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You Are Wanted — Song Review

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You can hear the confidence in her voice when someone sings what she believes about herself, and in a song I heard recently, the singer does just that. “Wanted” by Dara Maclean reminds you of the truth: You are wanted. Even if you don’t have a Valentine to take you out for Valentine’s Day, or if you feel like people just put up you, there IS someone who wants you.

In this song, Dara sings the words with such confidence and authority that it helps you believe the truth: You are wanted! The music throbs along with her strong, vigorous vocals, and it sticks in your head. It’s a fine song to blast in your car and dance to.

Let the truth soak into you:

 

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Tips on Ways to Support Suicidal Loved Ones

Three years ago I knew my Mom was depressed, but I didn’t realize how
close to suicide she was, so I left her alone one day when she was
deeply troubled. A few minutes later after calling a few family
members who didn’t answer, she overdosed on sleeping pills. My Dad
found her and called for help, and she survived. What would I have
done differently?

1. Put a suicide hot-line in your loved-one’s cell phone and tell them
“CALL THIS NUMBER if you think you are going to hurt yourself.” One
number is: 1 (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish
Website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

2. Take suicide threats seriously. If they can say it out loud to you,
it means they have thought about it. Take them to a ER or
mental-health hospital.

3. Realize you can’t save your loved one. Get them to help, but then
entrust them to God.
I’m so thankful my Mom made it through this troubled time, and that
she is sharing her story with others. (See other articles under the
suicide tab.) There is healing from mental illness!

By M. H. Campbell Copyright 2014

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On Being Lovingly Honest: Floss every day and other thoughts

Some personalities tend toward the gentle and nurturing side of life, so when they collide with the bold, sometimes brash, and clearly honest type of personalities, they tend to think the honest people are mean. Being honest is not being mean. Being honest is truthfully letting the other person know how their response to you effects you. Honesty builds trust; you know how there’s some people who will just tell it like it is? Sometimes you don’t like what they say, but you need to hear it.
One place our society really wants honesty is in the medical profession. Our society pays medical people to be honest. Think about it: I paid the dentist a lot of money to poke around in my teeth to tell me they are somewhat healthy, but I need to floss. I went back four months later, and they told me I still have a lot of plaque, so I should be flossing every day. It took me the third time to really get the point that they wouldn’t have to scrape at my teeth so much if I just flossed EVERY DAY! Learning how to transition out of that too-nurturing and gentle tendency toward being honest mixed with love has been a journey for me. I’ve swung toward to harsh and honest side sometimes, but with loving feedback from friends, I’m learning how to be balanced.

Sometimes we need people to be repeatedly, lovingly honest toward us–sometimes we have to pay them (I’m flossing more often now!), but sometimes they are old friends who care for us enough to let us know the truth, and who still love us even when we hurt them. Working toward that type of  relationship is something I desire. I desire to be around people who will tell me the truth in love, even when it’s hard.

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