If We Want to Love Well, We Must Love Long

"We discovered your blog post that includes a range of prayers related to mental illness. Is there one of these that you would see as particularly appropriate for a hymnal and worship book? If not, would you be open to selecting or writing something else? Although space limits us to one short prayer on this subject, we hope that it can serve as … Continue reading If We Want to Love Well, We Must Love Long

The Best of 2017 From April Yamasaki

Merry Christmas, and God's rich blessing for the coming new year to all of my dear readers! May the many glittering lights of this season remind you of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, the Light of the World today and every day. If you ever experience FOMO--the Fear Of Missing Out--today's article is … Continue reading The Best of 2017 From April Yamasaki

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