Weekend Reading | Jan. 8

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

Tetris Shown to Lessen PTSD and Flashbacks

Researchers are now corroborating what some trauma sufferers have happened upon by chance: Focusing on a highly engaging visual-spatial task, such as playing video games, may significantly reduce the occurrence of flashbacks, the mental images concerning the trauma that intrude on the sufferer afterward.

TO FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS: REFRAMING YOUR SEASON OF STRUGGLE

Kids from hard places don’t need perfect and polished parents – they need parents who are strong enough to be weak. They need ones who are honest and real. So maybe today you don’t need to pretend like you’ve got it all together. Maybe today is your day to finally be okay with the fact that it’s okay to not be okay. If there’s room in the gospel for their redemption then their must also be room in the gospel for yours. Perhaps you simply need to give yourself that room today. Maybe the best thing you can do for your kids during this season is to spend more time pressing into Jesus for yourself during this season. It’s okay to not be okay, keep telling yourself that. It’s okay to not be okay. That’s where the gospel thrives, where true strength is found and where Jesus patiently waits to remind us that, in the end, it’s not about us, but about Him.

Coming Out of Hiding

But something happened a couple days ago.  My “Time Hop” from a year ago abruptly went silent.  No posts.  No pictures.  No memories.  Just sudden stillness.  And I remembered.  My open book was slammed shut exactly one year ago.  For five days.  Five days in mental health facility.

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