• Life,  Missions,  Spiritual Formation,  Stress Management

    Hope

    Still here, friends and readers!  Ever had seasons of life where you are just barely hanging on? That’s where I’ve been living for the last month and a half.  At times our calling, work, character flaws and spiritual attacks create a perfect storm of discouragement and depression.  And it’s just hard.  Even though we know these seasons are temporary (please, let them be temporary, right?!), it often effects our productivity as our energy is focused on maintaining the basic foundations of life.  Hence my absence here on the blog. So I just want to let you know I’m still here and my purpose remains the same: to love, care and…

  • Life,  Spiritual Formation,  Stress Management

    H.A.L.T…What Is It Good For?

    Seems this topic of the connection between our emotional/mental and physical health keeps coming up lately, so why not write about it?   I’m more and more convinced that this is an area we too often overlook.  We don’t need studies to tell us that when we’re tired we feel more irritable, emotional, or forgetful.  You may have heard the acronym H.A.L.T., which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired.  I first learned this acronym working as a family counselor for a drug and alcohol treatment center.  We all knew that if a person was dealing with any of these components it caused them to be more susceptible to a relapse…

  • Life,  Missions,  Spiritual Formation

    Insecurity

    Hello! My name is Heath and I am insecure.  I work in a job that causes me to feel lots of insecurity.  I love my job and I don’t want to trade it for a more secure job.  Well at least most of the time, and besides, the NBA doesn’t want me anyway.  I am insecure as a missionary because I don’t always fit in, making friends can be hard, and being good at Japanese is a pipe dream.  I could go on but those are some of the things I struggle with.  I know that I am not the only one who struggles with insecurity. I am insecure, so…

  • Life

    Four Basic Relationships of Life – Part II

    In the Four Basic Relationships of Life – Part I we touched on our relationships with God and with others.  Today we finish up with the final two relationships of life.  Although “finish” is not really the correct term as this is barely skimming the surface of it all! Our Relationship with Ourselves In Genesis 3:7-11 we see shame and fear enter Adam and Eve’s psyche.  Their perfect relationship with God and each other was suddenly tainted by sin and the knowledge of their own nakedness.  Not just physical nakedness but a spiritual and emotional nakedness.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again but fear, shame and insecurity…

  • Life

    Four Basic Relationships of Life – Part I

    In my first post I shared briefly about what caused me to enter the mental health field. One of the phrases I wrote caught my friend’s attention:  “It seemed logical to me that all of our lives are made up of four relationships:  our relationship with God, our relationship with others, our relationship with ourselves, and our relationship with God’s creation (nature, money, etc)”.  She hoped I would expound on that so here we are.  I do not claim to be a theologian and these thoughts are far from exhaustive (in fact countless books have been written about each specific one).  Nonetheless here is my understanding of Scripture and relationships.…