JULY 2014

FEATURES


Farewell to
Dr. Karolyn Thompson

Searching for Rest

Speakers Bureau


Dear Friends,

Last month I encouraged you, our readers, to intentionally spend time with people around you. I am still amazed at how much time flies forward even when many schedules slow down a bit in the summer. Regardless of our pace, it can be difficult to be intentional with our time.

As I drove down a beautiful country road last week, I saw two older men sitting on the porch and waved to them. They had made time to ‘be,’ and it looked good! I want to encourage you (and me) to consider God’s desire for us to have rest. Look for margin in your days and weeks, and if there is none, begin the practice of creating it. I am always surprised at how much more I can be attuned to God’s working around me when I have space to see Him.

Happy Summer to you!

Heath Greene

 Farewell to
Dr. Karolyn Thompson

This month, Associates bids an affectionate farewell to Dr. Karolyn Thompson, who has served as a clinician for more than 10 years. She will move to Michigan, where she plans to start a practice and provide therapy for couples and individuals in the areas of relationship skills, marriage enrichment and women’s issues.

Thompson, in reflecting on her time at Associates, says that the supportive environment has been special, and that her work has been personally and professionally rewarding.

“I gained valuable insight into clients’ lives by joining them on a search to make sense of unpleasant circumstances,” she says. “It has been exciting to play a part in restoration, and I have been greatly enriched to see how Jesus heals the broken hearted and binds their wounds.”

Dr. Heath Greene, executive director at Associates, emphasized the excellence provided by Dr. Thompson. “Karolyn has brought a professionalism and competence to her work second to none,” he says. “She has taken on difficult cases and seen them through incredibly difficult challenges and done so with grace.”

Dr. Greene credits Dr. Thompson for faithful outreach to the community and for being a valuable member of the staff.

“She has been a source of peace and hope for her clients as well as our staff,” he says. “Now Karolyn looks to begin a new chapter in her life and her work in moving to Michigan where she will be close to her daughter Robin. We have been blessed to have a tremendous decade with this remarkable lady!”

 

Searching for Rest

Q: What are you doing this weekend?
A: Nothing on the calendar, just staying close to home.

Now consider the above answer. Since you read it instead of hearing it, there is no tip-off for the tone of the statement. What's your gut response--is "Nothing on the calendar, just staying close to home" a positive, negative, or neutral statement?

Your answer might have something to do with whether or not you've been on a vacation or otherwise took "time off" recently. Or it could have something to do with your attitude toward rest, renewal, and recreation.

Downtime is an important part of a healthy life, physically, spiritually, and mentally. God Himself has given us the command to find and observe a Sabbath—a pause where work ceases.

Yet there are ways that we find to turn the spirit of Sabbath upside down. For families with school-aged children, we simply cut and paste the rushed, jam-packed schedule of the fall, winter, and spring months onto the pages of July and August. Often members of a family are going in different directions during the summer months, but instead of school activities they shift to camps, summer leagues and family visits. For people in other life stages, it can mean “playing hard” after working hard, or having difficulty saying no to volunteer opportunities.

Keeping a breakneck pace, even if all the events feel "fun," does not leave margin for simple time together or for quiet. The idea of a calendar square that is deliberately empty is uncommon. Yet constant busyness, even with recreational events, will not renew.

Take time for real, true recreation (re-creation) this month. Take a look at the calendar; if there are squares that are mostly white, bravo! If the calendar is already full, try to slow down and protect and claim some Sabbath hours in the midst of your schedule.

Try to think through activities that genuinely renew you, that leave you feeling refreshed. Ask God to provide renewal.

Speakers Bureau

Thinking about an event for your civic organization, school group, or church function? Consider a therapist from our Speakers Bureau. They are available to speak to a variety of topics, including:

  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Women’s issues
  • Men’s issues
  • Self-care
  • Grief
  • Stress, anxiety, or depression

For more information on a specific topic or to schedule a speaker for your group, please contact phoyle@christiancounseling.org

 




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