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Walking Through The Dementia Desert

Church Worker Wellness

Posted on September 26, 2023
by Rev. Dave Gunderson, tLMFT

Did you forget where you left your glasses? No problem. Did you forget you wear glasses? Then you may have a problem. If you need to ask someone what day it is, no problem, but if you ask for that date three times in a row in less than five minutes, you may have a problem. That is my mother-in-law’s situation. While writing a check for her church offering, she asked me repeatedly what the date was because she suffers from dementia.

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Diagnosed With A Terminal Illness – What Now?

Mental Health

Posted on September 22, 2023
by Virginia Strubbe, CSW-PIP, OSW-C

Receiving the diagnosis of a terminal illness is often overwhelming and may bring about a great deal of emotions. You may have been feeling physically unwell, have had multiple medical appointments, or likely have received a great deal of information in a small amount of time. It can be expected to be unsure of the next steps. The following are some things to consider.

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When The Whatifs Strike

Godly Living

Posted on September 6, 2023
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

Shel Silverstein, the children’s poet (author of the well-loved Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Runny Babbit, and more), in the playful poem below, raises a question that plagues us all: What if…? In this article we will dare to answer the question.

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Meet Lindy Hinckley

Lutheran Family Service News

Posted on September 1, 2023
by Lindy Hinckley, tLMFT

Meet Lindy Hinckley, tLMFT, a marriage and family therapist serving clients in Deadwood, South Dakota, as well as the surrounding area including Sturgis and Rapid City, and throughout the state via telehealth. With a passion for fostering community and connection as an antidote to isolation, Lindy brings understanding and experience as a pastor’s wife and parent of a child with special needs.

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Meet Virginia Strubbe

Lutheran Family Service News

Posted on August 22, 2023
by Virginia Strubbe, MSW, CSW-PIP

Meet Virginia Strubbe, MSW, CSW-PIP, a mental health therapist with a background in social work and working with those living with chronic and terminal illnesses. We recently sat down with her to talk about her role with Lutheran Family Service, recognizing the courage it takes to pursue mental health counseling, and the joy of walking […]

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Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

Marriage & Relationships

Posted on August 21, 2023
by Lindy Hinckley, tLMFT

How to rewire your mind towards compassion and love. Looking for love, or “whatever is lovely” in your life and relationships? Read on! The pain-body Like static overpowering a radio signal, negativity can block us from tuning in to the positive healing of love, whether it be with God, in our relationships, or within ourselves. […]

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A Way To Think: Processing Bad News

Godly Living

Posted on July 17, 2023
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

This post is the first in a two part series: A Way to Think and a Work to Do; Processing and Responding to Bad News. School shootings. A war in Ukraine. Rumors of war between China and Taiwan. A drug overdose crisis in America. The news hasn’t been good lately. On the one hand, the […]

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The Quest For Peace In The War Against Anxiety

Mental Health

Posted on June 16, 2023
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

Engage in the battle against anxiety, confront radical misbeliefs and find freedom and peace in God’s promises. For many people, anxiety is not a word; it’s a malevolent monster, a monster with an icy claw that clutches their hearts, leaving them paralyzed. If you battle anxiety, you know this reality all too well. And you, […]

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Meet Ruth Barz

Lutheran Family Service News

Posted on June 5, 2023
by Ruth Barz, tLMHC

Ruth Barz is a counselor, wife, mom, and one of the newest members of the Lutheran Family Service mental health counseling team. With a deep love of God’s Word and His truth and master’s level training as a mental health counselor, Ruth brings vast experience and insight to her practice. Read on as we discuss navigating life transitions, the power of relationships, different types of trauma, when to seek counseling, and the healing and hope found in Christ alone.

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Say It Out Loud

Mental Health

Posted on May 12, 2023
by Rev. Jonathan Conner

Build your life on right thinking and ordered passion. Mental health involves many things, with a life built on right thinking and ordered passions foundational to it. Before we go any further, please understand that the words in the preceding sentence are deeply significant. To be mentally healthy, we must aim for lives established on […]

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