting, Accepting, Learning

Resisting, Accepting, Learning

Last week, I hurt my back during my workout. I went to the doctor, and the good news is that it is just a strained muscle. The bad news is that it hurts really bad, and I’ve been hobbling around like an 85-year-old. (No offense to any of my readers who are, in fact,...
How Secure is Your Ladder?

How Secure is Your Ladder?

My pastor shared something a few weeks ago that has helped me as I have processed through the results from the election this week. He told the story of a team of workers that was fixing his house. Part of the job involved working near the roof on the side of the...
4 Ways to Cope with Pain

4 Ways to Cope with Pain

There are not many constants in life, but one is that we will experience pain. We may not like it, but it’s part of our reality as human beings. We experience physical pain and sickness. Relationships get strained and break down. Divorces happen. The cancer test comes...
How to Forgive: Ask the Experts

How to Forgive: Ask the Experts

One thing I struggle with is how to forgive the people in my life who hurt me. I try to remember that we all make mistakes, but when someone I love does something that hurts me, I have trouble forgiving that person. I replay what happened in my mind, and I feel sad...
Finding Rest in God

Finding Rest in God

Religion is a mixed bag, isn’t it? I know religion feels mixed for me. There are some aspects of religion and Christianity that I absolutely love. I love the focus on loving God and loving others. I love the concept of grace. I love the focus on healing and living...
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