Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow

Finding Healing for Foster Children In my professional life as a social worker, there have been seasons that I can only explain as “Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow.”  These seasons tend to be a characterized by layer after unforgiving layer of trauma experienced by the families I serve.  Children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or significant losses have had long seasons walking through the valley, prior to our involvement with them.  It is our job to help them get to the other side and discover that even flowers grow in the valley. The shadows in the valley are … Continue reading Walking Through The Valley of the Shadow

A Fresh Start to 2014: Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa (ta·bu·la ra·sa) noun, plural a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc. anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state. (origin Latin): 1525–35; scraped tablet, clean slate A New Year After the ball drops and the countdown has officially welcomed in the New Year, we wake up wondering…what is next? An optimist thinks about new relationships, engaging new projects, and exciting adventures the coming year will bring. A pessimist worries over the same relationships, dreading unpleasant projects, rehashing misadventures, carrying forward baggage from the previous year. Do you see yourself as The Optimist, The Pessimist, or Both? … Continue reading A Fresh Start to 2014: Tabula Rasa