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In the spirit of spreading cheer, enjoy the lighter side of SevenPonds: Stars and Clover, the SevenPonds office foster kittens! Keep a smile on your face, and enjoy your friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season. Thank you for … Continue reading Comments

As we approach the end of the year and look forward to ringing in 2012, I thought I’d choose a poem about reflection and deference to all aspects of life—including death. The poem I’ve selected is “Sorrow’s Uses,” by Ella … Continue reading →

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Prayer may be many more things than a Plea Requesting Assistance; a Yearning for Encouragement and Respite, but contained within the moment's need little truly matters more than divine provision of a safe house in the cold of night. In that moment of need, let us prove worthy of this sensibility: make the Plea Requesting Assistance; a Yearning for Encouragement and Respite, for the Lord will help. Comments

‘Tis the Season  It’s that time of year again, the time of year that bereaved parents struggle with all of the anxiety from the anticipation of what the Holidays will bring in the way of unwanted gifts, Holiday memories.  For some it’s the past Holiday memories that cause the pain while others, like me, it’s [...]

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Something in my friend's voice on the phone felt to me like she was drowning. A cold, damp image drifted into my body like smoke, sharpening into a scene of the writer Virginia Woolf, depressed beyond hope in 1941, her overcoat pockets heavy with stones, wading deeper and deeper into Sussex's River Ouse, to her watery grave. (The gentle Ouse flowed behind the rural home of my English parents-in-... Comments
Do you struggle with a low mood during the holiday season? Are you faced with memories of loss, or possibly dealing with low mood because of less daylight? While its good to honor your feelings each day, here are ideas on how to lift your mood, if you choose to. Comments
Sometimes we feel bombarded by life as we work through one event after another, striving to reach the next one that's in the diary, being blown off course by unplanned events and struggling as the bills mount up. Life goes on. At times it can feel like it goes on and on and on and on... as if there is no end, no destination. We can feel this way following life events which don't make sense, such... Comments

When you lose a loved one due to death, separation, divorce, or other circumstances, it's natural to go through a grieving process. However, grieving is not just something we experience when a person dies. You may be grieving the loss of a cherished home you've had for a long time, or a job that you loved working in. There are many things that may cause us to feel the need to grieve in order...

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Due to the likelihood of them, God designed us capable of bearing under them: crises. When we cannot, we bow to Divine strength to get us through. Whichever way we look at it, we are fit for a crisis. Comments

Grief is not just emotional or psychological; it is also physical.  It is important to attend to your physical health.  Do not hesitate to consult with a trusted physician. Exercise and try to improve your eating habits.  It will take time to begin to withdraw yourself from the comfort foods that may have become your [...]

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