Categories
50 shades of grey abortion active listening affairs anger management Anxiety beatitudes belonging boundaries change of heart christian counseling christmas compassion international counseling COVID 19 tips for helping others dating Depression divine Easter encouragement father's day fathers generosity goals Grief happiness Hendrick Motorsports how to tell a good story humor identity crisis inspiration inspirational Make your bed marriage masks mental health mothers day Overcome evil with Good parenting positive thinking Pro Life Proverbs 31 lady pulling back the shades reedeming love technology technology guidelines Uncategorized what not to do wolf dad

Podcast Season 1 Finale

Praying my dad still talks to me after this one…

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1378717/6518035

Categories
abortion active listening affairs anger management Anxiety atheists beatitudes belonging boundaries change of heart christian counseling christmas counseling dating Depression divine encouragement father's day fathers generosity goals Grief how to tell a good story humor identity crisis inspiration Love Life Charlotte marathon marriage masks mental health military mothers day Overcome evil with Good parenting positive politics positive thinking Pro Life Proverbs 31 lady ptsd pulling back the shades reading reedeming love what not to do wolf dad

Don’t go chasing Waterfalls

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1378717/6196429

Categories
active listening anger management Anxiety boundaries change of heart christian counseling Christian counseling christmas COVID 19 tips for helping others dating Depression divine encouragement generosity goals Grief happiness how to tell a good story humor inspiration inspirational mental health military Overcome evil with Good parenting reading reedeming love running what not to do

Podcast Episode 3: How you start isn’t always how you finish

Don’t miss our funny and encouraging stories along with an interview with former child actress from One Tree Hill, Grace Holcomb! Review and subscribe today. Share you thoughts!

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1378717/5798839

Categories
affairs anger management Anxiety beatitudes belonging boundaries change of heart christian counseling compassion international counseling COVID 19 tips for helping others Depression encouragement generosity goals Grief happiness how to tell a good story humor inspiration inspirational mental health No regrets Overcome evil with Good parenting Proverbs 31 lady reading reedeming love what not to do

What makes a good story?

According to the American press institute, “A good story is about something the audience decides is interesting or important. ” As an avid reader, I love a good story. One I read recently was The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, who tells the love story of two Holocaust survivors. I highly recommend reading it! As the reader, I felt it was a good story because it was based on true events and real people. Hearing amazing stories of survival and hope are arguably why I love my job as a counselor. Not only do I get to hear amazing stories, but I somewhat get to be a small part of the resolve of tension for those who trust me with their stories or at least I am privileged to be one whom individuals seek to help process their stories.

Some suggest a good story contains elements such as conflict, tension, surprise, love, mystery, interesting characters, noble behaviors, evil behaviors, suspense, laughter, frustration, and the list goes on. It is much easier to read a story that has all of these elements, but as we live out our individual stories, the elements of a good story are much harder to experience personally. We don’t love experiencing conflict. Tension cause headaches among many other things. Surprise can be fun, but can also be scary. Love, well….that word is loaded with all types of emotions and meanings. People love seeing good overcome evil in stories, yet the rarely want to be the ones in real life who have the enormous task of overcoming evil.

How interesting is your life? How good is your story? Have you allowed conflict, surprise, tension, love, evil, suspense, laughter, frustration, and noble behavior help God to create a strikingly interesting story of your life? Or have you settled for a boring, complacent, comfortable, and uninteresting story? Further, have you hidden your magnificent story below your hurt and pain in an attempt to mask your pain? (If so, seek a good counselor who can help your process the pain).

Personally, I believe every person’s life at some level is an amazing story or has the potential to be one. Even greater I believe every person has the opportunity to be a part the greatest story ever, HIStory! God’s story! He created us. He gave us free will to make choices that bring about all the elements of a good story as mentioned earlier. Most importantly, God has and is redeeming all of the stories for those who choose Him. Have you allowed God to redeem your story? Are you allowing him to use you to help others in their stories? Finally, don’t avoid the wonderful elements that God is using in your story to bring about good. Embrace conflict, frustrations, setbacks. Fight evil, seek laughter, and choose to have noble behavior. As you do, sit back and enjoy the journey of being a part of an amazing story!

Here is a very simple example of how God used the craziness of the COVID-19 in my story this year. He encouraged me to volunteer with Meals on Wheels and I truly love it. Once a week, I take time out of my busy schedule to deliver food and enjoy the smiles of some precious people no doubt with amazing stories!

Enjoying HIS story-making,

Dr. Atwell