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Prayer Thoughts for March - Brain Injury Awareness

Brain Injury Awareness

On Christmas Day, 2015, Concussion, starring Will Smith, was released. As you might have guessed from the title, the movie looked at the effects of concussions, specifically on football players who endure repeated concussions throughout their time playing the game. The movie, while not exactly presenting any new information, did get football fans, and others, to engage in discussions about brain damage. It caused some parents to question at what age a child should start participating in sports such as football, boxing, and wrestling, that are known for potentially causing brain damage - through concussions and/or repeated blows to the head. Unfortunately, the conversation faded away all too fast.

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Prayer Thoughts for March - Self Harm Awareness

Self Harm Awareness

How do you handle being overwhelmed? How do you handle when life puts in situations over which you have no control? Jamie was experiencing, had been experiencing these feeling for a while now. School, life, work - it was so much to handle. Jamie was desperate for control over some part of life.

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Prayer Thoughts for March - Spiritual Awareness Month

Spiritual Awareness Month

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV)

It has been a long week. Father was diagnosed with cancer. He does not have long to live. Mother spent most nights crying on the phone to you, looking for support. And she wants to meet this weekend! She says you have always been logical one and now needs someone logical and not emotional to help her organize everything. And work. Work! It is the busiest time of year and with the new promotion, you want to show that you have earned it, but, on top of everything else, a major supplier has ceased production. It is a lot to handle on its own, yet now… You feel that you have not yet had a moment to yourself to process all that has happened, to cry and grieve, to handle things in your way. How are you going to get through this?

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Prayer Thoughts for March - Developmental Disabilities Awareness

Developmental Disabilities Awareness

When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”  (Matthew 8:1-4, ESV)

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March Is Listening Awareness Month

Listening Awareness Month

Lisa, Kelly, and Jane had been best friends since childhood. They did everything together and still get together a few times a week, although now it is for play dates for their kids instead of looking for dates. Lately though, Jane has been going through some personal struggles. While she still talks to Lisa, she has been avoiding Kelly. She loves both of her friends, but right now she needs support. Whenever she starts to talk around Kelly, Kelly takes over the conversation, "one upping" Jane's experience with one of her own, and offering advice from both sides of the spectrum. Sure, Kelly heard what Jane was saying, but she was not listening.

Raise your hand if you have ever been Jane's position. Keep it up if you have ever behaved like Kelly.

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