HELP & HoPE
“Whatever burdens my fellow caregivers struggle with, I can help. I’m willing to put it all out there.” So says Peter Rosenberger in the introduction of his book, Hope for Caregivers. When Peter married Gracie over thirty years ago, he knew she had some medical issues resulting from a near fatal car accident she was in at the age of 17. The full impact of those issues did not hit him until a medical crisis shortly after their marriage. Peter candidly discusses the pressures a caregiver experiences when solely responsible for his or her spouse’s physical needs. He humbly admits that he has made every mistake possible and is passionate about helping other caregivers avoid those pitfalls.
Is it possible to break free from drugs after a lifetime of using? Shelley Tribbitt says yes. After using drugs for over thirty years, Shelley broke free from the drugs, but then had to face the collateral damage she had done to her family and friends. In this poignant interview, Shelley describes the devastation drug use brought on her family, including the loss of custody of her children. Her daughter, Bay, joins the conversation and describes how she reconciled with her mother and why she never gave in to the temptation of drug use, even though they were readily available.
Renee Dixon compares her life as a widow, single mom, and small business owner with mounting bills to climbing a hard, rocky pathway filled with gnarled roots. She describes how she learned to grasp those roots as a means to pull herself along the hard road of life that sometimes felt impossible to travel. Those gnarled roots along the pathway helped shape Renee into a woman whose own determination, endurance and grit encourages the very people she is called to serve.
Suicide was on teen Denise Haas’ mind a lot, so much so that she tried several times to take her life. Her parents’ divorce shattered her world and living didn’t seem like a good option. In this compelling conversation, Denise transparently shares her story in an attempt to grab the hands of teens who are struggling with similar darkness and compel them to “just hold on!”
In this episode Dr. Betters answers the question, "I am a single parent of two teenage girls. I divorced my husband 5 years ago after he severely beat me. I have now met a man that loves the Lord and loves his kids and I believe he would make a wonderful father for my girls. His ex-wife was unfaithful to him. Biblically, are we allowed to remarry? Would you recommend it?"
In this episode Dr. Betters answers the question, "My son asked why God allows earthquakes and school shootings? How do I explain this tough question to him?"
In this episode Dr. Betters answers the question, "How do you talk about suffering and God’s purpose in suffering with people who are in the midst of it?"
Treasures of Encouragement
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November is the month we honor Caregivers and our MARKINC team is delighted to offer help and hope through Chuck’s conversation with Peter Rosenberger. Peter calls himself the crash dummy for caregivers because in his words, “I’ve made every mistake possible and my goal is to help other caregivers avoid those potholes.”....
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