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Sadness is a normal part of the human experience. We tend to see sadness as something to hide from, run from, or fight. It doesn’t feel good. It hurts. It takes away our energy and strength. For those who have

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3rd Annual Staff Retreat: Fighting Thoughts

On February 22nd, twenty Beacon of Hope staff counselors, interns, and volunteers came together for our Third Annual Staff Retreat. Part of our day was focused on the tension of when we “know” something is true in our minds but become

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Snowy progress

It wouldn’t be winter in Michigan without waking up to a dumping of snow! The brilliant while coated everything! Knowing I had plans with a friend in a few hours, I dutifully went out to shovel the driveway. From inside,

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Be The Light

Welcome to 2020! I am not exactly sure where the last six months of 2019 went, but here we are embarking on the start of a new year and new decade. That just does not seem possible, but here we

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Rest is a Heart Issue

Are you answering “how are you?” with “exhausted,” too? This past daylight savings, I, with all seriousness, did not notice my clocks were an hour behind for three counseling sessions until another therapist pointed it out. That’s how tired I

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God’s Love Directs Our Lives at All Times

Although Christian counselors want to lead clients in God’s plan to solve their issues and concerns, it can be hard to navigate the difference between trusting oneself and trusting God to lead a client. One of the challenges in working

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16th Annual Friends Dinner

Thanks to everyone who attended our 16th Annual Friends Dinner! With 168 in attendance, it was one of our biggest dinners yet! The night began with bidding wars in our silent auction. Thanks to so many generous sponsors, we had

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Court Mandated Therapy Groups

Beacon of Hope received a grant from the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation this past winter. This grant is to help support the operation and continued development of Beacon of Hope’s court mandated therapy groups and individual counseling. Our very first court

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Fill My Bucket

August is here, and we’re taking full advantage of the joys of summer! Soaking up the summer sun and warmth, I ventured to the splash pad with my 2 year old. Blissfully running through the fountains, he grabbed his bucket

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Interning at Beacon of Hope

A question I get asked a lot is, “Why did you pick Beacon of Hope for your internship?” I have a couple answers to that question. When I first started interviewing with Beacon, I was blown away with the people

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