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Top 10 Marks of Enablers

ARE YOU AN ENABLER? First of all, let me just say this: we’ve probably all enabled someone at some point in our lives. If you care about others, if you like to help out when you see a need, if you tend to be “nice,”– basically, if you are human–then it’s likely you have […]

A Shattered Marriage

Personal + Story Before we came to Hope for Life, our marriage, along with our personal and spiritual lives, was set on auto-pilot. We were just going through the motions of attending church, going to work, and living as though everything was fine. Our lives revolved around work and hanging […]

Panic Attacks

One of the more painful and scary things to experience in life is a panic attack. Yet, as much as they’re dreaded, the answer as to why panic attacks happen often remains elusive for many sufferers. However, when we stop to think biblically, there are many things that come to […]

Reconciliation

8 Types of Reconciliation We often think in “binary” terms when it comes to reconciliation—that a relationship is either reconciled – or not. While it isn’t wrong to think that way at times, it is also important to understand that any reconciliation attempt can have many potential destinations. Just as […]

13 Marks of Manipulators and Abusers

  13 MARKS OF MANIPULATORS & ABUSERS When it comes to relationships, there is an extremely common misconception that forgiveness equals trust. Or, that once forgiveness is offered, the relationship in question is now reconciled. But in reality (and according to Scripture), these concepts are very different and distinct. In […]

Thankful For You

Thank You! Thank you for sharing with us in the ministry of bringing hope to so many through the truth of God’s unchanging Word. Without the faithful prayers and gifts of the body of Christ, Hope For Life could not do what we do. Many counseling services (Christian or otherwise) […]

Preparing For The Storm

The first in a four part testimony, originally shared at Hope For Life’s Annual Dinner, this is one couple’s story of God’s grace and redemption in a seemingly hopeless situation. Here, the wife shares her struggle with depression and the hope that God’s Word brought to her heart, even as […]

Performance = Value

The Lies (Part 3) [ Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Truth & Lies ] Lie #1: Performance = Value My value comes from my performance. The first specific lie we’ll look at in our series on Truth & Lies is the one that says: My value is based […]

We Would Not Be Married

“WE WOULD NOT BE MARRIED IF IT WEREN’T FOR YOU.” Recently, as a young couple was leaving my office after counseling, the wife suddenly stopped, turned around, and exclaimed, “I just want you to know that we would not be married if it weren’t for you.” Of course, these were […]

Perfectionism + Depression

When I first met Mark Baker on the fortunate referral from friends, I felt like I had hit bottom and was ready to seriously consider medications for depression. I was irritable and detached – horrid feelings for a mother of four. I was scared to death that my emotions and […]