Khesed: Reframing the Design of Mental Health Services

It’s been referred to as . . .

Heather Nelson
  • The “Golden Rule”
  • The law of reciprocity
  • Pay-it-forward
  • Proactive action
  • WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?)
  • Strong moral code of conduct

DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD DO TO YOURSELF!

In other words . . . just be kind. Easier said than done.

Because we live in a broken world, because hurt people hurt people, because it’s easier and cheaper to be bitter than forgiving, and because the church often lacks understanding about mental health care few address their wounds in a healthy manner.

In addition, most therapists are underfunded, cannot find reasonable office space, and often must office too far away from their homes. Because mental illnesses rank in the highest disability category, something must change.

How to Make Peace with an Unexpected Life

This video was previously aired and represents Michele Cushatt’s testimony to God’s faithfulness prior to her having major surgery.

Cancer. The “C” word . . . it’s supposed to happen to other people. But what happens when a terminal diagnosis invades our lives? Few understand this better than Michele Cushatt.

Michele Cushatt
Michele Cushatt

Michele, a two-time survivor of tongue cancer, who tells her story in her new book: Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life.

In this interview, we talk of God’s goodness . . . how Michele confronted cancer in the midst of being called to public speaking, how she served as the Women of Faith emcee, how she’s mom to six kids, and how she’s dealing with a new recurrence of tongue cancer.

Michele’s interview was recorded one day before her daunting nine-hour surgery. In the midst of this massive, raging storm, Michele speaks with calmness and clarity about her past, her new book, and what she is learning as she moves forward. This interview is life-changing!

The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities

Not many of us would put together the words love and suffering. Suffering feels like anything but love. One of life’s greatest struggles is to resolve that our all-loving God allows us to suffer; in fact, Scripture repeatedly reminds us that God is love and we will suffer.

Kathleen Bolduc
Kathleen Bolduc

Kathleen Bolduc understands suffering, as she raised a son with disabilities. She has experienced bitter-cold sorrow and has been warmed by God’s loving embrace for more than thirty years. Her book The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities helps us understand that God’s love breaks through most often when we are broken open.

If you are enduring pain and questioning God’s love, Kathy’s words will warm your soul.

When God’s Wonderful Plan Doesn’t Appear So Wonderful

How many times have we heard someone say, “God has a wonderful plan for your life”? I stopped counting years ago; maybe you have too. Reconciling the truth that God’s plan for our lives is good when all we are experiencing is pain can cause tremendous confusion.

John and Lynn Hampton
John and Lynn Hampton

After all, Scripture emphatically says:

  • Jesus “came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, emphasis added).
  • When we seek Him we will find Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).
  • We are to “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, emphasis added).

Most often, pain causes us to reframe our understanding of the truths of God’s Word. During those difficult times, we have to release what we assumed to be true and, instead, embrace with accuracy what God’s Word actually means.

John and Lynn Hampton spent years reframing their understanding of how God can be good—in spite of His allowing painful circumstances in life. Their story will certainly bring you incredible hope and clarity of truth in whatever you are facing today.

Daring Greatly in a Declining Culture

What makes cowards run and champions rise? How is it that some people can face their fears, die to their dreams, and still have an abundant, fulfilling life? The book of Daniel answers these questions.

David and Jason Benham
David and Jason Benham

David and Jason Benham know exactly what it’s like to live courageously—like Daniel. Their message leads us all down that path. It’s time to rise above our circumstances and trust God regardless.

Reframing Anxiety: God’s Good Plan in How We’re Made

Anxiety . . . a word we often label negatively. We tend to put a “fear-based” frame around anxiety, forgetting to consider that anxiety may have a positive purpose.

Steve Fischer
Steve Fischer

As God made us, anxiety is an alarm system that awakens us to action in the here and now. However, today anxiety is focused on past events or assumed future challenges which result in fear-based living. Anxiety is exhausting unless we learn to reframe its purpose. If we want to live fully, addressing our core anxiety issues is essential.

Seeing in the Dark: Mental Health in the Church Today

You may be shocked by what you are about to read: After cancer and heart disease, suicide accounts for more years of life lost than any other cause of death.

Kay Warren
Kay Warren
  • 41,149 suicides were reported in 2013—that’s two suicides for every reported murder, one suicide death every 12.8 minutes1“Facts and Figures,” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures, accessed Sept. 11, 2015..
  • Even more shocking is the church’s inaccurate beliefs about mental health issues, as identified in the most recent mental health study conducted by LifeWay Research.2“Study of Acute Mental Illness and Christian Faith: Research Report,” LifeWay Research, http://www.lifewayresearch.com/files/2014/09/Acute-Mental-Illness-and-Christian-Faith-Research-Report-1.pdf, accessed Sept. 11, 2015.

We cannot continue to neglect this enormous area of need.

After personal tragedy and with professional insight, Kay Warren offers practical tools and hands-on direction for supporting individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges.

Notes:   [ + ]

1. “Facts and Figures,” American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures, accessed Sept. 11, 2015.
2. “Study of Acute Mental Illness and Christian Faith: Research Report,” LifeWay Research, http://www.lifewayresearch.com/files/2014/09/Acute-Mental-Illness-and-Christian-Faith-Research-Report-1.pdf, accessed Sept. 11, 2015.

Suffering and God’s Strange, Sovereign Plan

We’ve all been there a time or two . . . or THREE . . . when life doesn’t let up. More specifically, trials that are agonizing and exhausting, where we long for a flicker of light or a ray of hope.

Michele Cushatt
Michele Cushatt

After surviving oral cancer twice and in the midst of launching her new book Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life, the cancer came back with an unrelenting vengeance. Astonished and terrified, Michele’s prognosis was extremely bleak. She endured a year of excruciating surgeries and an unbearable recovery. In those dark hours of suffering, questions surfaced about life and faith.

Like us all, when God allows severe suffering, life’s hardest questions abound. In this interview, Michele shares extraordinary wisdom and significant truths essential to surviving life’s greatest adversities.

Reframing Ministries: Discover Purpose, Passion, and Perspective!

Sometimes, we get stuck in life’s ruts. Ever feel stuck? If so, you don’t have to remain there!

Colleen Swindoll Thompson
Colleen Swindoll Thompson introduces Reframing Ministries.

Insight for Living Ministries can help you climb out . . . with Reframing Ministries.

If the name Reframing Ministries is unfamiliar to you, that’s okay, because it’s the brand new name for the Special Needs Department of Insight for Living Ministries.

Here’s how it will help you even more than it has.

Intentional Living: Reframing Our Mind-set

Why does it seem like some people catch all the breaks while others face one challenge after another? Or why does success come to some while others struggle and strive just to make it through one more day? In fact, what does “success” look like to you . . . where you live, what you drive, where you go, who you know?

Noah Elias
Noah Elias

The list seems endless to most of us, but according to the enormously successful artist, entrepreneur, and mentor, Noah Elias, the definition of success is thoroughly simple and life changing. If you are looking for direction, longing for fulfillment, losing hope, or lacking the joy you expected to have in life, you cannot miss this interview!