May 2012 Entries
We all have stress in our lives but successful coping involves using the resources you have. What do you have available to help you? Think about tangible things: support, money, time, power, status, influence - and those more internal things like faith in God, confidence, patience, prayer, etc. How will you use what’s available? What strengths do you have that will help the situation? This varies from person to person.
This past week, I had the privilege of meeting with a church book club that had chosen my book, Letting Go of Worry, as their reading selection. I made a brief presentation and then opened the floor for questions and comments. It was obvious. There is much to worry about if we allow ourselves to be anxious.
This may surprise you. Only 21 percent of people who call themselves Christians are committed to a community of faith (Faith by George Barna). Reportedly, many Christians in America feel attending church isn’t necessary to their spiritual maturity. In addition, Willow Creek Association researchers discovered that the longer a person exploring Christ attends church, the less likely he or she is to follow Christ.
I am a mom and will be celebrating Mother’s Day with my immediate family. It will be a good day. But when your mom has passed, Mother’s Day isn’t quite the same. I will still miss calling my mom, sending her flowers and being together. Between the moments of sadness, I do have a peace that I worked hard at our relationship and made it the best I could. I wish that for all of you.
Autism is a developmental brain disorder that, according to a 2008 CDC study, affects 1 in 88 children, a number that is up 78 percent since 2002. Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers are still trying to figure out why there has been a dramatic increase.