Chutes and Ladders: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

What about when I am a good person, do all the right things, serve God with all my heart…and things don’t turn out the way they are supposed to turn out? Ben Arnold shares what he learned about bad things happening to good people from a game of chutes and ladders.


The Furniture Fiasco (How to Help Those With Resistance to Counseling)

Resistance. […] Maybe it’s the addict who has been court-ordered to participate in therapy, the teenager whose parents are “forcing” him to talk with a counselor, or the child who is reluctant to process her past trauma. Knowing how to respond effectively to resistance can mean the difference between a positive treatment experience and the helping relationship being left more bruised and battered than the desk in my office.


Grief and Groceries: What To Do When Grief Is Unexpected

My Grandma Arnold passed away last month after a valiant battle with cancer. Her death came on the heels of a messy 2014 – a year that, for me, was littered with fractured friendships, unmet expectations, and the diagnosis of a heart condition.


The Invisible Suitcase: Unpacking the Emotions, Expectations, and Hopes of Foster Children

I was exhausted by the time I reached the security checkpoint.  I had spent the weekend on the East Coast, and I’d just sprinted across the airport terminal to catch my flight back to Lexington: a flight that was leaving in less than 30 minutes. I flashed my I.D. and my boarding pass, removed my […]