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Posts by Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC

How to Plan a Successful Pity Party

How to Plan a Successful Pity Party Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC Choose a date and time. Prepare your invitations (I have a friend who has extras if you need them). Focus on yourself. Hire a violinist to play sad songs. Review how many things have gone wrong in your life. Say things to yourself like,…

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Hearing God’s Voice When Feelings Are Big

Hearing God’s Voice When Feelings Are Big Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC Sometimes our feelings silence our faith. Feelings can be so big that they’re all we hear: friends fail you. A loved one is gone. You can’t find what you need (a job, a home, a friend). While it’s important to notice our feelings and…

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Creating an Emotional First Aid Kit

Creating an Emotional First Aid Kit Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC As the people of Ukraine fight for their freedom (and their lives), we are praying together from wherever we are throughout the world. Today, the number of Ukrainian refugees exceeds two million, with adjacent nations working tirelessly to provide food, shelter, and clothing. We can…

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A Story for Valentine’s Day

A Story for Valentine’s Day Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC Wherever Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout the world, many anticipate a day of disappointment or the painful disillusionment of unrequited love. Even for those who want to celebrate love, expectations can be dashed in a sea of unfulfilled hope. But we can make distinct choices to…

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Being Present in the New Year

Being Present in the New Year Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC A new year is a little bit like welcoming guests to our homes. We can choose to embrace 2022 with anticipation or live in persistent stress. Three times, Psalm 37 repeats God’s pattern for stress reduction: do not fret. “Fret” in the Old English means…

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Moving from the Old to a New Year

Moving from the Old to a New Year Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC Have you ever noticed when people say, “Happy New Year,” they almost immediately begin talking about something “old”—from political problems and economic woes to health or family concerns? I’m not suggesting we ignore legitimate concerns but that we learn to manage them. Then…

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Remembering What Matters

Remembering What Matters Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC Have you ever noticed how often God says, “remember”? To Moses, God said, …remember, I am GOD (Numbers 3:41, MSG). To us, Therefore, remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh…

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Being Thankful for Our Ravens

Being Thankful for Our Ravens Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC This Tuesday morning (November 16th) was my monthly opportunity to discuss mental health issues on Mornings with Eric and Brigitte on Moody Radio South Florida (89.3 FM). To build a healthy perspective, we considered Being Thankful for Our Ravens, noticing how God used an unclean bird,…

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From Womb to Tomb

From Womb to Tomb Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC Throughout the world, Job’s story is synonymous with suffering. When his suffering seemed to be at its worst—he’d lost everything, from his livestock to his servants and all of his sons and daughters, he said, Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The…

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Surviving a Plague, a Torn Tendon, and Other Trauma

Surviving a Plague, a Torn Tendon, and Other Trauma Marti Wibbels, MS, LMHC The coronavirus pandemic hit our world without warning, catapulting us into places none of us could have imagined. Even though we’re experiencing the global plague in different ways, everyone has now experienced trauma! Perhaps all trauma survivors can begin to feel safe…

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