Sunday, August 31, 2008

When A Friend Has A Chronic Illness...What To Say, What Not To Say








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When a friend hurts, we gather around her. When she has surgery, we line up outside her door with meals. We send flowers, cards, and gifts. We provide childcare and, of course, prayers. Gradually she heals and is able to return to her every day life.

When a friend is diagnosed with a chronic illness the natural cycle of healing doesn't take place. What do we say? Do we encourage her to remain hopeful? Chronic illness is permanent and often degenerative, requiring her to change nearly everything about her life. The emotions that accompany these changes in her life are often more difficult to cope with than the pain itself.

What to Say What Not to Say How to Help

What to Say

Be honest. Say “I wish I knew the right thing to say, but I care and I am here if you need me.”

Ask her if she’d like you to pray for her and ask what she wants you to pray about. Respect her request. Don’t pray for healing if she wants prayer for new medications.

Remind him that coping with life’s difficulties is a process and that the length of time is different for everyone. Tell him that he is coping well. Just listen. Let her share her thoughts and feelings with you and don’t say, “I understand,” if you haven’t been there yourself.

Respect where he is with his faith. If you see him struggling, be sensitive to it and don’t tell him to snap out if it, that God is still good. Pray for him silently and be patient.

Treat her as though she is still a whole person, despite her limitations. She wants to feel capable and in control. Let her make the plans.

Become somewhat educated on his illness. Ask him if he’d mind answering some of your questions. Remember, just because you’ve read a book doesn’t mean that you know how he is feeling physically or emotionally.

Don’t assume that she copes with things the same way you do. She may gain strength by alone time while being alone depresses you. Let her cope in her own way and don’t tell her she is coping in the “wrong” way.

Let him know you are thinking about him. A card or a phone call can make the difference.

What Not to Say

Avoid giving “God balm.” If you say “God will heal you” or “all things work together...” she will believe you don’t really understand and avoid sharing her feelings with you in the future.

Don’t feel compelled to share every “cure” you’ve heard of for his illness. He’s constantly bombarded with cures and he needs you to be his refuge from that.

Be aware of the fact that illness is not just a matter of attitude. Don’t say, “When are you going to get rid of that cane?” or “Did you know illness is caused by stress?”

Respect her limitations and be sensitive to them. Don’t say, “A little walk might do you some good” or “No pain, no gain!” Only she knows her limits and they will likely change from day to day depending on many factors. What she could do yesterday may not be possible today. Don’t question that.

How to Help

Offer specific ways that you can assist your friend. Say “I am going to the drug store. Can I pick something up for you?” Look around her home and see where your friend might need some help. Does the shower need scrubbed? The leaves raked? The carpet shampooed. Offer to take care of these things.

Volunteer to pick up some groceries rather than do the cooking. Many times people with illnesses have restrictive diets, so they may prefer some fresh fruits and vegetables than a casserole. Ask what meals he is eating and then freeze some of these for him to have on hand.

Accompany her to places where she may need some assistance. Get your haircut at the same time, or have the oil changed in her car while you are eating lunch. Bring an uplifting personal little gift when you come to visit: some fresh cut roses, a new book, a funny movie, some cookies for the children, a blanket, potpourri to make the house smell good.

Remember that one’s spouse and children have needs too and these often concern your friend. Take the children out for awhile so s/he can get some rest. Plan something special for the children and before you drop them off at the house, pick up a small “something” that will make their parent smile like some fresh flowers.

Ask your friend what her concerns are and how you can address them. One woman who was ill said that she would like for a friend to make sure her children made it to Sunday School and church when she couldn’t go.

Ask the person’s spouse how you can help the family. One spouse was appreciative of gift certificates to the local fast food restaurants so that the children could occasionally have a quick meal and his wife didn’t have to worry about making dinner.


Adapted from "When a Friend Has a Chronic Illness" brochure distributed by Rest Ministries, Inc. Copyright 2001, Rest Ministries, Inc. You can print of this brochure to distribute.

Thanks for wanting to learn how to bring comfort to a friend!


For more information go to : http://www.invisibleillness.com http://www.restministries.org

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Invisible Illness Awareness Week Brings Together Thousands Who “Get it”





Living with an invisible illness can cause heartache and bitterness when one feels no one understands the significance of the illness. Invisible Illness Week provides that validation that people with invisible diseases often seek.

San Diego, CA — (SBWIRE) — 08/27/2008 — While we assume that most people are generally healthy, you may be surprised to find out that an alarming nearly 1 in 2 people=2 0in the United States live with a chronic illness. So why is it that most of us don’t even know when a friend or co-worker is dealing with diabetes, heart disease, lupus, or chronic fatigue syndrome? Because, according to the U.S. Census, about 96% of people have invisible illnesses.

National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is being held this year, September 8-14, 2008. It’s a secular event sponsored by Rest Ministries, the largest Christian organization that serves the chronically ill. Visit the invisible illness awareness campaign’s web site at www.invisibleillnessblog.org . You can be encouraged through dozens of articles, including daily guest bloggers, find ideas to get involved in the outreach, and goodies to help promote awareness, from silicone bracelets to brochures. Tired of those looks when you park in a handicapped spot? Be sure to pick up a license plate or bumper sticker.

The focal point of the awareness campaign is September 8-12 (M-F) during which 20 telephone seminars will be held on a variety of topics and are open to anyone. Topics may also be of interest to those with loved-ones who have an illness. Some seminars include:

- Assess Yourself: Find the Job You Desire and Can Do Despite Illness Limitations
- The Civil Rights of Patients with Invisible Chronic Illnesses
- Overcoming Self-Defeating Behaviors
- Secrets of Paying for Medical Care
- How to Get Paid to Blog
- After the Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond

The theme this year is “Hope Can Grow From The Soil of Illness.”
Lisa Copen, 39, began National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week in 2002 as she continuously witnessed hundreds of people emotionally hurting just because they felt as though no one “got it.” Lisa has lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia for fifteen years and understands how validating it can be to just have one friend who you don’t have to explain everything to.

“Though there are hundreds of illnesses represented, and large differences in symptoms and pain levels, none of that matters more than feeling like someone understands you. When our best friends and family members are skeptical about our disease, it can be th at last straw that sets us off into a spiraling depression.”

She says, “We plan to unite the millions of people who live with chronic pain and illness by offering an oasis of hope and understanding, as well as helpful information and practical tools to live the best life possible.”
Through the guest bloggers of Invisible Illness Week, to 20 seminars that supply tools to ensure that one is cared for–both body and soul–National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week is succeeding in meeting that goal.

Find out more information and receive daily updates at http://www.invisibleillnessblog.org
Media Relations Contact
Lisa Copen
Director
National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week
888-751-7378
http://www.invisibleillness.com

Help for the Hurting–Divorce

RELATED WEBSITES

Domestic Violence Help Domestic Abuse - Focus Ministries

My Divorce Recovery Site
Most highly recommended—A very sensitive and personal site with much compassionate understanding. Excellent material here from someone who has been through it:
http://home.att.net/~velvet-hammer/divorcerecovery.html


troubledwith
A website of Focus on the Family. Immediate help. Long-term hope.
www.troubledwith.com/ParentingChildren/ChildrenandDivorce.cfm
www.troubledwith.com/Relationships/Divorce.cfm
www.troubledwith.com/Relationships/Separation.cfm
www.troubledwith.com/Relationships/BlendedFamilies.cfm
www.troubledwith.com/ParentingTeens/TeensandDivorce.cfm

Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on crisis situations, grief and suffering. I encourage everyone to visit this link: www.billygraham.org/SpiritualHelp_MinorTopic_Index.asp?MajorTopicID=3


Fresh Start Seminars
Fresh Start Seminars is a Christian ministry whose purpose is to touch the lives of the separated and divorced. We minister to both children and adults through seminars, support groups, books and tapes. This website is designed to make our seminars and resources readily available to you.
www.freshstartseminars.org/


Helpful Materials to order from Christianity Today:
Dealing with Divorce
Divorce Recovery
Single Parenting

Help Guide
Helpguide was created in 1999 under the leadership of Robert and Jeanne Segal. Since then, a dedicated team of talented people have collaborated to create a free, non-commercial resource for people in need. This is an excellent resource.
www.helpguide.org

ARTICLES
A Christian Response to Divorce, by Larry Davies

LIFE STORIES
From a Pile of Ashes…be Cleansed, by Larry Davies

Help for the Hurting–Disabilities

RELATED WEBSITES

Joni and Friends
Joni Eareckson Tada founded the ministry in 1979 to communicate the gospel and equip Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities.
www.joniandfriends.org

Grace Ministries
Grace Ministries offers a free newsletter, Jars of Clay, that offers encouragement and hope to those struggling with chronic illness, disabilities, and caregivers.
www.tenth.org

American Association for People with Disabilities*
The largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.
www.aapd-dc.org

The Invisible Disabilities Advocate
Helping people understand chronic illness and pain.
www.myida.org/index.html

The Christian Counsel on Persons With Disabilities
A network of Christian organizations working in disability ministry.
www.ccpd.org




ARTICLES
Living with Chronic Pain and Illness
www.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003037.cfm

Adjusting to Life with Chronic Illness
www.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003040.cfm

Remaining Positive When Faced with Chronic Illness
www.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003042.cfm

When We Suffer: A Biblical Perspective on Chronic Pain and Illness
www.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003044.cfm

Ministering Effectively to the Chronically Ill
www.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003041.cfm

Story: A Journey through Chronic Illness
www.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003043.cfm




LIFE STORIES
Reflection in the Mirror, by Jan Eckles

Flying Free, by Lyla Swafford

A Hummingbird’s Reminder, by Jason Mitchener

Help for the Hurting–Depression

RELATED WEBSITES

Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope
Offers hope and encouragement to those suffering from illnesses and depression.
Be sure to sign up for their free publication,The Encourager Magazine
http://www.outreachofhope.org

EMERGE Ministries
Confidential, compassionate, outpatient mental health care for individual, marital, and family needs.
www.emerge.org

Walking Wounded
Christian emotional help, encouragement for anyone. Finding Hope in the deepest darkness
www.walking-wounded.net/index.html


Christian Answers
What should a Christian do if overwhelmed with depression? www.christiananswers.net/q-acb/acb-f001.html

Healing Scripture
A website about healing scripture; home page talks about forgiveness.
www.healingscripture.com

Becoming Me, and excellent blog about PPMD/PPD

Christian Anxiety Support
www.christianhealingcorner.com


Counseling: Sites which offer Christ-centered counseling. www.crosssearch.com/Health/Counseling

The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc.
Our mission is to help people change their lives for good!
www.aplaceofhope.com/index.html

American Association of Christian Counselors
Locate a trained professional near you.
www.aacc.net


troubledwith
A website of Focus on the Family. Immediate help, long-term hope.
www.troubledwith.com/LifePressures/Depression.cfm
www.troubledwith.com/ParentingTeens/DepressionSuicide.cfm

Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on crisis situations, depression, grief and suffering. I encourage everyone to visit this link: www.billygraham.org/SpiritualHelp_MinorTopic_Index.asp?MajorTopicID=3


Help Guide
Helpguide was created in 1999 under the leadership of Robert and Jeanne Segal. Since then, a dedicated team of talented people have collaborated to create a free, non-commercial resource for people in need. This is an excellent resource.
www.helpguide.org

Help for the Hurting–Crisis Pregnancy

RELATED WEBSITES

CareNet
Pregnancy Center. Caring people. Innovative Programs. Empowering Women.
http://www.care-net.org/

Life Choices
Life Choices of Memphis exists to provide a non-judgemental and Christ-like environment
to educate and empower women to make life-affirming decisions.
www.life-choices.org

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach
Our mission is to help women do what they feel is best for their babies and to help them become all that God created them to be.
www.crisispregnancyoutreach.org

Christian Life Home
The Christian Life Home is a home for women in unplanned pregnancy which provides care, counseling, and life skills training in a loving Christian family environment.
www.christianlifehome.com


Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services
www.capss.com/main.php


troubledwith
A website of Focus on the Family. Immediate help. Long-term hope.
www.troubledwith.com/ParentingTeens/CrisisPregnancy.cfm

Help for the Hurting–Children (Special Needs)

RELATED WEBSITES

Parents Helping Parents*
A 30-year-old nonprofit, family resource center that benefits children with special needs.
www.php.com

Parenting Special Needs*
A site offering resources for special needs children.
http://specialchildren.about.com

Children With Disabilities
www.childrenwithdisabilities.ncjrs.org

Federation for Children with Special Needs*
Provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.
www.fcsn.org


ADHD of the Christian Kind
Acknowledging that Christians — adults and children alike — may have ADHD and related disorders including depression, anxiety, sensory issues, Tourette’s Syndrome, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and that these challenges truly do exist.
www.christianadhd.com

troubledwith
A website of Focus on the Family. Immediate help. Long-term hope. www.troubledwith.com/ParentingChildren/AddAdhd.cfm
www.troubledwith.com/ParentingChildren/SpecialNeedsChildren.cfm

Journey for the Heart
Journey for the Heart is one mother’s thirteen year journey with her son through the multiple challenges of congenital heart disease that led to a heart transplant and eventual death, where she discovered the endless provisions of her limitless God.
www.journeyfortheheart.com

Help Guide
Helpguide was created in 1999 under the leadership of Robert and Jeanne Segal. Since then, a dedicated team of talented people have collaborated to create a free, non-commercial resource for people in need. This is an excellent resource.
www.helpguide.org

Because He Lives

Please scroll down my blog to mute my playlist so you can listen to this beautiful video. Thank you.


God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

And then one day, I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to vict'ry,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives

It's so wonderful to know that Because He Lives, we can face uncertain days - trials, pain, sadness, illness, even death - all because He lives! The Lord tells us to give all our cares to Him. When we do, all our fears about the future are gone! Life becomes worth living again, because we put all our cares, sadness, pain, illness, and fears in God's hands! The key is when we do give the Lord our cares, we must leave them there - not take them back with us! When we do, the fear and worries comes back. God doesn't promise a life without sorrow, but He does promise to be with us through our pain. And when we take our final breathe on earth, we will wake up breathing celestial air - pain and worry free; victorious all because Christ Lives!!

Thank you Heavenly Father for giving us Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins. Thank you Heavenly Father that you did not stop there; that raised Jesus from death and He lives eternally in Heaven with you! Thank you that because Christ lives we too can live victorious with You forever and ever! Amen.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday's Funnies - Laughter Can Be Great Medicine!! Ever Have A Dentist Like This?

Please make sure you scroll down to end of blog and mute my playlist before you watch this hillarious video with Tim Conway. Enjoy. I can remember when this was first aired! I must be getting old! HA!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thankful Thursday


Heather, Karl and Travis 2007

“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” I Peter 3:7 (NLT)

This week I am going to do something a little different. My thankful post today is dedicated to my son-in-law, Karl.

I am thankful that the Lord brought Karl into our lives 9 years ago.

I am thankful for his unconditional love, commitment, and understanding for our daughter Heather.

I am thankful that he has never laid an abusive hand to our daughter or our grandson as her first husband did for five years.

I am thankful that even though Travis' biological father has nothing to do with him, that as far as Karl is concerned, and Travis too, He is Travis REAL father. Blood does not make one a true father. And Karl is Travis' true father! Thank you Karl for being the father that Travis truly deserves!

I am thankful for all of Karl’s strange quirky ways! It means he fit right into the family!

I am thankful that he does his best to provide for his family.

I am thankful for Karl’s strong faith and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am Thankful that God had finally given us a son!

Thank you Karl putting a smile on my face!

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for bringing Karl into our lives 9 years ago. It has not always been an easy road, but Karl’s commitment to this family has been truly amazing. I ask that he will continue to allow you to mold him into the man of God that you desire him to be. I ask that you continue to help him to do well in his job so he can continue to support and provide for his family. I ask that you bless Karl, Heather, and Travis and keep them safe in your tender loving arms. I ask that their love for one another will continue to grow. In Jesus precious name, amen.

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The Sonoran Desert

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dry and Thirsty




“I have been the LORD your God ever since I brought you out of Egypt. You must acknowledge no God but me, for there is no other savior. I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot me.” Hosea 13:4, 5, 6 (NLT)

I literally live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. The Sonoran Desert includes 60 mammal species, 350 bird species, 20 amphibian species, 100+ reptile species, 30 native fish species, and more than 2000 native plant species. The Sonoran Desert is considered the wettest desert in the world, receiving up to 15 inches (380 mm) per year in some locations.

Yes, the desert can be beautiful and full of life, but then there are also times when there is a drought and it can become a dry and thirsty land.

This reminds me of my life at times. In the above verse God is expressing His anger with Israel, but I am sure there have been times He has felt this way with me as well. God brings us out of the bondage of sin; He becomes our God and Savior. Part of being our Savoir is being our caretaker. Notice how He says, ‘I took care of you in the wilderness, in the dry and thirsty land.’ God does not always remove us from the situations that bring us to the desert, but when we are there, he promises to be right beside us each step of the way and care for us; to give us what we need to bring us through. Sometimes, I must confess, I have been like Israel, full of pride and forget to thank the One who is really responsible for getting me through the trials. That pride and lack of thankfulness becomes my down fall. I start thinking I can run my life my way. It doesn’t take long before I am reminded once again that my way is not always God’s way, which is ALWAYS the best way for me. Most of the time though, maybe through trial and error, I am humbled once again to know just how much God loves and cares for me; and I am thankful once again for God’s love and mercy that has once again brought me through my trials.

Dear Heaven Father, help me to always remember that you are with me always, even in the dry and thirsty spells of my life. Help me to be thankful when you quench my thirst with your everlasting spring. May pride never creep into my heart. Help me to hold onto your promises, that you will never leave me or forsake me. In Jesus precious name, amen.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

There Is Hope


One spring, after a long and icy winter, Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D., Director of Training National Empowerment Center, in Lawrence, MA, wrote the following:

"It is springtime and hope is everywhere. It is springtime and it feels like all living things are trembling into being, still wet and new and fragile and determined to put down roots and grow.

I think of a sea rose I watched growing out at a beach near my home this past summer. It is a fragile and tender life, that sea flower. I love to see it. At dawn it moves in a slow up sway as it turns toward the morning star. That sea rose is a light seeker. It bends toward the light. It is a light-seeker whose roots reach way down into the darkness of the earth. In fact, it was in darkness that his new life began.

Way back in January and February, when the icy winds lashed across those dunes and the days were short and the light gave no warmth, even then, way down under the ground, this new life was waiting. Nobody could see it, nobody was there to witness it, and yet this promise of a sea flower waited. It waited in that icy darkness for the sands to begin to thaw. It waited for the rains to come and loosen the earth. And then, ever so slowly, it began to stir. Moving one grain of sand at a time, it began to grow.

It did not grow straight toward the light at first. No. First its growth sought a downward course, reaching, stretching, blindly groping through shifting sands to find a solid place. A place to be rooted. A good soil to cling to and to be nurtured by. A home soil that could sustain it even in driving rains and tormenting winds. And then, having rooted itself in this way, the sea rose began its journey toward the light. Poking through the darkness, that sea flower emerged tiny and lovely and insistent and courageous. On frail and trembling limbs, this small thing rose to a new life...

That sea rose teaches us a lot about hope. It teaches us that hope emerges out of darkness. It teaches us that hope can grow in nurturing environments that allow one to become rooted and secure. And I have come here today to celebrate the hope symbolized by that sea rose."


The sea rose is a beautiful picture of those of us with chronic invisible illnesses. The pain, disappointments, suffering, longing to be whole once again are all found in the darkness of illness. At first it seems we have no hope of getting out of this darkness of despair; we don’t see any light at the end of our tunnel. Then either someone shares something encouraging with us, or we hear the still small voice inside of us crying out, ‘there is hope that can grow in this soil of….. illness….’.

Where is that hope found? For me, this hope is found in none other than God. I have been in those deep dark crevices of suffering, pain, disappointments that only a chronic illness or other life tragedy can take you. I even know how desperate one can get to even cry out and ask God to take away this pain, even at times to take my life so I could never experience this pain again. But each time I would hear a little whisper from inside crying, ‘there is hope in this soil of….illness.’ It has been a great comfort to me to know how much God loves me and cares for me. “… hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows.” Psalm 130:7 (NLT). My hope in God’s unfailing love goes deeper than my invisible illness. It has been rooted deep into the soil of God’s infinite love. For hope, true everlasting hope grows deep into the soil of God’s Love for each and every one of us. A love that is pure, unfailing, and everlasting. How much does God love us? Enough to give us hope in all of life’s troubles. That hope I am speaking of is found in none other than God’s Son, Jesus Christ. God loved us so much that he gave His only Son, Jesus so we can have life everlasting. (John 3:16). It is because of this Love, that I have hope in even my darkest moments. And like the sea rose, this Love, gives me the hope to emerge from my darkness to find Light that will help me to grow and find a beautiful, lovely life that only I can live and in so doing reach out to others that only I can reach, and give them hope in their darkness, pain, their invisible illness.

If you would like to know more about this hope, please feel free to email me at: free2soarhigher@aol.com

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ministry Health Directory

Girl Friends In God

International Down Syndrome Orphan Ministry

Living Waters


Womens Ministry

Stephens Ministry

Family & Relationship Health Directory

5 Minutes for Books
5 Minutes for Giveaways
5 Minutes for Going Green
5 Minutes for Mom
5 Minutes for Parenting
5 Minutes for Special Needs
52 Low-Cost (or No-Cost!) Date Nights for Husband and Wife

Blueprints for Families FamilyLife is committed to helping people know and apply the biblical blueprints for maintaining a God-honoring marriage and raising children to become responsible adults. Visit Counseling Resource Site


Choking Game Education

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Crown is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) organization that teaches God’s biblical principles of finances to people around the world. Visit Resource Site

Dirty Girls Ministries is a Christian anti-pornography ministry created to help women struggling with sexual and pornography addiction. Founded by Crystal Renaud in February 2009, the desire of Dirty Girls Ministries is to break through the stigmatic barriers that are keeping women in bondage. Moody publishers will release Crystal’s forthcoming book, “Dirty Girls Come Clean”, a recovery tool for the woman addicted to pornography in April 2011. Visit Resource Site


DLTK- Bible Lessons & Other Fun

To remove the stigma surrounding eating and body image issues, Finding Balance promotes prevention, and empowers those who struggle to find a Christ-centered path to freedom.
The staff and board of Finding Balance represents more than a hundred years’ worth of collective experience in working with women and men with eating issues of all kinds. Our team includes both professional and lay experts. We’ve seen firsthand the devastating effect eating issues can have on a person’s relationships, self-image, and purpose. But we’ve also seen the incredible freedom that is to be found as a healing path is pursued. Our website, books, curriculum and other resources are designed to help you find hope for healing, and practical steps for walking toward that hope. Visit Resource Site


Family Life
Making a Real Difference Changed lives. That’s what people discover after engaging with FamilyLife–their lives and marriages are changed dramatically for the better.
And that’s the mission of FamilyLife–to help people change the world one home at a time. Created on the principle that the family provides the foundation for society, the ministry offers a wide range of tools to help families become stronger. Tools that help you communicate more lovingly and effectively. Tools that help you rekindle the romance. Tools that help you become the very best parent you can be. By offering tools for change, FamilyLife empowers people to live in love instead of in anger. And thus the world is changed, one home at a time.


Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources to for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.
No matter who you are, what you’re going through or what challenges your family may be facing, we’re here to help. With practical resources- like our 1-800 Family Help line, counseling and websites- we’re committed to providing trustworthy, biblical guidance and support.
Focus on the Family has Care Specialists, Referral Assistants and Counselors who are available weekdays to talk to you, provide information and encouragement, suggest resources, give referrals and pray with you. Visit Resource Site
Intervention INK specializes in family crisis and extreme interventions. Founders Rick and Amy Marvin have dedicated their lives helping families fight the demons of addiction. After losing their 18 year old son Rusty to a cocaine overdose in July of 2005, they put their faith and love in Jesus Christ to guide them through this unrelenting grief and pain. Their story is truly inspiring and they are ready to share their support and strength with you to help you get your family and loved ones back from the demon of addiction. Visit Resource Site


International Down Syndrome Orphan Ministry

Mother's of Preschoolers

Movie Review from Focus on the Family

Parents: The Anti Drug

Printable Grocery Coupon Sites

Profound Message about Abuse

RefineUs Marriage Ministry was founded in 2009 when Justin and Trisha Davis recognized a need to begin conversations about pornography, lust, adultery and the hidden parts of marriage that the church doesn’t often talk about. After the destruction of their marriage and ministry because of Justin’s affair, they began to sense God calling them to help prevent the melt down of marriages by equipping couples to pursue the marriage God has in mind. Visit Resource Site

Teaching Learners w/ Multiple Needs


The True Campaign website exists to end the crisis of poor self-image by challenging cultural ideals about identity and beauty, so we can be free to impact our world as God intended. There you will find articles, video, and recommended reading to give you answers, challenge your beliefs, and help you grow. Visit Resource Site

Mental Health Directory

 About Recovery
Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization, Inc.
Al-Anon/Alateen
Alcoholics Anonymous
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Lives
Bipolar Self Testing
Bridging the Gaps
Borderline Personality Disorder
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    My Husband Lives With An Invisible Chronic Illness Too – “But he looks so good!”




    My husband silently suffers from Degeneration of the intervertebral disc, which is often called "degenerative disc disease" (DDD) of the spine a condition that can be painful and can greatly affect the quality of one's life. While disc degeneration is a normal part of aging and for most people is not a problem, for certain individuals a degenerated disc can cause severe constant chronic pain. My husband will rarely let you know that he is in pain, but I can see it in his eyes, the way he walks and the restless nights due to pain. The other week at our apartment complex, there was a woman trying to help her husband move a couch down three flights of stairs. Out of sheer frustration, she came running over to my husband to ask him for help. My husband politely explained to her that he was unable to assist them. From the outward appearance one would never think that this tall strapping man had anything wrong with him. She snapped back at my husband as though he was too lazy to assist them or that he was being rude. My husband felt terrible about the situation, and even considered helping them even though it would cause him great pain. When my husband told me about the situation, he said, “Now I know what you have been experiencing for 20 years with your invisible chronic illnesses.” He has seen how people would react to me, even when he knew how bad I was feeling, yet people would say, “You look so good, you must be feeling better!” Now, he was having first hand experiences with people regarding his health. This man who has been so physically active throughout his life; playing football, physical jobs, serving his country as a marine during Vietnam era , is now having to adjust to life as one with an invisible chronic illness with all the ‘labels’, rude or inconsiderate comments that go along with the illness. Although, I don’t think that the comments bother him as much as realizing that he is not as young and spry as he was twenty years ago. None of us are; and unfortunately aging is NOT an invisible illness!

    To bring awareness to those who suffer from invisible chronic illness, my family will be joining thousands of other families across the USA, as we celebrate National Invisible Chronic Illness Week, September 8 -14, 2008. We plan on giving each family in our church, Desert Sun Baptist Church, in Glendale, Arizona, the book, Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways To Encourage A Chronically Ill Friend, by Lisa Copen, founder and director of Rest Ministries and Invisible Illness Week. We encourage others to spread the word about this special week. On their website they have various ways that you can get involved. Please visit their website at: www.invisibleillness.com .

    About Me: I am a wife, mother, grandmother, counselor, teacher, public speaker, business woman, and writer, who is trusting in God that He will strengthen me to rise above life's difficulties. Since 1985 I have lived with multiple chronic illnesses: Fibromyalgia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Osteoarthritis, Interstitial cystitis, IBS, chemical sensitivities, to name a few. I live in Phoenix, Arizona with my husband of 34 years, Dr. James E. Williams, Senior Pastor of Desert Sun Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona. I will have the privilege to be a guest seminar speaker for the National Invisible Chronic Illness Week, September 8 – 14, 2008. My topic is Illness and Faith: Does Faith Make A Difference. I would appreciate your prayers as I prepare for this awesome opportunity to share my faith as well as encourage others.

    Saturday, August 23, 2008

    Help for the Hurting–Divorce

    RELATED WEBSITES




     
    Domestic Violence Help Domestic Abuse - Focus Ministries

    My Divorce Recovery Site
    Most highly recommended—A very sensitive and personal site with much compassionate understanding. Excellent material here from someone who has been through it:http://home.att.net/~velvet-hammer/divorcerecovery.html

    troubledwith
    A website of Focus on the Family. Immediate help. Long-term hope.www.troubledwith.com/ParentingChildren/ChildrenandDivorce.cfmwww.troubledwith.com

    Relationships/Divorce.cfm
    www.troubledwith.com/Relationships/Separation.cfmwww.troubledwith.com/Relationships/BlendedFamilies.cfmwww.troubledwith.com/ParentingTeens/TeensandDivorce.cfm

    Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on crisis situations, grief and suffering. I encourage everyone to visit this link: www.billygraham.org/SpiritualHelp_MinorTopic_Index.asp?MajorTopicID=3

    Fresh Start Seminars
    Fresh Start Seminars is a Christian ministry whose purpose is to touch the lives of the separated and divorced. We minister to both children and adults through seminars, support groups, books and tapes. This website is designed to make our seminars and resources readily available to you.www.freshstartseminars.org/

    Helpful Materials to order from Christianity Today:Dealing with DivorceDivorce RecoverySingle Parenting

    Help for the Hurting–Disabilities

    RELATED WEBSITES

    Joni and Friends
    Joni Eareckson Tada founded the ministry in 1979 to communicate the gospel and equip Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities.www.joniandfriends.org

    Rest Ministries
    Rest Ministries, Inc.( http://restministries.com ) is a non-profit Christian organization that exists to serve people who live with chronic illness or pain, & their families, by providing spiritual, emotional, relational, & practical support through a variety of programs & resources, including:
    Grace Ministries
    Grace Ministries offers a free newsletter, Jars of Clay, that offers encouragement and hope to those struggling with chronic illness, disabilities, and caregivers.www.tenth.org

    American Association for People with Disabilities
    *The largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.www.aapd-dc.org

    The Invisible Disabilities Advocate
    Helping people understand chronic illness and pain.www.myida.org/index.html

    The Christian Counsel on Persons With Disabilities
    A network of Christian organizations working in disability ministry.www.ccpd.org

    ARTICLES

    Living with Chronic Pain and Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003037.cfm

    Adjusting to Life with Chronic Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003040.cfm

    Remaining Positive When Faced with Chronic Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003042.cfm

    When We Suffer: A Biblical Perspective on Chronic Pain and Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003044.cfm

    Ministering Effectively to the Chronically Illwww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003041.cfm

    Story: A Journey through Chronic Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003043.cfm

    Help for the Hurting–Depression

    RELATED WEBSITES

    Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope
    Offers hope and encouragement to those suffering from illnesses and depression.Be sure to sign up for their free publication,The Encourager Magazinehttp://www.outreachofhope.org/

    EMERGE
    MinistriesConfidential, compassionate, outpatient mental health care for individual, marital, and family needs.http://www.emerge.org/

    Walking Wounded
    Christian emotional help, encouragement for anyone. Finding Hope in the deepest darknesswww.walking-wounded.net/index.html

    Christian Answers
    What should a Christian do if overwhelmed with depression? www.christiananswers.net/q-acb/acb-f001.html

    Healing Scripture
    A website about healing scripture; home page talks about forgiveness.http://www.healingscripture.com/
    Becoming Me, and excellent blog about PPMD/PPD

    Christian Anxiety Support http://www.christianhealingcorner.com/


    Counseling
    Sites which offer Christ-centered counseling. www.crosssearch.com/Health/Counseling

    The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc.
    Our mission is to help people change their lives for good!www.aplaceofhope.com/index.html

    American Association of Christian Counselors
    Locate a trained professional near you.http://www.aacc.net/

    troubledwith
    A website of Focus on the Family. Immediate help, long-term hope.www.troubledwith.com/LifePressures/Depression.cfmwww.troubledwith.com/ParentingTeens/DepressionSuicide.cfm

    Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on crisis situations, depression, grief and suffering. I encourage everyone to visit this link: www.billygraham.org/SpiritualHelp_MinorTopic_Index.asp?MajorTopicID=3

    Help for the Hurting–Crisis Pregnancy

    RELATED WEBSITES

    CareNetPregnancy Center.
    Caring people. Innovative Programs. Empowering Women.http://www.care-net.org/

    Life ChoicesLife
    Choices of Memphis exists to provide a non-judgemental and Christ-like environmentto educate and empower women to make life-affirming decisions.www.life-choices.org

    Crisis Pregnancy Outreach
    Our mission is to help women do what they feel is best for their babies and to help them become all that God created them to be.www.crisispregnancyoutreach.org

    Christian Life Home
    The Christian Life Home is a home for women in unplanned pregnancy which provides care, counseling, and life skills training in a loving Christian family environment.www.christianlifehome.com

    Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Serviceswww.capss.com/main.php

    troubledwith
    A website of Focus on the Family. Immediate help. Long-term hope.www.troubledwith.com/ParentingTeens/CrisisPregnancy.cfm


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    His Eye Is On The Sparrow

    (Please mute the play list at the bottom of my blog so you can hear this beautiful song by Sandi Patty)

    Has this been a difficult week for you? Have you felt discouraged, lonely, unloved? Let us take comfort in this beautiful song and His everlasting promises from His Word, “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Matthew 10:30, 31 (NLT)

    I have heard from several people this week who have been overwhelmed by the many conflicts and battles that have been raging within themselves or their loved ones. Some are battling health issues; wayward children; work related problems; no insurance to pay for a much needed surgery; death in the family; some are overwhelmed by their daily struggles with life itself. My heart and prayers have gone out to each of these situations. I myself have been battling with the side effects of my illness this week. All these things can leave us discouraged, wondering when and if life will get any better; questioning if God really does care about our problems. The answer is clear my friend. The God who created the universe; who knows even when a sparrow may fall; the God who knows the very number of each hair on your head; this very same God cares and loves each and every one of us! “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” I Peter 5:7 (NLT)

    Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 7:5, 6, “When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.” (NLT). God is not only our Comforter, but He is also our Encourager! We see in these verses that God also sends others to encourage us as well. How many times this week have you received an email or a comment on your blog that just brought a smile to your face when you needed it the most? Was that a coincidence? No my friend, that was a God incident! The very God who thinks you are more valuable than a flock of sparrows sent that smile special delivery by way of a special blogging friend.

    This coming week, when you feel discouraged, think of this beautiful song, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, and be encouraged because God really does care for you…and so do I.

    Heavenly Father, though this has been a difficult week for many of us, may we all be greatly encouraged by the love and care you so graciously bestow upon us each and every day. Thank You Lord, for being our Comforter, and our Encourager. Amen.

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    Friday, August 22, 2008

    Friday's Funnies - The Titanic!


    Yes, This is a "grown man" in a boat in a pool!!



    Now "grown man" brings grandson in boat in a pool!!

    Explanation quite simple: Grown man, my hubby, Jim, and grandson, Travis, fixed up an old boat they found. Before they "launched" the boat in large lake, hubby decided to check to see if the boat is "sea worthy", so they put the boat in the pool in our backyard. Was it a successful launch? You bet! (This was taken 9/2/07 when we still had our house and boat. If you double click on pictures you can see the picture in a larger view).

    Fibromyalgia

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    Help for the Hurting–Care-giving

    RELATED WEBSITES


    Grace Ministries
    Offers a free newsletter, Jars of Clay, that offers encouragement and hope to those struggling with chronic illness, disabilities, and caregivers.http://www.tenth.org/


    Alzheimer’s Association–Carefinder*
    Helps those seeking care for a loved one. Enter info about your situation and get a customized report with care recommendations and questions to ask providers based on your needs.www.alz.org/carefinder/index.asp


    The Family Caregiver*
    Supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one.http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/


    Someone Cares
    A site to encourage caregivers.http://www.someonecaresonline.com/


    Lotsa Helping Hands *http://www.nfca.lotsahelpinghands.com/


    National Family Caregivers Assoc.*http://www.nfcacares.org/


    National Alliance for Caregiving*http://www.caregiving.org/


    troubledwith
    A website of Focus on the Family. Immediate help. Long-term hope.www.troubledwith.com/Relationships/CaringElderlyParents.cfm

    Help for the Hurting–Cancer

    WEBSITES


    Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope
    Offers hope and encouragement to those suffering from illnesses and depression.Be sure to sign up for their free publication,

    Caring BridgeCaringBridge®
    is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offering free personalized Web sites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends during significant life events. Our mission is to bring together a global community of care powered by the love of family and friends in an easy, accessible and private way. CaringBridge authors quickly and easily create personalized Web sites that display journal entries and photographs. Well-wishers visit the site to read updates and leave messages in the Guestbook.http://www.caringbridge.org/

    American Cancer Society*http://www.cancer.org/

    Childhood Candlelighters Cancer Foundation*http://www.acco.org/

    Cancer Care*
    A national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.http://www.cancercare.org/

    The Lydia Project
    Begun by a group of Augusta businesswomen in 2003, the mission of The Lydia Project, Inc. is to provide tote bags to women undergoing cancer treatment. Each tote is monogrammed with the words “faith,” “hope” or “love.”http://www.thelydiaproject.org/

    Help For The Hurting - Pornography

    Filtering the Web

    Filtering ISPs and Software
    Filtering Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and software work by blocking sites and e-mail containing certain words or pictures. They help to break the cycle of addiction, but are only aids—and aren't foolproof. These filters aren't meant to replace human accountability and responsibility.

    Integrity Online
    One of the largest filtered ISPs;
    $21.95 per month
    www.integrity.com

    Setting Captives Free
    Offers both a filtered ISP for $17.95 per month and filtering software for a one-time charge
    www.settingcaptivesfree.com/home/scf_isp.php

    ChristianLiving.com
    Offers filtered and unfiltered Internet service for $17.95 per month, or filtering for a current DSL, LAN, or cable service for $14.95
    www.christianliving.com

    Accountability Programs
    These programs track websites you visit and send a list of them to a person of your choosing.

    Covenant Eyes


    Offers online accountability starting at $6.95 per month (endorsed by Focus on the Family and Promise Keepers)


    www.cvnt.net

    X3watch Accountability Software
    Free program sponsored by xxxchurch.com, an antiporn site aimed mostly at teens
    www.x3watch.com

    —R.R.


    Resources for Healing

    A number of organizations offer confidential help. Check out their websites for additional information.

    PROGRAMS/MINISTRIES

    Woodmont Hills Counseling Ministry
    Offers workshops and a private counseling center that specializes in sexual addictions, especially in women
    866-464-HEAL (toll-free)
    www.bethesdaworkshops.org

    Faithful & True Ministries
    Ministries for sexual wholeness, counseling, and consultation
    952-903-9208
    www.faithfulandtrueministries.com

    National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
    Offers information, resources, and referrals
    www.ncsac.org

    Pure Intimacy (Focus on the Family)
    Offers information on pornography and sexual addiction
    www.pureintimacy.org

    Pure Life Ministries
    Aimed mostly at helping men, but some women have found help through their programs directed at breaking free from sexual sin
    www.purelifeministries.org

    Setting Captives Free
    Offers online programs to help believers break free from addictive sins, including pornography
    www.settingcaptivesfree.com

    BOOKS

    Addicted to Love by Stephen Arterburn (Servant)

    Every Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge (WaterBrook)

    No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Shame by Marnie Ferree (Xulon)

    Hidden Dangers of the Internet by Gregory Jantz (Harold Shaw)

    Faithful and True: Sexual Integrity in a Fallen World by Mark Laaser (Zondervan)

    Breaking Free: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Healing Power of Jesus by Bob Davies and Russell Willingham (InterVarsity)

    —R.R.

    Help for the Hurting–Assault/Rape

    RELATED WEBSITES

    The National Center for Victims of Crime*http://www.ncvc.org/

    Journey to Healing
    Healing for sexual abuse.www.homestead.com/myjourney/

    Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on crisis situations, grief and suffering. I encourage everyone to visit this link:


    ARTICLES


    LIFE STORIES


    An amazing story from CBN.com about Heather Gemmen’s experience with rape:http://www.cbn.com/700club/features/Amazing/Heather_Gemmen022406.aspx

    Help for the Hurting–Anxiety/Panic Attacks

    RELATED WEBSITES


    Hatch Creek
    Panic Disorder Supporthttp://www.hatchcreek.com/


    Christians Joined in Faith
    CJIF serves as a support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic disorder, depression, PTSDwww.heartswithsoul.com/christians.htm


    Season of Peace
    The purpose of this ministry is to reach out to those who are crippled by anxiety, fear and panic attacks with the love and healing power of Jesus Christ.http://season.org/about


    Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on anxiety. I encourage everyone to visit this link: 



    ARTICLES


    Bible verses on anxiety by ChrstianAnswers.netwww.christiananswers.net/q-eden/anxiety.html


    Read Panic Attack! by Cindy Baum, published in Today’s Christian Woman.



    Help for the Hurting–Anger

    RELATED WEBSITES



     
    Illness and Anger:  3 Steps to Avoid Spiritual Pitfalls

    Help for the Hurting–Alcoholism

    RELATED WEBSITES


    Alcoholics for Christhttp://www.alcoholicsforchrist.com/



    Alcoholics Victorioushttp://www.alcoholicsvictorious.org/



    Praying the Prodigals Home
    A site offering comfort and prayer for those longing for their loved ones’ return.http://www.prayingtheprodigalshome.com/



    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Provides helpful information on dealing with alcoholism and meeting days and times.The telephone number of the local chapter can be found in the telephone directory.http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org/

    Al-Anon/Alateen
    Al-Anon is a support group for those who live with the problem drinking of relative or friend. Alateen is a 12-step recovery program for teens and is part of the Al-Anon Family Groups.The telephone number of the local chapter can be found in the telephone directory.http://www.ncwsa.org/


    Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on crisis situations, including alcoholism. I encourage everyone to visit this link: http://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/crisis-situations/alcoholism/

    Help for the Hurting–Aging

    RELATED WEBSITES



    Senior Living Ministries
    Ministering, encouraging, and challenging senior adults to embrace the life that God intends.http://www.seniorlivingministries.org/



    A senior Resource Directory 

    Help for the Hurting–Adultery

    RELATED WEBSITES


    Restore Ministries International.com
    A women’s ministry and internet church preaching a message of restoration.http://www.restoreministries.net/

    Hope and Healing
    To offer hope for healing from the devastation of adultery. To provide tools for building a Biblical foundation for restoration. As an individual. As a couple. As a functioning member of the Body of Christ.http://www.hopeandhealing.us/

    Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on crisis situations, including adultery, forgiveness, grief and suffering. I encourage everyone to visit this link: http://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/relationships/adultery/

    Help for the Hurting–Chronic Fatigue

    RELATED WEBSITES


    Dominie’s Homepage
    Very extensive and valuable tips for coping with fibromyalgia.www.fms-help.com/homepage.htm


    FibroHugs
    A place to find not only support, but a plethora of information to better understand the daily struggle with fibromyalgia and other painful illnesses.http://www.fibrohugs.com/


    The Invisible Disabilities Advocate
    Helping people understand chronic illness and pain.www.myida.org/index.html

    Rest MinistriesRest Ministries, Inc.„
    is a non-profit Christian organization that exists to serve people who live with chronic illness or pain, and their families, by providing spiritual, emotional, relational, and practical support through a variety of programs and resources, including HopeKeepers groups, online communities, daily devotionals, HopeKeepers® Magazine, Bible studies and small group materials.http://www.restministries.org/

    Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on health, grief and suffering. I encourage everyone to visit this link: www.billygraham.org/SpiritualHelp_MinorTopic_Index.asp?MajorTopicID=3


    ARTICLES

    Living with Chronic Pain and Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003037.cfm

    Adjusting to Life with Chronic Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003040.cfm

    Remaining Positive When Faced with Chronic Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003042.cfm

    When We Suffer: A Biblical Perspective on Chronic Pain and Illnesswww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003044.cfm


    Ministering Effectively to the Chronically Illwww.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003041.cfm

    Story: A Journey through Chronic Illnesshttp://www.family.org/lifechallenges/A000003043.cfm

    Help for the Hurting–Abuse (Domestic)

    RELATED WEBSITES


    Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services
    To provide educational counseling and awareness to individuals faced with domestic abuse. Using biblical principles, we encourage beliefs and behaviors that heal and promote healthy life styles.http://www.armsonline.org/

    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    Offers resources and help for domestic violence victims.http://www.ncadv.org/

    Christian Survivors Ministries
    We are an active community for survivors of all types of abuse. Our aim is to bring friendship and support to survivors in need, and ultimately to help one another come to a place of healing in our lives!http://www.christiansurvivors.com/

    Focus Ministries
    Domestic violence and spousal abuse help for women.http://www.focusministries1.org/


    Safe Place Ministries
    Christians addressing family abuse.http://safeplaceministries.com/

    Carolyn Brooks Ministries
    Carolyn is a dynamic and powerful speaker who is inspiring audiences around the country to reach up and with God achieve the impossible. Her message of healing and hope has led many to Christ and to complete healing and wholeness. Carolyn shares her personal journey of overcoming the generational cycle of abuse. Carolyn has co-authored three books and her latest book projectis “Breaking The Silent Addiction - Why Women Settle For A Frog When A Prince Is Coming.”http://www.carolynbrooks.com/


    Billy Graham’s Association has some excellent resources on crisis situations, including abuse, grief and suffering. I encourage everyone to visit this link: http://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/crisis-situations/abuse/