On Sunday we celebrated Father's day. This week we are discussing things we can do (as adults) to strengthen our relationships with our Fathers. As I am reading the previous blogs, I really believe these can be used for our relationships with our Mom as well. Our relationships with our parents naturally change over the years. I think it takes us some time to realize things aren't they way they used to be when we were dependent on them for everything. It's not a bad different, it's just good to realize it's different.
As Christy pointed out yesterday, the relationships we have with our fathers change as we grow and mature. At times, we may need to re-define our relationships to ensure they continue on a healthy path.
One way to strengthen our adult relationships with our dads is to spend quality time together.
Our relationships with our fathers change as we get older. Sometimes this transition can be difficult, depending on the relationship, personalities, past hurts, and other challenges. If you realize your relationship with your father is not what you want it to be, check back daily as we provide tips:
With Father's Day coming up this weekend, Imagine Hope is paying tribute to this special day by sharing how our fathers were blessings to us in our lives, and how they helped to shape the women we are today!
My endless thirst for knowledge, my love for learning, and my endless curiousity.... about almost everything:
Because Sunday is Father's Day we are writing about how our Fathers blessed us. Truly, I was so blessed with such an amazing Dad that it was difficult to pick one thing. He taught me about my Faith, how to work hard and serve others, and how to love unconditionally. But many times my mind goes back to the memories we shared.
Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful men out there who are honorably called "dad." It's extremely easy for me to think of the blessings my father left me during the time I had with him. One blessing in particular has been life-changing and deeply impactful:
Faith in Christ
My dad had an extremely strong faith in Jesus all of my life. He led singing at our small church for as long as I can remember.
Have you ever heard the phrase that you can only truly experience great joy when you have also experienced great sadness? When preparing for today's blog post, that phrase came to mind. We hear more in recent years about trauma, and the negative impact on trauma, but we don't hear much about how trauma can impact a person in a positive way, if correctly addressed and worked on.
Typically, our blogs that discuss particular disorders focus on the different challenges they create. I love that Post Traumatic Growth focuses on how a traumatic event can eventually make you stronger if it's worked through and processed appropriately. If you haven't had a chance to read the prior three blogs, please take time to do so, as this is an addition to it.
This week we have been talking about the positive outcomes of experiencing trauma. We, as humans, have the incredible ability to be resilient to life's challenges. When we experience traumatic experiences in our lives, we can learn and grow from these experiences, allowing each of us to find strength and increase our level of functioning, despite experiences of adversity. Today I will be discussing how we can discover new possibilities in our lives after experiencing trauma.
Yesterday Christy did a wonderful job introducing Post-Traumatic Growth to us. I highly suggest reading yesterday's blog if you haven't already done so.
Sometimes we'll experience a trauma so great it threatens our feeling of safety and security. It's not uncommon to develop Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms as a result of going through the trauma. While PTS can be painful, scary and debilitating, there can be hope on the other side, which is our topic this week, PTS: Post-Traumatic Growth.
We all experience scary events in our lives. Car crashes, medical scares, childhood trauma, military combat, an assault, natural disasters, and terrorist attacks are just some examples of shocking and dangerous situations. For some people, the events they survive change the way the view the world. These people may develop PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Sometimes, it's difficult to see sexuality or sex as a human need. Many times in marriage, we tend to think of it as a "perk" or a benefit... or a want, versus an actual need. Usually, this is when we are referring to the act of sexual intercourse. Today, we will discuss the basic human need of sexuality.
It is never surprising to us when couples come in with challenges they are having that revolve around not getting their needs met. Besides communication, this is usually an issue in a struggling relationship. It's so wonderful to see the change in a couple as they begin to recognize each other's needs. It's universal- we all have needs. I hope this week you have been able to see how normal and healthy it is to have them.
"Lean on me! When you're not strong, I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on". You know the Bill Withers song... We do all need somebody to lean on! A basic human need is support. When we are children, we need support and encouragement to develop. As adults we need support to grow and flourish and live to our full potential.