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Listening without fixing-Helping Those who Are Hurting by Irene Renteria

“I love the Lord because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.  Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live” (Psalm 116:1-2).

Are you a fixer?  When a loved one comes to you for emotional support, do you try and share what you think would be a good solution to their problem?  It is normal to feel uneasy when someone we love is in pain. A typical response would be to try and find a way to make them feel better.  Thus the race to find a way to fix it begins.  

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What’s Wrong With a Little Tradition?! by Suzanne N. Stangland MA, LPC

There are lots of things to look forward to this time of year!  Gift-giving, parties, decorating, and spending time with family, to name a few.  And these are all great; however, one of the things that make the holidays even more meaningful are the traditions.  In a world that tends to spend so much effort breaking traditions sometimes what is needed is to slow down and remember the simplicity and consistency that traditions can offer, many of which point to the true meaning of Christmas! 

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