Whether you just want to gain more understanding on these subjects or you’ve realized you need to find some help yourself, you’re in the right place. Below you’ll find resources that our team has found valuable for challenging subjects. We believe the best step is to take the next step for help and healing.
Motherhood is the state of having or raising a child… or so the dictionary states. The truth is, being a mom is a roller coaster ride. Sometimes you are exhilarated; you’re on the most amazing ride of your life. Other moments are pure terror, and you feel uncertain as to whether or not you will survive. Guess what… you don’t have to be a perfect mom in order to be a great one. And we also want you to know that you are the perfect mom for your child. No one but you can do this well. But we do want to share some resources that just might make this job you are trying to master a little bit easier.
Furthermore, we’ve learned that when speaking to parents, sex trafficking and exploitation must be addressed. As hard as it may be, it’s necessary. It’s urgent that we protect our children. For information on how to bring up the conversation with your children, educate them, and any caregivers, we reccommend these resources: https://www.kidsmartz.org/; https://www.d2l.org/education/5-steps/
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We need to talk about sex trafficking. We assume it’s not a problem that is occurring in our backyard, or even in our country, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Whether you like it or not, it’s happening in every community across the United States—even in yours. It
The folder is bright orange; bright like a hunting vest or a parking cone—neon, really, if I had to describe it. It’s giant too; a spiral-bound notebook of the largest available size, stuffed full of papers and notes, well-loved and often used, the binding on the back starting to come
What is the most difficult and underappreciated role in a family? Why, a stepmother of course! No, I am serious. The majority of my counseling practice is working in family law, a.k.a. divorce. In my capacity, I deal with all members of the family as they try to handle the
I was an insane mother. I worked full-time building our businesses, which required quite a bit of travel, while raising two daughters. So, overcompensation for this personality type was a must! If my girls were going to be subjected to seasons of a busy, pop-in, pop-out mother, then I determined that
It is our prayer that marriages never fail. We believe our first priority is to work toward healing, building a strong and lasting relationship between every husband and wife. If that’s what you need, we have a list of counselors and counseling resources below to help you take steps toward mending a broken relationship. We encourage you to seek that counseling; we have seen many marriages turned around because they did. Yet, in today’s reality, we know that may not always be the case. So, should you face divorce or know someone who is, there is help for you too… as many of our writers have found.
CDS recognizes the fact that even Christian marriages often end in divorce. At that time, many couples enter the legal system lacking services to protect and guide them. They provide the resources for Christians facing divorce and needing Christian divorce help.
Contact Info: www.christiandivorceservices.com
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When your marriage is in a free fall of disconnectedness, anger, or resentment, it can feel like you are standing on the sidelines watching a train wreck, helpless to stop it. It’s terrifying. Even worse, if your spouse has already asked for a divorce, you may be feeling like the
I sit on the rigid, metal chair in the dismal clinic and wait. The air reeks; it is a stale alliance of disinfectant and rubbing alcohol. No one here smiles. Soon, the nurse will call my name and have me follow her into what I assume is another uninviting room
We believe marriage is a vow made with honor—cherished, worthy of fighting to keep, and should not be easily or quickly broken. As much as we wish it weren’t true, we realize that sometimes marriages fail. So, if you find yourself facing divorce or know someone who is, we believe
First of all, you are not alone. Women in our community have lived through the same struggles you are facing. As our writers tell their stories, they want you (or someone you know) to know there is help available, a path to safety, and hope for the future. If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, please call now.
You can call The National Domestic Violence Hotline. They provide 24/7 crisis intervention, safety planning and information on domestic violence.
Contact Info: 1-800-799-7233; https://www.thehotline.org
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There was a time when I never wanted to talk about it, at least not publicly. I never thought I would. In fact, several years into my journey, the majority of people around me saw nothing but smiles. Truth was, my world was unraveling into devastating chaos. It was never due
What do you do when there are no red flags before domestic abuse? Or when the ones that are there have been buried—when you have no warning that the abuse is coming? Everyone always asks after the fact, “Did you see any red flags?” And you sit there wracking your
This struggle is so common, afflicting many in today’s challenging world. You may feel like you can’t pull yourself out, can’t face the day or circumstances, and it all seems nearly insurmountable. We often keep our anxiety and depression to ourselves, fearing others won’t understand. Our writers have addressed these struggles with honesty, and they gladly share the answers they’ve found. We hope that their stories may encourage you and offer hope. But it often takes more than just someone else who understands; it takes reaching out. Please do.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions.
Contact Info: 240-485-1001; https://adaa.org/
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Dear Mom, I see you. You're fighting an invisible battle. A sickness that cannot be seen on an X-ray, no surgery to cut out the despair. You're trying to take back what anxiety and depression have stolen. Life isn't what we all expected it to be. Our family no longer lives under
'Potential Worry-Wart' Asked: What is "normal" anxiety and what crosses over into clinical? In my mid-20s, I experienced panic attacks and a couple years of moderate to severe anxiety and depression. Before then, I did not experience any of those things and believe I had “normal” mental health. There were life circumstances
Can depression be a gift? Is there something to be gained from those dark and hard places in life? If you or someone you love live with this battle, you’ve probably also felt the shame that seems to accompany the intense pain and feelings of hopelessness. The current estimates state
We often think this will never touch us or our family. This subject is filled with such heartache and often lack of answers, making it easy to avoid. But unfortunately for several of the Grit and Grace writers, this reality has become part of their story. Because a few of us have lived through this heartbreak, we understand. If you are struggling with with thoughts of suicide, feel there is no way out, or you know someone else you fear may be in a hopeless place, believing there is no other answer, please reach out. Please make that call. There is a someone there to answer.
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects callers to trained crisis counselors 24/7. They also provide a chat function on their website.
Contact Info: 1-800-273-8255; https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
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I knew my father was having a difficult time in life. It was so very unlike this man whose smile warmed the hearts of perfect strangers to see that smile so infrequently. But at the age of 50, having left his position as an accountant, he could not find a
Did you know that one of the most influential pastors and preachers of the Christian faith struggled with depression and even suicidal thoughts? Known as the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon’s work has provided an intangible, yet very real hope for people over the last 100+ years. The same mind
*The reality of suicide has touched the lives of several of the writers at The Grit & Grace Project so we are taking the opportunity to share our hearts. As the daughter of someone who took their own life, there are things I have learned since that fateful day. I am in no
Please reach out if you are struggling.
Dr. Zoe Shaw
Dr. Zoe works with women and couples all over the world who are struggling with one, or sometimes all, facets of relationships, parenting, life, work/life balance, self love, anxiety or depression. She can help you find a healthier new normal! Connect with her online or join her newsletter for monthly doses of encouragement right to your inbox (text the word “join” to 38470).
Contact Info: www.drzoeshaw.com
Dr. Therese Mascardo
Dr. Therese is a California-based Remote Psychologist and digital nomad with a background in ministry. She specializes in working with women who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or transitions, especially those who identify as multi-passionate, out of the box thinkers, or overachievers. You can find her @exploring.therapy on Instagram where she inspires through conversations about wellness, food, and travel, or on her website.
Contact Info: www.exploringtherapy.com
Dr. Shawn Horn
Dr. Horn is a Licensed Psychologist in Washington State. She offers individual therapy in her private practice located in Spokane. She also offers telehealth for those in Washington State.
Contact Info: 509-535-2045; www.drshawnhorn.com
Dr. Christina Hansen Cohen
Dr. Hansen Cohen is a licensed psychologist based in Florida whose work spans from individual to family, and hospital to private practice. She has been identified as an expert in court regarding family law issues, child development, domestic violence, and alienation. Dr. Hansen has received specialized training in pediatric psychology, health psychology and neuropsychological evaluation. She also offers telehealth for those in Florida.
Contact Info: 239-274-7792; https://www.drhansencohen.com/
The services provided and advice offered through the resources we named or any affiliated entities, persons or organizations is solely that of the provider. The Grit and Grace Project holds no responsibility or liablity to the information given.