Intended for Good

Do things always go the way you want them to go? Does life always treat you fairly? Have you ever wondered, What if? All of those questions remind me of two biblical characters and their life paths – Joseph and Esther. Though their stories are unrelated, the climactic...

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Everyday Heroes

I love football season. More specifically, I love the college football season. But the National Football League (NFL)? Not so much. There’s something that happens going from the college game to the pro game. I am not sure if it is the influence and infusion of big...

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Hurricane Harvey – How You Can Help

We want to share an update in regards to Hurricane Harvey and the clients our family of ministries serves. Gracewood families and campus are safe. However, we have many staff and friends of Gracewood impacted by the storm. The office will remain closed until Monday,...

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What is TBRI? | Part 4: The Correcting Principles

TBRI® Correcting Principles aim to address a child’s behavioral issues in a positive way. Two important principles in the correcting component are proactive and responsive behavioral strategies. In proactive strategies, we focus on putting the child on the right path...

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What is TBRI? | Part 3: The Empowering Principles

Through TBRI®’s Empowering Principles, we are able to address a child’s physical needs by concentrating on their safety and health. Many of the clients our ministries serve come from traumatic situations and our priority is to provide them with a feeling of “felt...

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What is TBRI? | Part 2: The Connecting Principles

Often, children from hard places tend to retreat from relationships with others as a form of fear or distrust. In TBRI®’s connecting principles, the focus is to meet a child’s need for relationships through awareness and playful engagement. One part of awareness is to...

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What is TBRI? | Part 1: An Introduction

Trauma-informed care is an essential part of both the culture of our ministries and the services they provide. Taking a trauma-informed approach to care means looking beyond the behaviors of the children and families we serve and finding the meaning behind that...

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In the Midst of It All

I’ve been reflecting on the past five years lately and wondering what the next five years will bring. Both personally and organizationally, many things have changed in life over the last 60 months. When you think about what has gone on in the world around you during...

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