Witnessing Renewal - Letters from the Founder of Restoration Place Counseling

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

November 21st, 2011 by Cindy - No Responses

So, I haven’t posted anything since November 3, and it’s now the 21st! I am not sure if anyone even cares, but the blog experts would tell me that I need to write more often to keep readers engaged. I wonder if that is really true. Nonetheless, I thought I would share an article that I recently wrote for the Guilford Woman magazine. I suppose it’s not plagiarism if I’m the original author, right? And, considering the topic of this post, it’s surely the appropriate time to share. I hope you enjoy! We’ve entered that season so often called “the most… read more

Angels without Wings

November 3rd, 2011 by Cindy - 2 Responses

The other day I was dusting–something done frequently with feline children in the house. I picked up my two Willow Tree® angels who hang out on a table in my bedroom and… who no longer have their wings. And it made me wonder about angels who have lost their wings. First, I have to say that these angels lost their wings in a very everyday way. That would be Gracie–my overly anxious, demanding, and precocious 6 1/2 pound kitty who thinks she’s as big as a lion. Over the  years when Gracie has been ready for mom to wake up, she… read more

Hate to Wait

October 22nd, 2011 by Cindy - 2 Responses

Wait. Not my favorite word in the English language. Sometimes it’s not completely awful. Like tonight. I had a dinner date with my dear friend Megan. She’s in grad school and since this semester began, we haven’t had much time to catch up. So we met over at one of the popular Shops at Friendly restaurants, and of course, there was a 30-45 minute wait. We didn’t care much though because as I said, we had lots of catching up to do. However, after waiting for what appeared to be longer than the hostess’s estimated time and after noticing lots of… read more

Chronic Illness and Depression: A Road to Recovery

October 16th, 2011 by Cindy - One Response

This post first appeared as an article I wrote for the September 2011 Guilford Woman magazine. In 1972, after a bout of back pain and severe headaches due to high blood pressure, my father was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). He was 43 years old, and it was my parents 10th wedding anniversary. For several years, life didn’t change all that much for him. The blood pressure was controlled with medication, and truth be told, he admittedly chose to deny the implications of the disease—the same disease that had ended his father’s life at age 58. However, in January… read more

Lament

October 4th, 2011 by Cindy - 4 Responses

The most difficult thing about my job is being keenly aware of the vast amount of heartache and pain among us. Sometimes it feels like it’s too much to bear, especially during a time when I carry my own personal hurts and disappointments. There are often no words appropriate for the suffering brought on by abuse, betrayal, broken relationships, and the like. In Scripture, however, we find a response to suffering that gives voice to our protests, questions, and complaints. That voice is lament. I recently read that “lament arises not because we have stopped believing in God and his providential rule over creation, but… read more