Food for Thought

Ask the Counsellor

Posted Aug 1st, 2019 in Anxiety, Glen Slingerland, Ask the Counsellor, Mental Health

Hi, my name's Andrea and I'm currently in counseling at college, however, I'm looking for something that could be more long-term and could add to the counseling I'm currently in. I'm curious how you handle counseling on the topics of mental illness (such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and self-harm) as I know you're based around working with young mothers.

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Hiding the Secret

Hiding the Secret

Posted Jul 22nd, 2019 in Sexuality, Rhonda Wiersma, Suffering

​Sexual abuse is being talked about more and more. Recently the hashtag metoo movement has come out, seemingly giving people more willingness to share their own stories of sexual assault or abuse. However, one thing haunts me particularly about the way we talk about sexual abuse. We usually only think about girls and women being sexually victimized. But did you know that many boys and men are also sexually abused?

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Crying Out to the Lord

Crying Out to the Lord

Posted Jun 17th, 2019 in Lynn Murray, Suffering, God

​In times of deep distress we feel totally out of control. We see the world and those in it as enemies. Even our closest friends and relatives appear powerless to do anything for us. We often lose all hope of things in our lives ever becoming good again.

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Anger

Anger

Posted Mar 26th, 2019 in Rhonda Wiersma, Anger

We all have it, to one degree or another. For some of us anger comes quickly and burns hot, while others of us conceal our anger in a pressure cooker. Anger is an often-misunderstood emotion. We read in James 1 that we ought to be “slow to anger…because the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (19-20). Frequently an attitude like this leaves us more willing to sweep our anger under the rug

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Joined Together

Joined Together

Posted Dec 10th, 2018 in Relationships, Glen Slingerland

​Your ‘personal’ relationship with Jesus is more corporate than personal. Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, “In [Jesus] the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Eph. 2:21-22).

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God is Faithful to the Unfaithful

God is Faithful to the Unfaithful

Posted Oct 24th, 2018 in Identity, Lynn Murray, God

​After reading Deuteronomy 31, I was impacted by how faithful God is. Moses relates to the Israelites what the Lord has told him. Moses told them how he was not going any further and that the Lord had appointed Joshua to take them from here. He describes how the Lord will go before them, destroy the nations and give them possession of the land. He tells them not to be afraid because God will never leave them or forsake them.

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God in the Dark

God in the Dark

Posted Sep 5th, 2018 in Rhonda Wiersma, Salvation, God

​Most of us are familiar with the experience of doubting God. Sometimes this doubt is simply a temporary passing of questions when difficult circumstances arise; at other times doubt takes hold of our hearts for reasons known or not known, but yet we cannot shake that awful feeling of doubting God.

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What God Does With Destruction

What God Does With Destruction

Posted Aug 14th, 2018 in Scott Knoechel, Suffering, God

​I love history, especially military history. I have studied World War II since I was nine. The problem with studying the history of war is that I can never fully understand the destruction and devastation that war brings. I see the images of Russia, Europe, and Britain that depict the ruins. I can see the devastation in the buildings, look at the statistics, but never fully comprehend the horror and brutality that was experienced by the survivors and victims of World War II

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A Cup of Cold Water...or Fries?: A Response to Bullying

A Cup of Cold Water...or Fries?: A Response to Bullying

Posted Jun 28th, 2018 in Relationships, Scott Knoechel

Being a parent is difficult. I was confronted with that fact once again when my daughter expressed that she did not want to go to school. This was something new for her. She enjoys school and relishes the social interaction that school provides. Upon further investigation, she expressed that people were making fun of her. She was being bullied.

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Gossip in the Counselling Room

Gossip in the Counselling Room

Posted May 30th, 2018 in Relationships, Rhonda Wiersma, Helping Others

​I was asked recently, “If I share sensitive or damaging information about people that are in my life, or in my past, am I guilty of gossiping?” What a great question! At first, I wasn’t sure how to answer than respond with “I don’t think so…but let me look into that.” In a quest to answer this question, I have decided to share what I have learned in the process of learning about gossip.

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