Grieving the Loss of a Pet
by Anne Robertson
When Times Are Tough
by Bob Hansel
Male Spirituality and the Second Half of Life
By Mark W. Muesse
God Present in Illness?
By Mary C. Earle, author of Broken Body, Healing Spirit
Time of Joy and Pain:
with Sorrow in the Holiday Season
Lifelines below were written by the pastoral counselors
of the Samaritan
Centers of the Mid-South.
by Rod Spencer
Up and Wait
go of the need for fast solutions
the Voices and Experiences of Others
from different perspectives while still following your own compass
Facing the questions that determine our choices
Dealing with Disappointment
Tools for surviving the downside of life
In midlife we question
our purpose--the meaning of life; the fairness of life
when the time is right to leave the Safety Net
Helping the Hurt in Others
Caring about those around you, without making their problem your own
Deaths We Grieve
One of life's chapters, but not the whole story
Importance of Values and Morals
Have we lost the ability
to determine right from wrong; do we even care?
Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others
through the process of guilt, forgiveness and reconciliation
To Whom Can
We all have times
in life when we need a sympathetic ear. The key is to know when and
where we can go for help.
Feeling as if You
When you're lonely in a crowded world.
Back/ Looking Forward
go of the past, while still using its lessons to help you grow
Striking a Balance for
Tools for reducing
the stress and celebrating the holy
Tools for Nurturing
The basics of
Positives and Negatives of Guilt
Feeling guilty can actually
be a good thing.
Your Life Meaning?
The anxiety and chaos
that disturb our lives can come from confusion over what really
It is often our own wounds that enable us to help heal others.
God is the only constant in our ever-changing lives.
You're Sad and Lonely...
yourself through the support of others.
the Impossible: Balancing Work and Family
Our spiritual traditions offer us priceless tools for maintaining
Why it's important to look inside.
the Keeping of Promises
Our commitments to one another grow and change along with us.
Year's Resolutions: BAH! HUMBUG!
For the New Year, try making goals that have possibilities for true meaning.
Community Centered Life
Re-examining our ideas of community can help us become more
spiritually aware and put our beliefs and values into action.
Perhaps as we wait and wade through these times of uncertainty,
we will recognize God in our daily lives.
Relationships as an Expression of Faith
By treating others with respect and kindness in day-to-day
encounters, we both improve our relationships and put our faith
Summertime provides us with a much-needed opportunity to stop and reflect on
the wonder of life and our surrounding world.
Discerning the Difference Between
Transformation and Change
We can count on change in our lives. Transformation can come if we use change
as an impetus for spiritual development.
as a Season for Growth
Nurturing adolescence calls for a sensitivity that allows for growing independence
while also offering security and guidance.
is the Great Adventure."
lives are characterized by constant change. Yet growth
must accompany change for us to truly benefit.
Dead Horses: A Metaphor for Change
Oftentimes we'll hold on to situations, relationships, and beliefs long after
they've lost their meaning. The hard part is letting go.
to your life: The starting place for spiritual growth
After the holiday festivities, life can seem gray and ordinary. Stress and
emptiness can take the place of hope and joy. Yet by listening to yourself
and discerning what is most important, you can make this a time of growth and
to keep the holidays from bringing you down.
Advent means coming into being, the birth of something new. For Christians,
this is when we prepare ourselves for the coming of One from God. Here are
some ways to keep the true spirit of love and joyful anticipation in the season
of Advent and Christmas.
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about pastoral counseling.