The Struggle is Real: Helping Teens with Mental Health

About 20% of teens struggle with mental health. You’ve probably had a teenager who has wrestled with this, and a significant part of your youth group likely experiences some kind of mental health issue. So how can you help? The good news is that as a Youth Minister and someone walking with teens in the…

I Thought They Were the One

Having had a relationship in high school that I thought was leading to marriage fall apart, I was left feeling confused and upset. My feelings and dreams for the future were crushed as the relationship crumbled. It’s heavy and it hurts. Leaving a serious relationship can leave you lost, angry, sad, and confused on what…

Made for Leisure

Are you a human being, or a human doing? That might sound like a funny question but throughout our normal schedules it’s easy to jump from one task to another without really thinking about what is going on. In the hustle and bustle of life, family, and work, it is a fair question to ask…

Hatred and Forgiveness

On February 28th, 1944 Nazi soldiers broke into the house of Corrie ten Boom and arrested her with her entire family for hiding Jews in their family home. The Nazis sent Corrie and her sister to Ravensbrück concentration camp where Corrie’s sister died. Corrie was released from the camp and made it a mission to…

Evangelizing with Anxiety

In college, I remember feeling super anxious and overwhelmed at the thought of sharing my faith with other people. I remember thinking I’ll be too awkward, they’ll think I am weird, I don’t know what to say. While I slowly got less anxious about sharing my faith with new people, I realized that, despite suffering…

Why Jesus Matters

Memento Mori One of my favorite books by a priest named Fr. Larry Richards starts off with the words You are going to die! What a morbid start to a book, right? But the reality is it’s true. One day we will all cease to breathe and then what? Memento Mori is a Latin phrase which means…

The Sacrament of the Present Moment

In therapy and in my own life I am always seeing the need for mindfulness and staying present in the given moment. For many of us this can be a real challenge when we are thinking of our plans for this summer, what’s for dinner tonight, or maybe regretting something that has happened in our past. For…

Praying with Anxiety and Depression

Have you ever been in adoration and thought “Why can’t I stay focused in prayer?!” Have you ever been silently praying and all of a sudden you are consumed with fear, doubt, or stress? Most people don’t like to be alone with their thoughts. If you struggle with anxiety and depression you may find it…

Are you in a Toxic Relationship?

Have you or a friend ever been in a relationship where the other person was a little too needy, controlling, or demanding? Too often we can see the effects of how an unhealthy relationship can affect someone mentally, emotionally and spiritually. So how would you know if your relationship is toxic or unhealthy? This is…

Get in the Friendzone

Have you ever witnessed an awkward relationship between a guy and girl where maybe one has a crush on the other but has never said anything or where the boundary between friends and boyfriend/girlfriend is blurry? At the end of the day sometimes relationships with the opposite sex can be difficult to navigate and we…