Yearly Archives: 2018

Play Dough

As a play therapist, I spend a lot of time working with play dough. And as a play therapist working in a non-profit that’s run on donations, I spend a lot of time reviving play dough.  I’ve taken play dough

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Gratitude

November brings Thanksgiving, and with it, a season of gratitude. This month, our Director of Counseling, Krista, shares what she’s thankful for at Beacon of Hope. “We began 2018 with our first annual staff retreat. As our team was growing,

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15th Annual Friends Dinner

    On Thursday, October 4th, we celebrated our 15th Annual Friends Dinner. At this event, we shared food and stories as we celebrated all that God has done through Beacon of Hope this past year and invited attendees to

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Trauma

We all experience painful events in our life time such a losing a loved one, experiencing an injustice, being physical or emotional harmed, financial hardship, and the list goes on and on. When an individual encounters a situation they believe

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The LORD Establishes Our Steps

Proverbs 16:19 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. “ But how hard is it to wait for the Lord to establish these steps! When I read the book of Exodus (and many places

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His Voice

When I began my studies in the Master of Counseling program, I entered with some reservation and fears that the study of psychology would somehow pull me away from God. The opposite has occurred. Good science simply reveals what the

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A Change in Direction

Everyone’s journey in life is different. Whether it’s one person’s dream to play a professional sport, dance on Broadway, sing on the Voice, or become a doctor, we are all different and hold very different dreams and desires. We are

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God has the details covered (sometimes with snow)

On April 19, I found myself looking out the window and seeing snow falling from the sky. This snow was not just falling; it was sticking to the ground as well. Oh, my, how could this be? Does God not

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Trading Anxiety for Peace

  A verse continually comes back to and encourages me to “not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:6). It is easy to get wrapped up in everything that needs to be done and feel that there is not enough time

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Hope in Muskegon

Muskegon has a bad reputation.   Or does it? Truth be told, our reputation is improving.  A recent survey of West Michigan indicates that people view Muskegon as a better place to live now than they did in 2014.  People surveyed

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