The Best of 2016 From April Yamasaki

As I look back on 2016, I'm so grateful for all of you readers--thank you for liking, sharing, commenting, emailing, following incognito, faithfully reading every article, or just dipping in here and there--THANK YOU! It's always a guessing game to know what articles will most resonate with readers, but hindsight is 20/20, and according to … Continue reading The Best of 2016 From April Yamasaki

How to Pray for Families Living with Mental Illness

When Catherine Downing read my article on How to Pray About Mental Illness When You Can't Find the Words, she contacted me to share some helpful resources from her own experience. She writes: Our son, Douglas, was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22, but it wasn't until he turned 34 that he was … Continue reading How to Pray for Families Living with Mental Illness

How to Pray About Mental Illness When You Can’t Find the Words

Last year I suggested that one way the church can stop hiding mental illness is by recognizing that the Bible includes stories of people with mental illness: like King Saul, King Nebuchadnezzar, the man living among the tombs, and others. This year, my congregation again set aside one Sunday for mental health awareness, this time featuring … Continue reading How to Pray About Mental Illness When You Can’t Find the Words

The Best of 2015 from April Yamasaki

Here are my top ten articles for this year according to the total number of views--a good mix that embraces church and ministry, Scripture, prayer, personal, and writing themes. Have a quick scan below. Did you miss any of these? Is your favourite listed? Surprisingly, #1 this year is also my all-time most popular post! … Continue reading The Best of 2015 from April Yamasaki

One Way Your Church Can Stop Hiding Mental Illness

Mental illness is not as obvious as a broken leg, but it's just as real. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Almost half of those who suffer from anxiety and/or depression have never sought medical attention. In one study, 84% of clergy … Continue reading One Way Your Church Can Stop Hiding Mental Illness

A Blue, Imperfect, Blessed Christmas

If you're still scrambling to get ready for Christmas, why not take a step back, take a deep breath, and give yourself permission to have a merry imperfect Christmas: You have permission to be tired sometimes, and not up for visiting with every relative and friend on the face of the planet. You have permission to hide … Continue reading A Blue, Imperfect, Blessed Christmas

Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission

If you are looking for an appropriate way to respond to a person struggling with a mental illness, look to Job's friends. Not when they made the mistake of opening their mouths to try to explain his suffering, but when they first arrived and simply sat with him in silence. - from Delight in Disorder: Ministry, … Continue reading Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission