It’s All About Love

When I prayed about today’s sermon, I felt that God spoke to word “love” to me. I asked Him to elaborate. I asked, “God, what about “love” do you want to speak to your people today? What do you want them to know, what do you want them to feel, what do you want them to...

Just A Little Help From Our People

Managing the self is very important in the healing process. “The neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux and his colleagues have shown that the only way we can consciously access the emotional brain is through self–awareness, i.e. By activating the medial prefrontal...

Post Traumatic Reactions

“The fundamental issue in resolving traumatic stress is to restore the proper balance between the rational and emotional brains, so that you can feel in charge of how you respond and how you conduct your life. When we’re triggered into states of hyper- or...

Loss of Self

“Nobody can “treat” a war, or abuse, rape, molestation, or any other horrendous event, for that matter; what has happened cannot be undone.  But what can be dealt with are the imprints of the trauma on body, mind, and soul: the crushing sensations in...

Trafficking In Michigan

We always think things happen to someone else, but not us. Horrible things happen in other countries but not ours. I was shocked to learn that Michigan is one of the top spots in the United States for human trafficking. There are many unreported cases and therefore we...

Modern Day Slavery

It is hard to believe that there is slavery today, but my friends, it is more common than any of us want to believe.  I want you to read the statistics of what is really going in through human and sexual trafficking and think how you would feel if your child was a...

Survivor Needs

One thing that can be very helpful to a survivor is when they are in distress ask the question, “What can I do for you right now that would be helpful?”  It is very important to not assume what the survivor needs.  If a survivor says they don’t know...

Fear vs Faith

Often what drives community members and all other trauma based disorders is fear.  Fear is the #1 emotion that guides survivors through daily life.  Fear of being alone, fear of not being not being alone, fear of adventure, fear of men (women), and fear of living and...

Action vs Reaction

Each day brings a new adventure.  Some are quite enjoyable while others are not so much.  Understanding dissociation is difficult when you are in the midst of a crisis situation.  Often you want to react out of  the moment and that is  not a good plan. Let me give you...

The Old Shoe

Do you remember a childhood poem that starts “I know an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children she didn’t know what to do”?  Well as I looked it up I found it does not say that anywhere in the poem but for the sake of this blog today...

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