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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Vapid Valentine’s Day - Ah, February. It’s dark, it’s dreary, and your favorite Christmas black bottom cupcakes have secured themselves around your waist as a less than delectable muffin top. Worse still, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Televisions and radios blast advertisements for floral shops
Attempts at Greatness - God began a good work in 2002, and it became known as Beacon of Hope. Today, some 15+ years later, this work has developed into a reliable, competent, and viable mental health option for the communities it serves. Yes communities!