Focused on Hope

The name of our podcast is Hope Pieced Together. The word in Mosaics of Mercy’s logo is hope. Why are we focused on hope? I think the Good News translation of Proverbs 13:12 says it concisely, “When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed.” We have expectations or hopes for our lives and the lives […]

Are Mental Health Struggles Contagious?

Sitting across from me at a tea room was the mother of a young adult. From the outside, you would not find any indication of the pain she was battling inside. The statement she made broke my heart. “I think people believe the struggles our family has been facing around our daughter’s mood disorder are […]

Season of Joy

Season of Joy. Some may read those words and be able to say they are in that season. Others may read them and feel a heaviness of the expectation that you “should” feel that way during the holidays. If you are in the midst of facing decisions to send a family member to treatment, battling […]

The Greatest Gift

Words of wisdom from Kate Turner, LPC that were shared in the Love and Logic Insider’s Club. ________ Have you ever felt so angry that tears fill your eyes? That’s the state I found myself in as I listened to my own precious children say some hurtful things to me — to me, the woman […]

What can you release this school year?

The beginning of the new school year is an excellent time to look at family priorities. To do this, take one of your hands and make a closed fist. In that hand envision the items in your child’s life that you consider non-negotiable. Some options might be grades, college, popularity, a strong faith, or athletic […]

Are you happy?

It is difficult for people who have never suffered from an addiction or mental health struggle to understand that even though your life is falling apart around you, the addiction/eating disorder/etc. feels safe and familiar. “It” feels like a friend. You have turned to it for both celebration and to face the pain. The idea […]

A Contrast in Lifelines

My pulse is throbbing in my ears, and I feel fear at the very core of my being, as I watch my precious baby boy’s color turn to blue and his chest go still. There is no breath, no life. Frantically I try to recall everything I know to do as a registered nurse and […]

Don’t Look Away

Lady Gaga hit the nail on the head at the Grammy’s Sunday night. While addressing mental health issues in her speech, she said, “If you see someone that’s hurting, don’t look away.” Three simple words that sum up an action that could change the trajectory of a life.  “Don’t look away.” Speaker, author, and mental […]

Where is Your Butt?

There is silence on the other end of the line as I spend a full 15 minutes rattling off everything that I predict will be the outcome of my current struggle. The possibilities I am presenting, with an assurance that they will occur, are all negative. I make no room for positive alternatives. I take […]

A Bubble

Looking at this mosaic heart in the glass dome sparked a thought. The Free Dictionary confirmed that thought by giving not only the obvious definition of a bubble, but the less obvious one of a isolative, protective coating. When you encounter a struggle, mental health or otherwise, the tendency can be to put up a […]