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We live in a world with God’s creativity all around us. We see unique beauty in the many things He created. Whether we look to animals, plants or people, we see God’s creative genius everywhere. Regarding people, we see the diversity of God’s handiwork in that 75-80% are neuro-typical — their brains are wired typically — while the other 20-25% are wired differently.

The world often considers these individuals to be disabled in some way. While I certainly understand this perspective, I can’t lose sight of the fact … Read more

Leaving the Field with the Dirtiest Uniform

“You always had the dirtiest uniform when you came off the field.”

As a kid, I loved baseball, but I was never particularly talented at playing it. I was average. I was small and scrawny, which isn’t exactly the recipe for a power hitter, and speed didn’t make up for my deficiency in strength. As an athlete, I was just okay.

Despite my athletic mundaneness, twice my coaches nominated me for our community’s post-season tournament team. While I wasn’t naturally all-star material, I consistently gave an all-star effort. As my coaches would say, “You always had the dirtiest uniform when … Read more

When Therapy is Painful

I am a big believer in the healing power of therapy (obviously!), but I also realize that it’s not an easy process.  Although I believe the journey is worth it, the path to feeling better often means we must confront some uncomfortable thoughts and feelings.  That’s hard enough for a “consenting adult”, but what happens when your child asks for help, but then struggles with therapy??

I’ve seen this in my office over the years, but especially recently.  There’s the young child struggling with his parents’ divorce.  There’s the school-aged child who struggles with that punched-in-the-stomach anxiety every time she … Read more