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Don’t Be Afraid

When our family lived in Kansas City, my mother once asked me, “Aren’t you afraid?” Her farm seemed so different than our busy inner-city street. “It’s just so noisy. How can you sleep?” And I had to think in my mind, “How do you sleep, Mother, in the absolute silence of a star-lit country night?”…

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Honoring Hoarding Disorder

It wasn’t a fire, actually. The newspapers, stacked tightly, had been shoved against a floor furnace. They didn’t burn; they smoldered. Cause of death: smoke inhalation. This shouldn’t have happened. Friends and family had loved the dear woman who suffered. Many knew of her hoarding but didn’t know what to say or how to help.…

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Water of Life: Genesis 1 and 2

Story 1:  We traveled nearly 2000 miles in early May, from Kansas to Illinois, to Indiana, to Ohio, and back again.  It was 10 days of thunderstorms, showers, blustery wind, cloudiness, and driving in windshield wiper mania! Everywhere we went, the creeks and rivers were swollen, puddles filled every rut, and we shivered with temperatures…

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Waking Up To Life

If You Are An Attempt Survivor For every one person that dies by suicide, 280 people think seriously about suicide but do not die. Recovery is possible, but it will take time to heal both physically and emotionally. Follow these recommendations from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Find an activity you enjoy. Self-care is important…

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Understanding the Warning Signs of Suicide

While suicide may be uncomfortable to discuss, recent information disclosed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes it evident that there needs to be ongoing and increased dialogue about suicide. In June 2018, the CDC released findings that showed that the overall rate of suicide in the United States increased 25.4 percent…

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A Fish Story: Revisiting the Book of Jonah

Late in May this year, I was teaching Vacation Bible School at our congregation to fifth and sixth graders.  All 11 were typical squirmy, spontaneous, goofy, yet endearing students whose energy was ever present. One of the week’s lessons was the book of Jonah where we correctly discerned there was no whale, just a “great…

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Mental Health Needs Medicaid Expansion in Kansas

The people of Kansas need Medicaid Expansion to increase access to care to mental health or substance use treatment.  Not only for economic development; not only for delaying inevitable closures or consolidations of health care organizations like community mental health centers or hospitals; and not only for the purpose of becoming part of the large…

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Our Second Brain

You may have heard our gut being referred to as our “second brain.” There are numerous studies linking what we eat to how we feel. The lining of our gut, if laid out one cell thick would cover a tennis court! It is no wonder that with all that surface area exposed to the food…

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Imagination

Text:  Matthew 5:13-14 – “You are the salt of the earth….; You are the light of the world….” When I was young, I dreamed of being a teacher. I would line up my dolls (and my little brother) on chairs in front of a blackboard in my bedroom. I would write addition and subtraction “problems”…

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Benefits of Carrots For Both Your Inside and Outside

Ah April! Warm temperatures, budding daffodils and crocuses and the anticipation of the arrival of the Easter Bunny! And what do bunnies love to eat? Carrots of course! And this week on Thursday, it just happens to be International Carrot Day! So get out your vegetable peelers and serve up some of those orange beauties.…

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