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A life transition can be positive or negative, planned or unexpected.

Some transitions happen without warning, and they may be quite dramatic, as in cases of accidents, death, divorce, job loss, or serious illness. Other life transitions come from positive experiences such as getting married, going away to college, starting a new job, moving to a new city, or giving birth to a child. Even though […]

Coping Skills During Life Transitions

Life transitions are often difficult, but they have a positive side, too. They provide us with an opportunity to assess the direction our lives are taking. They are a chance to grow and learn. Here are some ideas that may help make the process rewarding.

 

Accept that change is a normal part of life. […]

Distracting Stress: Give Yourself a Hand

There have been several times in my life when I have been overwhelmed by stressful situations. It has been helpful for me to use a hands-on grounding approach by employing the “Five Finger Exercise” during these times. This exercise is simple and easy to do. Let me explain. As you read this take a look […]

Stress is Toxic

The problem with stress is that it is a physical and emotional reaction to a problem or series of problems that can, when dwelt upon, seem like all of life. When we direct our energies only toward coping with stress, crises and plugging holes our bodies remain in a heighten state. This is very dangerous […]

Corrosion and Stress

Several years ago my travels took me to Greece. I wanted to see for myself some of the “Seven Wonders” of the ancient world which I had read about and studied as a boy. I was interested in seeing the “Acropolis” in Athens, Greece and the “Colossus of Rhodes” on the Greek Island of Rhodes. […]

Dealing with the Death of a Child

Dr Dan for Today

Dealing with the Death of a Child

It is said that the worst thing that can befall a parent is the death of their child. It certainly seems to be reflected in the alarmingly high divorce rate among parents who have lost a child. Divorce is not inevitable and […]

Helping your children deal with stress, grief, and trauma

Dr Dan for Today Helping your children deal with stress, grief, and trauma Today’s national tragedy has all of us experiencing a wide range of emotions and concerns. Throughout this paper, minister and counselors have offered their perspective on this tragedy and suggested a course of action for us as adults. Children, too, experience grief, […]

Burning Out From the Inside II

By Daniel W. Trathen, D. Min. Ph. D.

One of the keys to a growing and lasting relationship with God is to understand Him and to revere Him. We are to have a positional reverence for God that leads to us to obedience because we realize His power and love. This reverence or “fear” for […]

Burning Out From the Inside

By Daniel W. Trathen, D. Min. Ph. D.

Burning out from the inside is a condition whereby we allow ourselves to fall away from what we know is a true love relationship with God. One of the keys to a growing and lasting relationship with God is to understand Him and to revere Him. Here […]