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Mothers, Daughters, Sisters

Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the Beginning, Eve took from the Tree of Knowledge and ate the forbidden fruit allowing sin to enter the world. Generations of humanity suffered under the condemnation of that choice. Jesus was born in a manger long ago and went to the cross to take the sins of the world away. The ending of the story is that Jesus will crush the head of Satin once and for all. I love this picture of the Virgin Mary and Eve. In it I see the beginning, the middle, and the end of the story. I look at the sadness on Eve's face and think about how she must feel standing next to a pregnant Mary. Eve's expression of guilt at knowing that by her taking of the fru

Trust Fall

I remember being in high school and attending my first outdoor concert at the then named Angel Stadium in Southern California. The famous baseball stadium hosted top music performers and opened up the outfield to public access. I sat in the cheap seats behind 3rd base and watched everything on the huge screens that were set up on the side of the stage. I'll never forget the sight of people being thrown into the air by a circle of people holding a blanket. The one being tossed would fly 15-20 feet over the heads of the group and they would catch them on the way down with the blanket. Many people were dropped or slammed hard onto the ground and were rushed off via ambulance to nearby hospital

Hard Decisions

26 I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.” Job 3:26 (NLT) If I were to ask you if you've ever been hurt, where the hurt made you doubt yourself and all around you, most would say, "Yes." They would admit at one time or another, the feeling of hurt was rooted in distrust, abandonment, or shame that has been forced upon them. Hard decisions hurt. Like a pebble dropped in water, hard decisions have a ripple effect and can impact many which is why the decisions are not as easy as one would hope. As a result of those decisions unintended effects can result in people on the periphery feeling hurt, disconnected, and they may lash out in anger against the decision ma

Love Self and Others

For the past year, I have been on a journey of discovery to learn more about life, love, and forgiveness. I have come to a realization that the world is flooded in shame. I see shame on the faces of our clients who shame themselves. I see shame on the media who shames the President. And I see the President shaming the media in response. Citizens shame others based on political differences. Families shame each other. Coworkers shame each other and employers reply with shame. We even shame ourselves when there is no one else to shame. Shame is everywhere! What is the solution to this epidemic of shame? Well, the answer is easy to say, but it's not an easy answer to put into action. Empathy is

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