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Why We Care  Approximately one in ten people experience a depressive disorder at some point in their life. For some people, it’s sudden, severe, and fades over time. For others, it’s gradual, moderate, and chronic. The fact is, there are many people in your church who are experiencing some form of depression. And yet, it […]

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Special Needs

The world in which special needs children live today is much different than it was only a generation ago. I can vividly remember stories from my cousin about having a special needs child integrated into his classroom at Heritage Christian School back in the late 1980s. This was a first for Protestant Reformed Special Education […]

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It’s the Heart That Counts

You’ve probably heard the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Due to our human nature, we tend to look at outward appearance instead of focusing on what is on the inside, which is what really matters. Just like a book’s cover, people may look different and have things that they deal with that […]

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Life Inside the Home

  It’s 5:15 in the morning and the wake-up alarms are going off in the bedrooms. Some residents may hit snooze a time or two. Others may get right up and start the day. You may be aware of the routine your family has in the morning, but what about adult foster care homes or […]

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Perhaps the church father Augustine said it best: “Men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty billows of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, and pass themselves by.”1  There are many beautiful and astounding aspects of creation, such as the […]

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Why, O Lord?

Afflictions and Trials: A Christian Look at Life’s Adversities If I asked you which of the following three items—carrot, egg, or coffee bean—which one best describes you, how would you respond? You would probably wonder what I was talking about, right? Fair enough. But what if I added a second question: how you would handle […]

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In Faithfulness

I want to start off my story with a passage that has meant so much to me throughout my journey. My title is also taken from this passage. It was what I had to remind myself of constantly—these afflictions were given to me, my family, and the church in God’s faithfulness to us. “I know, […]

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God’s Mirror

To parents and loved ones For many, your eyes may have just been opened to the complex world of ED. I hope that this helps you understand and have insight not just to the facts but the thoughts and sickness of one struggling. I know that insight into facts and causes doesn’t make a loved […]

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God’s Mirror (1)

God’s Mirror My Journey through the Vice of an Eating Disorder and How I learned Who I am in Christ I felt as if the imprint of my butt was ingrained in the navy blue couch at my therapist’s office. I knew every decoration; the smell of the office was all too familiar and I […]

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Life is Hard, But God is Good

A testimony of God’s goodness through my struggle with depression and suicide A true story The city lights flash by quickly as I struggle to keep my eyes open. I’m so tired, my body hurts, my mind hurts, and my life hurts. The bright red lights declaring EMERGENCY come into view and the feelings of […]

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I Need You

In my dream I am falling. Falling! …and screaming for help. I am hanging over the edge and I can’t pull myself back up! I am slipping! Doesn’t anyone hear me? If only I could pull myself back up I would be okay; but I can’t. I am falling and I am terrified! We all […]

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Living With Cerebral Palsy

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.” I remember learning this Psalm for Sunday School merit work as a seven-year-old little girl and its first verse is my favorite text. What a comfort to […]

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I read with interest three Beacon Light articles (June and July 2011) on the subject of the disabled. Two articles by Karen Daling, who now suffers from multiple sclerosis, analyzed her feelings, including the four ways fellow Christians have reacted to her disability: the avoiders, the Pollyanna encouragers, the mourners, and the listeners. One article by Stephanie […]

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Diabetes (2)

In the last issue, we learned about the disease and its impact on life. In this issue, we continue with the symptoms and conclude by looking at this disease in the light of Scripture. Another bad episode was a few years ago. I was in a mad rush to get the kids out the door […]

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Diabetes (1)

When asked again this year if I would be willing to speak to you for the Fearfully and Wonderfully Made program, I must say as I said to last year’s class: I can write about almost anything you throw at me, but speak? A completely different story! So please bear with me as my nose […]

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God is Good…All the Time (1)

At Heritage Christian School of Hudsonville, Michigan, we have been privileged on one school day in each of the past two years to study various disabilities and conditions which affect many of God’s children. It is our hope that as the students move on in class levels from year to year, they will also continue […]

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