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Restore – The Second Step of the Caring Church Response

Restore – The Second Step of the Caring Church Response

  Have you ever taken an extra-long weekend to have a mini-vacation? A quick recharge, but not too long because you have a million things going on.  You don’t have time for a full vacation, but you know you need a break.  I did this last week and the evening...

Recognize – The First Step of The Caring Church Response

Recognize – The First Step of The Caring Church Response

  The Caring Church Response is the step-by-step process that Hope Made Strong walks churches through to build a sustainable and effective care program. It builds on the strengths of the church, meets the community’s needs, and aligns with the unique mission of...

How to support Change

How to support Change

Frustrated at hearing people complain or say they need to change but never follow through? The stages of change model is helpful in understanding how people go through change and how you as a support can help them.

4 Steps to quit smoking

4 Steps to quit smoking

Most people I know want to quit smoking. That means that an estimated 34 million adults in America have either thought of quitting or tried and failed. But most people don’t realize that nicotine is just as hard, or even harder, to quit than heroin.  So it’s no...

Are you being a supporter or a saviour?

Are you being a supporter or a saviour?

As caregivers, we can tend overreach and try to help everyone. But we are to be supporters, not saviours. Supporting someone is walking alongside them as they journey through their life.
As caregivers, we can’t save anyone.

7 signs of addiction – Are you addicted to your phone?

7 signs of addiction – Are you addicted to your phone?

It’s no surprise  44% of Americans say they couldn’t go a day without their cell phone.   But the question is, are we addicted?  In this video I identify 7 signs of addiction. These 7 things can also be applied to any other behavior addiction (shopping, pornography, gambling, gaming or food)

A Discussion about How To Handle Addiction

A Discussion about How To Handle Addiction

https://youtu.be/DhRM9CnHh3E   Each substance or behavior has its own signs and symptoms of addiction. When you are experiencing addiction, you are drawn to the substance because you are avoiding the bad. The bad could be loneliness, negative thoughts, anxious...

Church, this is our time to look outside of our walls

Church, this is our time to look outside of our walls

During this time of social distancing, the Church is in an incredible position to help the vulnerable and support those struggling in isolation.  Let this shift be more radical than going from physical walls to digital walls.  Let’s open our eyes and hearts to their needs… not just our own. 

Shut the Windows and Get out of the House

Shut the Windows and Get out of the House

A $10 carbon monoxide detector saved us from being killed in our sleep from a build-up of odourless toxic gas. Here’s the full (true!) story on The Day My Furnace Tried To Kill Me. It’s worth a read. After being woken up from the carbon monoxide alarm we quickly...

5 practical ways to get over a phone addiction 

5 practical ways to get over a phone addiction 

“I don’t like feeling bad, I want to feel good. And I always feel good when I am eating. So let’s go eat some ice cream and a bag of chips.” Yours may sound a bit different but I’m sure a variation of the thought above may have crossed your mind in some point or you...