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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Blog

Insight for Living’s Special Needs Ministries blog has a new address and a new look! Please change any bookmarks you may have to our new location:


This archived blog and its pages/urls will be phased out soon.

18 posts categorized "Video Interviews"

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities [Video]

An Interview with Kathleen Bolduc

Not many of us would put together the words love and suffering. Suffering feels like anything but love. One of life’s greatest struggles is to resolve that our all-loving God allows us to suffer; in fact, Scripture repeatedly reminds us that God is love and we will suffer.

Kathleen Bolduc understands suffering, as she raised a son with disabilities. She has experienced bitter-cold sorrow and has been warmed by God’s loving embrace for more than thirty years. Her book The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities helps us understand that God’s love breaks through most often when we are broken open.

If you are enduring pain and questioning God’s love, Kathy’s words will warm your soul.

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Love is a word pregnant with warmth and hope, joy and happiness. If love were a season, it would probably be spring; and as a color, we think of red or pink. Suffering, on the other hand, feels void of warmth and life: cold, lonely, painful, and for some, hopeless. If suffering were a season, it would be winter—icy, bitter, bleak, and void of any color.

Falling in love is exciting, falling into pain is excruciating.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

How to Find Hope That Lasts [Video]

An Interview with Marilyn Meberg

I remember a childhood rhyme kids used to say to tease one another. It ended with something like “. . . first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.” And somewhere between childhood rhymes and the developed rhythms of adult life, these witty sayings became internalized beliefs—as if life should unfold as simply as those sayings roll off our tongues.

But life is not that simple, and sometimes the marriage or the baby carriage leaves us deeply wounded, unfulfilled, and even empty. Where is God when our wants and wishes wash away and we crash against the solid, stern rock of reality? How do we move forward with broken hearts, bewildered to know what the “abundant Christian life” is really about?

In this profoundly touching interview, Marilyn Meberg openly discusses her personal experiences of love and loss—as well as how to live with lasting hope through life’s challenges.

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 Interview Questions

  1. Something very significant happened in your life years ago. Will you tell us about that?
  2. Were there any indications of your daughter’s disorder during your pregnancy?
  3. Was she taken away from you immediately?
  4. How do you live fully on this side of heaven, knowing that your loved ones are already in heaven?
  5. How did you handle those first few hours after Joni’s birth and the grief of discovering her condition?
  6. If you could do it again, would you parent differently?
  7. When did you and your husband Ken come together?
  8. How did saying “good-bye” to your husband when he died change you?
  9. What kind of support did you have in dealing with grief?
  10. Did you ever ask, “God, why did You take my husband?”
  11. How did you find meaning and purpose in the healing process?
  12. How does humor heal us?
  13. How does a person heal after losing a loved one?
  14. What do we do with those things in life that will never fully heal? Or, what about the mom who says, “I didn’t ask for this”?
  15. What is the answer to the question, “Why isn’t God listening to me?”
  16. How long did it take you to figure out that God’s ways are not our ways . . . and how long did it take to be at peace with that truth?
  17. How can the church take better care of or offer support to those who are suffering?
  18. How did your family grow after you lost Joni?
  19. What can you say to those who have a broken heart?

Let Me Hear from You

No one plans to lose a child or a loved one. No one expects to wake up one morning wondering how she or he is going to make it through the day. Even as Christians, admitting we are lost in pain and grief is difficult because few know how to really deal with the raw side of reality.

Without a doubt, Marilyn understands the challenges of life as well as how to find meaning and purpose in them. As you watched this interview:

  • Did part of your own story relate to Marilyn’s?
  • Have you just lost a loved one and your balloon of grief is about to burst?
  • Is your baby carriage empty, while others’ seem so unfairly full?
  • Do you wonder where God is? Does God seem distant, uncaring, unfaithful, or unjust?
  • What was the hardest part of watching this interview, and why?

Remember, wherever you go, God is there—whether or not you feel His presence. Let’s talk over these real, raw issues and move forward with renewed hope.

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About Marilyn Meber

An accomplished speaker, teacher, writer, therapist, and mother, Marilyn Meberg has influenced millions of lives. Witty, wise, warm, well-spoken, and wonderfully compassionate, Marilyn invests her life into helping others understand themselves and embrace life. With a master’s degree in English, Marilyn spent 10 years as an English professor at Biola University, then pursued a master’s degree in psychology and cultivated a successful practice as a therapist in Southern California. Marilyn then devoted more than 16 years as one of the most popular speakers and authors for the Women of Faith organization. Presently, Marilyn resides in Frisco, Texas, attends Stonebriar Community Church, and continues to empower others to experience and embrace life to the fullest.

Marilyn Meberg Resources

  • Choosing the Amusing by Marilyn Meberg, softcover book
  • Constantly Craving: How to Make Sense of Always Wanting More by Marilyn Meberg, softcover book
  • Free Inside and Out by Marilyn Meberg and Luci Swindoll, softcover book
  • Love Me Never Leave Me: Discovering the Inseparable Bond That Our Hearts Crave by Marilyn Meberg, softcover book

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

3 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me: A Dad’s Story

An Interview with Bob West

In .22 seconds, more than 94,400,000 links to the word parenting came up in my search engine, revealing that we certainly don’t lack for material on the topic of parenting. However, the parenting process is far more complex than a list of links or a load of head knowledge, and parenting is profoundly more complicated when a difficult or disabling condition is involved.

Twenty-four years ago, Bob and Sue West were settling into life together—successful, well-educated newlyweds with typical dreams of home and family life. But life has a way of teaching us that dreams rarely unfold as planned; such was the Wests' experience with the birth of their oldest son, Kyle, diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Over the course of 17 years, Kyle has endured 11 major surgeries—along with painful and persistent difficulties that have changed their lives in countless ways. In this very vulnerable interview, Bob talks about wrestling with his faith and forging a totally different path with his family.

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Interview Questions

  1. The Lord changed your family life years ago; will you tell us about that?
  2. Tell us about “D” day . . . Diagnosis day. What was it like to hear the doctors say, “Your son has cerebral palsy"?
  3. How did your wife respond to the diagnosis?
  4. How were you able to identify your feelings, and how can we learn to identify our feelings in the midst of such trauma?
  5. How did you and your wife work through the stress of life at that time?
  6. How did you deal with the negative assumptions and judgments from those in the church?
  7. How have you discovered God as your Father?
  8. How did Dr. James Dobson answer your son’s question, “How can God use someone like me with cerebral palsy?”
  9. How did you not get stuck in resentment and bitterness? How did you avoid telling yourself, “This is unfair; I don’t deserve this!”?
  10. What is the third point in your booklet that you wish you would have known years ago?
  11. What are some general principles you have discovered that would be beneficial for men to hear?

Let Me Hear from You

Questioning God, wrestling with faith, belief, doubt, disappointment, and grief are not the most popular subjects people discuss, yet they are part of our lives.

Rare is the person who has an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ who hasn’t endured suffering or entered into seasons of spiritual bewilderment. We can’t walk through the valley alone, so whom do we trust with our deepest questions?

These questions have to be asked somewhere; why not here?

  • What part of Bob’s story did you connect with?
  • Do you feel lost or confused about how to move forward?
  • Isn’t it time to turn on the lights and talk about real stuff as Bob did in this interview?

I promise you will not be judged or rejected; instead, you will find comfort and care as you never have experienced before. So please, take time to examine and reflect, and let’s begin to reach toward each other. We need one another.

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 Connect with Bob West

Bob and Sue West have three children: Kyle, Jonathan, and Monica. Due to God’s faithful work in their lives, Bob and Sue have developed a significant ministry to families around the world via their “Need Project” ministry and Web site.

You can connect with Bob on his Web site, where you can also find numerous resources, including Bob’s book.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

God’s Providential Hand: From Deep, Dark Valleys to New Light and Life

An Interview with Craig Johnson

The word surprise has different meanings to many of us. There is much fun in celebrating someone with a surprise party or gift. But what about those surprising, unforeseen, unexpected events that come along? For example:

  • A car accident
  • The loss of a job
  • The loss of a loved one or child
  • A life-changing diagnosis
  • Chronic pain or disability

Startling circumstances that suddenly change our lives often include pain, sorrow, loss; and these circumstances often force us to change our perspectives and direction in life. Learning how to move forward is tenuous and terribly difficult. In this powerful, life-giving interview, Craig Johnson shares how he and his family forged their way through several significant surprises—from the loss of his father and his family’s move and career adjustments, to the autism diagnosis of his son, Connor.

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But that’s just the beginning of the story. Through it all, you will be inspired by hearing how Craig’s faithfulness to his family and to the Lord has led to a global revolution personally and professionally. Craig’s compassion for others and his commitment to Jesus are magnetic, revealing that God’s surprises can powerfully change us and provide an abundance of joy and hope.

Interview Questions

  1. Tell us about your family and where your story began and how you dealt with the difficulties that came all at once?
  2. How did you deal with Connor’s diagnosis?
  3. When and how did you and your family resolve Connor’s diagnosis and begin to adjust to a “new normal”?
  4. How did your friends, family, and church respond? What was helpful; what wasn’t helpful?
  5. What brought you and your family together during this hard time of change?
  6. How did the process of change unfold?
  7. How did God fulfill His promise to you, and what resources were developed from your experiences?
  8. What do you say to those who don’t have a miraculous healing?
  9. Tell us about your book Lead Vertically.
  10. What would you say to those who have been hurt by the church or who have been wounded in their soul?

Let Me Hear from You

It’s one thing to hear a message of hope and healing; it’s another thing to trust God through our own hardships. As God promises to provide, His providential hand will be different for each of us.

  • Are you feeling forgotten or in despair?
  • Have you avoided church because of some past hurt?
  • Craig offered an excellent word picture using a cup of water. For some, it is ordinary; for someone else, it is extraordinary. Are you willing to step out, serve others, and listen and refocus as God leads you to see His extraordinary hand in and through you? What are you waiting for?

Let’s talk about these questions as we reflect on this interview with Craig Johnson.

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Connect with Craig Johnson

Craig has been in ministry for more than 20 years and currently serves as director of ministries at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Craig speaks at churches and organizations globally, bringing help and hope to families with special needs as well as education and awareness about special needs programs.

Recently, Craig launched the Circle of Hope Ministry, a new program at Lakewood Church that offers hope to at-risk kids—children who are medically fragile and with special needs—by providing support through mentorship and respite. He helped launch the Lakewood Internship and Lay Ministry programs, and he created Kidslife, the children’s ministry of Lakewood Church. Craig also launched the “Champions Club” and a new Web site called, which focuses on supporting families with tremendous challenges. Champion’s Club recently connected with World Vision, and together they are taking the first special needs ministry programs around the world.

He is the author of a leadership book titled Lead Vertically: Inspire People to Volunteer / Build Great Teams That Last.

Craig and his wife of 23 years, Samantha, have three children: Cory, Courtney, and Connor.

You can connect with Craig on his Web site.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Embracing Our Weirdness with Wonderful Strength

An Interview with Laurie Wallin

Wonderfully weird . . . not many of us would put those two words together. However, Laurie Wallin—certified life coach, speaker, teacher, and gifted author—reveals that God has in place a master plan for our lives that is, indeed, weird and wonderful.

Most often, we get stuck in the frustrations of being different—or in the differences of others—and can’t see God’s design in it all. As a mother of four, Laurie found herself at the bottom of a dark pit, depressed and deeply discouraged by the overwhelming challenges of raising a child with differences.

In this candid interview, Laurie openly talks about times in her life when, in spite of her devotion to parenting and prayer, things went from bad to worse and she felt as though God wasn’t hearing her cries for help.

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Eventually, Laurie realized the Lord was using these painfully complex challenges for a greater purpose . . . His sovereign purpose.

As a result of submitting to His will and His ways, Laurie’s perspective changed.

First and foremost, she learned that God’s design for every life is different and that He offers significant strengths to be used in unique ways. Laurie speaks very honestly about hardships, human differences, helping others, and finding hope in what may appear to be totally hopeless situations.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

How God's Unexpected Plans for You Work for Good

An Interview with Meaghan Wall

We all have certain fears or phobias—powerful and penetrating worries that can paralyze our thoughts and actions. Fear relates to feelings of anxiety, dread, worry, and being out of control and is often highlighted when circumstances change or our life takes unanticipated twists and turns. Yet Scripture repeatedly reminds us that faith is trusting Christ with the unknown—trusting Him when our plans change and God chooses a very different path for us.

Meaghan Wall had a wonderful life plan as a pre-med student until God led her in a very different direction. God’s plan was not what she could have ever imagined, yet every circumstance, every opportunity, every experience taught her several core lessons that brought her to where she is today.

In this interview, Meaghan honestly speaks to all who have chosen to trust Christ, to walk by faith and not sight. She reminds us that when we choose to let go of our human-made plans, God’s work and will for our lives leads to His working through us in ways we could have never imagined.

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Overcoming Your Life's Overwhelming Demands [Interview]

An Interview with Barbara Dittrich

Within 24 hours after the birth of her son, Barbara and her husband were told their baby has severe hemophilia, a life-threatening blood disorder.

In this candid interview, Barbara shares about her marriage, raising a child with a life-threatening disease, her struggles with depression, interacting with others, and how she helps other families through her ministry, Snappin’ Ministries.

Barbara’s humor is contagious, her commitment to Christ is clearly devout, her care for others is full of grace, and her humility is profound.

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Ephesians 4:1–3 speaks of the life Barbara lives:

[I] beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (NLT)

In this interview, Barbara and Colleen talk about the challenges related to raising a child with extensive needs.

Interview Questions

  1. You had a very successful career before becoming a stay-at-home mom. How did you come to the decision to be at home?
  2. Did you expect any complications before you had your son?
  3. You were told there was something wrong right after his birth and had to wait for test results. What was the waiting period like?
  4. Your son was diagnosed with severe hemophilia. What is hemophilia, and how did you and your husband respond?
  5. How has your son’s condition changed you?
  6. Your marriage has remained very strong. What advice can you offer couples who may be struggling?
  7. How have you learned to respond to those who say or do hurtful things in regard to your son’s condition?
  8. When did you begin your ministry, and how did it come together? Was your church supportive?
  9. How did you narrow down your ministry’s purpose and begin to reach other families?
  10. Have you had days when you felt like giving up?
  11. What are some Scripture passages you have relied upon?

Let Me Hear from You

The apostle Paul encourages us to not just walk but RUN the road God has called us to. However, when that road is marked with difficulties, disabilities, depression, or life despair, it’s almost impossible to crawl or even move. Paralyzed by overwhelming demands and financial burdens, families are often crushed under the weight of responsibilities.

Maybe you have or are struggling with some similar challenges and don’t know where to turn. Our comments section is safe and available for you to share what’s on your heart.

Here are some questions to consider if you are wondering where to begin:

  • How isolated are you?
  • Are you struggling with depression and don’t know where to turn?
  • How is your marriage?
  • Have you accepted what God has allowed, or is there still a battle and your faith is in question?
  • What help do you need?

I promise, you will be given grace and truth—freedom to say what’s on your heart. Your hope will be renewed. So let’s begin talking today.

You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Connect with Barbara Dittrich

You can connect with Barbara on her Web site, Facebook, Twitter, or her book Web site.

A nonprofit Christian ministry located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Snappin’ Ministries purposes to support special needs families through a parent-mentoring program, a compassion program and network, special events, and a network of resource referrals. The ministry seeks to connect with other parents who are facing the trials of raising a child with special needs but who long for help from faith-based organizations.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Serving Kids with Mental Health Disorders and Their Families [Interview]

An Interview with Dr. Stephen Grcevich

When does “bad parenting” end and “disabilities” begin? Do you know or love a child who learns differently, who may not be able to sit still, who suffers with depression, or who longs for acceptance but is terrified of admitting weakness?

In this interview, Dr. Stephen Grcevich tells us we may be able to reach large numbers of families living within the shadows of our steeples simply through considering how to create ministry environments that are welcoming to families of kids with mental health disorders.

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No single church can meet every potential need of families in their communities of children with disabilities.

But rather than presenting barriers to their full inclusion in the life of the church, every church can be intentional in doing something to share the love of Christ with kids with disabilities and their families.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

How to Live Abundantly One Day at a Time [Interview]

 An Interview with Emily Colson

Life’s challenges can rob us of our joy—especially when circumstances appear hopeless. If words such as fear, pain, illness, sorrow, loss, or doubt describe your life, you need to know you are not alone.

Emily Colson, daughter of the late Chuck Colson, speaks with honest compassion about life as a single parent and the surprising gifts from God she has encountered while raising Max. You will laugh with her, and come to love her, as she shares about how to live abundantly—one day at a time.

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Emily has been a single mother for most of Max’s life and has learned hard lessons in life, love, and a whole lot of laughter. Emily and Max live on the coast of New England where they can often be found dancing.

Interview Questions

  1. When did you first come face-to-face with having to choose to persevere? What was that like?
  2. You mentioned a “purpose in it all.” As you live life one day at a time, what purpose do you find?
  3. What is the hardest part of cultivating perseverance in your daily life?
  4. While developing the disciplines of obedience and perseverance, you were asked to write a book. What happened after that?
  5. As your dad’s relationship with Max grew, what was it like for you as a mom to watch that unfold?
  6. Perseverance also means learning to live unselfishly. What is that like for you today?
  7. What words of hope and passages of Scripture can you offer to those who are in the midst of suffering?

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