Jul 30 2012

Dealing with Dissapointment - Bouncing Back

How to you handle crushing disappointment? 

Last night in the Olympics, the women's gymnastics competition brought that to light so well. Jordyn Wieber, the reigning World Champion missed out on a chance to compete for the All Around Gold Medal. How would you encourage her?

Jordyn Wieber: Dreams of Individual Gold Deflate After a Lifetime of Focus. abc NEWS 

"It's very sad," said Roni Cohen-Sandler, a clinical psychologist from Weston, Conn., who specializes in adolescent stress.

"I do worry about kids -- and they are kids at 17 -- who feel as if winning a gold medal will completely change their life and make or break them as people," she said. "That's very dangerous."

"Hopefully, their coaches and parents are supportive and not focused only on their successes and failures," she said.

When parents live vicariously through their athlete children, losing can feel like "double failure," said Cohen-Sandler, who is author of the 2005 book, "Stressed Out Girls: Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure."

Jordyn Wieber's mom comforts her with twitter hug. mnn

Jordyn Wieber’s Coach Calls Elimination an ‘Injustice’. abc News

Even Wieber, it appears, has already turned her individual disappointment into a focus on the next goal, the team final on Tuesday with a Tweet.

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Jul 27 2012

Denver Sharefest

Thanks to all of you who prayed for us and helped out in Denver's Sharefest a few weeks ago. Here's a recap of some of the things that took place and how everyone showed God's love in communities throughout Colorado; especially in the wake of the wildfires this summer and the movie theater shooting in Aurora on July 20th. Thanks to Redrocks Church for producing it, enjoy!

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Jul 27 2012

Seeing God in Nature

A few weeks ago, I got a chance to soak up God's beauty on a trip to Denver, Colorado. Ever since I was a kid, nature has spoke to me just how immense and great God is, and this trip reaffirmed that. It's amazing that our God, who created all of nature, still loves me and each one of us. What reminds you of God and how amazing he is?

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