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Heart Health: Are You The “1” Out Of 3?

Mental Health

Posted on February 13, 2024
by Virginia Strubbe, MSW, CSW-PIP

1 in every 3 deaths in the US is related to cardiovascular disease. There is a documented connection between heart health and mental health. Daily stressors, social isolation and loneliness, anxiety, and depression are linked to increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Maybe you or someone you love could be the “1” in 3.

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When Eternity Breaks Into Identity

Godly Living

Posted on January 26, 2024
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

Rev. Jonathan Conner leads an in-depth conversation about the struggle to capture the weighty truth and significance of the image we bear. There is a necessity to seeing yourself differently in the mirror, and seeing your neighbors differently as well. It is a heavy thing, a sacred burden, this divine image that we must bear up under.

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Iowa Prayer Rally For Life – Jan 22, 2024

Life Advocacy

Posted on January 18, 2024

EVERY life is precious! Please join the Iowa Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders at the Iowa State Capitol to help save babies, help mothers and Iowa families in crisis, mourn the little ones lost to abortion, celebrate the future, and become a LIFE advocate at the 2024 Iowa Prayer Rally for Life on Monday, January 22 at 11:00AM.

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Our Journey To An Open Adoption

Adoption

Posted on January 8, 2024
by Mitch & Angela Carey

This story, “Our Journey To An Open Adoption,” was written by Mitch & Angela Carey, an adoptive couple sharing the personal account of their open adoption experience through Lutheran Family Service. Mitch & Angela’s account serves as a strong testimony in the discussion of an open vs. closed adoption.

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The Year In Review: Our Most Popular Articles Of 2023

Lutheran Family Service News

Posted on January 4, 2024

As we close the door on another great year of God’s blessings here at Lutheran Family Service, we thought it would be fun to look back at some of our top blog articles from 2023. These are articles you clicked on, liked, and shared the most during the past 12 months, all of which were written by Lutheran Family Service team members. Did your favorites articles make the cut?

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Ask A Counselor: Are New Year’s Resolutions Good For My Mental Health?

Mental Health

Posted on January 2, 2024
by Meghan Baldridge, LISW

As we begin a new year, many of us may be participating in the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions with the hopes of rejuvenation, self-improvement or personal growth. While these goals can offer a sense of purpose and motivation, we may question the potential mental health pros and cons.

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The Dash Between The Dates

Godly Living

Posted on December 28, 2023
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

Headstones are sobering. I know some of the stories represented by the dash between the dates. But, many I do not. In a generation or two, fewer and fewer will know the stories that lie behind those dashes. If we had not a loving God, this could be incredibly discouraging. Lives lived, love shared, triumph, defeat, celebrations, laments – all reduced to the dash between the dates.

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Navigating Grief Through The Holidays

Mental Health

Posted on December 11, 2023
by Mark Vande Braak, Ph.D, FT, MT-BC

You have permission to grieve. Do not let anyone tell you something different. However, it is essential to be gentle with yourself. The anxiety and build-up to the holiday is very stressful and real. It is alright to spend time remembering your loved one and the gifts that they gave you in life.

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A Conversation On Mental Health, Part 3

Mental Health

Posted on December 5, 2023
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

The final installment in a three-part series, some of us have experienced disappointment with God, but this probably isn’t really the foundational thought. The foundational thought is probably harder. It’s probably something like this: God let me down. That’s hard to say out loud, isn’t it?

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Lutheran Adoption Conference To Unite Leaders; Impact National Adoption Crisis

Lutheran Family Service News

Posted on December 5, 2023

Lutheran leaders across the nation are urgently called to attend the Lutheran Adoption Conference, April 10-11, 2024 in Houston, Texas. At this conference, Lutheran pro-life leaders, policy makers, adoption experts, and life advocates will collaborate and explore ways to impact the national adoption crisis through the increasing of biblically-based Christian adoptions.

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