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Month: November 2017

Bi-Polar? Life Hacks For The Holidays

As a child every Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday I would become sick. Don’t misunderstand. Mine was a “Leave It To Beaver” childhood. It was an idyllic 1950’s childhood where I was loved and cared for. I would get so excited I couldn’t contain myself. There were long trips to visit grandparents we didn’t see often.Sears and Warads offered extra catalogs with large children’s sections of fascinating toys. Wish books we called them. I studied them and marked the pages, so mom and dad wouldn’t miss my favorite requests. And I was an ardent believer in Santa Claus…even after I learned it was Santa Qualls that brought the gifts. The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year. Today, as an adult with bipolar, I can still get sick during the holidays. By the time I became an adult the ugly face of depression cycled into my life.  The winter and holidays can now trigger a bipolar-depressive relapse. As the days get shorter and grayer my spirits began to fall. Fortunately, recent years have been better because of bipolar life hacks I have discovered. Here are a few. Winter days and holidays are better when I keep my routine. I stay…

Who Is Your Guide In Life?

Who Is Your Guide? Be careful who you follow. Once we were religiously following Suzy Q, a nickname for our GPS, as it was showing us a new route to Chicago. At one point Suzy lead us on a shortcut between Interstates, Suzy guided us down the mainstreet of a tiny town of about 50. Soon she guided us to turn off Main Street and led us down a gravel road that ended in a pasture. I unplugged Suzy and used a map. Be careful who you follow. “Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” (Psalm 25:4-5) In Psalms 25 David is in conflict. His enemies are unnamed but he speaks of being alone, afflicted, and anguished. David is confused about the way to go. We, too, have a multitude of choices and paths in life. What career to pick? Shall I have a double shot latte or a caramel cream molatta? What career will I pursue? Will I get up in time to exercise this morning? …

The Danger of Narcissism In The Church

A couple new to the community were church shopping. One of their newest friends, a member of First Community was gushing over her church. “Our pastor has the greatest sermons! Humorous, deep, and easy to understand, he never goes over 21 minutes. “You’ll love our music, We are always learning the latest contemporary music while we sing traditional hymns. We have classical music and rap. We have it all. You will have the finest musical fare. “And we love our new youth minister. The kids play games every meeting but also have serious Bible study. Why, they took a mission trip last year to Mexico. It took six months to get one of the boys back from a Mexican jail but he’s finally home. “And just look at our building. It’s the best in town. Not a thing needs to be done to it. Our trustees have spent all the money necessary to for upkeep. “How? We have endowment funds that pay for everything in the church. You don’t even have to bother with giving.” The young couple decided they would visit First Community but they wanted to check out the brand of coffee and make sure there were pastries…