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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...

The Caring Church Response

The Caring Church Response

  1 Corinthians 12:22-26 talks about the value that God has for all the parts, or members, of the body. “...that the members may have the same care for one another.  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.” (vs...

Why it’s healthy and helpful to feel emotions

Why it’s healthy and helpful to feel emotions

For generations we have been taught to suppress and silent emotions; and as a result, we’re seeing the negative impacts in our physical health, mental well-being and even in our relationships.   Use these three strategies and that free download tool to recognize and respond to your emotions.

10 signs you are experiencing compassion fatigue

10 signs you are experiencing compassion fatigue

It took me months to realize that I was experiencing compassion fatigue and it wasn’t until I stopped and found healing that I realized how significantly every area of my life was impacted. 
Let me save you a few steps and hopefully months of hardship and tell you the 10 signs of compassion fatigue that I didn’t recognize until afterwards. 

What’s the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue

What’s the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue

With burnout if you are able to find relief from the helplessness,  hopelessness and stress you are likely to find symptoms of burnout to subside with no lasting impacts.  But that is not the case with compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue has long term impacts to the world view and wellbeing. 

5 Tips to get through the holidays

5 Tips to get through the holidays

  The holidays The holidays bring stressful moments. It doesn’t matter if you have a hallmark life or if you are someone struggling with loss, anxiety or depression. There are times when you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and even sad. So often when we think...

Why is listening so important?

Why is listening so important?

Active listening is listening with curiosity.  Guiding the person with questions so they can unwrap and open boxes themselves, where eventually they will find the core issue.   I have put together a cheat sheet of curious questions to help you guide people as they tell their stories.

Flipping your lid

Flipping your lid

“Flipping your lid” is a simplified explanation that I often refer to when describing what happens in the brain when people experience stress.  Once you learn this concept you will begin to see if everywhere. The frustrated customer, angry neighbour, the exhausted parent.  Your response to this human experience will be forever changed, and you build self awareness resists that urge to flip your own lid.