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Keys to Resilience – Self Care

Keys to Resilience – Self Care

Self-care is necessary for building resiliency - the ability to bounce back from adversity.    The whole notion of self-care has really become popular in secular, humanistic thought.  However, the concept of tending to your mental, spiritual, emotional, social...

Keys to Resilience – Know Yourself

Keys to Resilience – Know Yourself

When we are struggling with our purpose, we don’t see ourselves as valuable or skilled.  It can become easy for us to get stuck when we are struggling.  
By regularly reminding ourselves of who we are in Christ, that we were each created uniquely on purpose and that we have gifts and strengths, we build resilience to bounce back more quickly from hardship. 

Key to Resilience – Meditation

Key to Resilience – Meditation

Having mindfulness is intentionally focusing on God so that His voice is louder than our judgements.  And mindfulness is produced through the practice of meditation. Christian mindfulness is walking out what 2 Corinthians 10:5 says in “taking every thought captive.”  Meditation develops the skill of gaining control over what you think about yourself and life and submitting it to God.

Key to Resilience – Having Fun

Key to Resilience – Having Fun

Once again research has confirmed what is found in scripture, that having fun is a key to resilience. It allows you the mental and emotional break to be creative and relieve stress. This will prevent you from getting stuck when walking through life’s difficult moments.

Keys to Resilience – Finding Rest

Keys to Resilience – Finding Rest

Having regular rhythms of rest and understanding your unique signs that you need rest is a discipline that will allow you to avoid getting stuck when you face adversity.   Rest is necessary to have endurance, a clear mind, and the emotional capacity necessary to not be overcome by life’s challenges.

Keys to Resilience – Staying Connected

Keys to Resilience – Staying Connected

We are created to be in relationship – with God and with others.  By staying connected we become more resilient, allowing us to bounce back from struggle or hardship quicker.

Reach – Fourth Step of The Caring Church Response

Reach – Fourth Step of The Caring Church Response

  It all comes back to telling people about Jesus.   The Caring Church Response and all of Hope Made Strong's resources align with the ultimate purpose of making disciples.  That is what our mission as Christians is.  Each day we are to become more like Christ...

Resource – Third Step of The Caring Church Response

Resource – Third Step of The Caring Church Response

  15 years ago, when I first started my career as a social worker,  I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to make a difference. I wanted to impact my community for change and help people overcome struggles and find freedom.   But I was unprepared for the...

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...