How Do I Cope with a Suicide in My Family?

Name Withheld “John’s gone.” I slumped down into the closest chair, holding the phone to my ear. “John? Gone?” Vibrant, healthy, so full of life, just six weeks after his 38th birthday . . . must have been a terrible car accident . . . “He hung himself. [Long pause] I’m so sorry.” The reality slowly sunk in. My brother-in-law John – graduate student, in the prime of life, with everything to live for – wonderful wife, four charming children ages four to twelve, a promising career ahea...
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How Can We Overcome the Challenges of the World?

Name Withheld. I remember being in labor with our first child, when my OB/GYN asked if I wanted a saddle block to deaden the pain. I had to decide fast, he said, because in minutes the time for that option would pass. Even though I wanted the full experience of childbirth for myself and no drugs of any kind for our son, I just didn’t know, as a first time mother, how much more intense the contractions would become. Fear overcame my earlier decision, and I opted for the medication. Within minu...
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What Do We Learn Through Trials?

By Spencer W. In the summer of 2012 I learned that I had a brain tumor on the left side of my brain. When I found out I broke down completely. I had always been a healthy, active, normal kid. Now I was a normal kid with a brain tumor at age 18. I went into brain surgery 3 days later and when I woke up I couldn't move my right arm at all. Although I was able to think coherent thoughts, I could not speak. Before this experience I had always been an independent person. I did not share my e...
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How Can I Overcome the Effects of Sexual Abuse?

Name Withheld I was sexually abused for two years as a very young child.  Because of this I suffered many years with feelings of loneliness and worthlessness.  I had an eight year struggle with an eating disorder.  I was bulimic and anorexic.  If I look thin, I thought, like this gorgeous, famous person, I will be truly happy, and I will love myself.  But those thoughts were lies that haunted and taunted me.  It was addicting and it consumed me.  I thought there was no way out.  I needed to f...
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How Did God Save My Life?

By Shaun N. When I was 17 I learned through my own experiences that God is always there and that he loves us. At that point in my life I was a star basketball player on one of the best teams in the state. I was popular. I didn’t need any help. I didn’t need to rely on anyone, not even the Lord. I felt like I was on top of the world. Yet, I felt that there was something missing within my life. I had no clue what it was. I was unsure if God even knew who I was. I did not even feel like I knew w...
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How Can We Make Christmas Meaningful For Children?

By Teisha P. As parents we wonder how to help our children feel the magic that accompanies the Christmas holiday when it seems to be lost in a shopping focused season. For some people, the sole purpose of Christmas is to receive and give gifts. Two years ago my husband and I stayed with my father and stepmother for the Christmas Holiday and this was the case in their home. While the tradition of giving and getting gifts is fun and adds to the excitement of the holiday, I noticed that when all t...
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