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Yes, she will be OK, as far as relating with people is concerned, but what if she had not wanted to?

Behind the White Coat

Sailboat in the Hudson Bay

“How much time are you spending on social media?”

“Well, I stopped completely until about a week ago. I’m easing back into it.”

“Really? You stopped it all? Completely?” I tried to keep the suspicion out of my voice.

“Yeah. For about six months.”

“Why?”

“I didn’t like how it made me feel.” There was real, actual eye contact, no phone in sight.

“Now that you are back at it, what do you think? Does it make you feel good?”

“No.”

“So what do you think you are going to do?”

“We’ll see.” She shrugged. “Maybe I’ll pull the plug again.”

That, folks, is a kid who is going to be all right…

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Trust and Mental Health Treatment (Part 1): Why Do Doctors Assume I’m Going to Answer a Mental Health Screener for Strangers?

Like gun ownership, what has all this got to do with a UTI or Lymphatic Filariasis? The whole system is quick to label us all these days. Maybe I own a gun because coyotes prey on my chickens! Maybe I don’t have enough natural Vitamin D and feel tired but not really depressed.

Lavender and Levity

Medical professionals have started asking me questions as they take my vitals like, “How often do you feel bad about yourself – or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down?” This whole blog isabout how often I feel like a failure, and how I’d like to feel like that less often. The answer is, more likely than not, “more than half the days” in the past two weeks. These screeners still generate anxiety, even though I expect them now. I was at my GP the first time, about a potential sinus infection, and it was shocking and scary to be asked deeply personal mental health questions by a disinterested nurse, whose name I never learned. After the visit, I looked up the questions. Doctors are being encouraged to give community mental health screens during all routine medical appointments. Apparently, they received the…

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Identifying our Identity

This is said plainly but gently. I pray you will read and believe.

for the invisible

Identifying Our Identity

Studying steadily through the books of Law, we’ve been covering some of the physical laws God gave to the Israelites such as how to farm and how to dress. Though these were outward ordinances and no longer govern us, we know that they were given for our sakes, to teach us spiritual things (Gal 3:24, 2 Tim 3:16-17).

Leviticus 19:19

Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

Deuteronomy 22:11

Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

Many of the Old Testament laws had to do with showing the meaning of holiness and purity. Something mixed wasn’t pure. God wanted even the fabric of their clothing to be pure. In fact, He commanded…

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“Gone with the Wind” – More than Just a Movie

It was sensational. It was controversial. It was historic. In 1939 the film “Gone with the Wind” crossed a major line in the movie industry, provoking excitement and criticism. The producers also drew huge profits by doing so, as they intended. Their shocking move was immensely successful, at least from an economic point of view.

What was it? Simply this. The movie included the word “damn,” in the very famous last line. Rhett said to Scarlett, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a _____.”

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