Is COVID-19 Apocalyptic?

by Dr. Bridget Melson, MFT, Psy.D

I have talked about COVID-19 being spiritual in nature as one could rationalize that most pandemics or world crises will naturally feel like they have a spiritual component. Instances like these can make anyone have a “come to Jesus” moment. But is this in line with the Apocalypse of the Bible?

New York hospitals are calling what they are seeing an “apocalyptic surge” (GHN).

A spokesman for the UN commented that, anything short of a commitment to helping the world in this time, “would lead to a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions affecting us all.”

As we get closer to the apex, it will feel more and more “apocalyptic” in nature and all can agree on that. Add the fires in Australia, the surge of earthquakes throughout the United States and the Locusts in Africa and even the most atheistic minded individual cannot deny the apocalyptic feeling that permeates the air around us.

But is what we are seeing truly an “Apocalypse”, and if so, what does that really mean? Read more

Covid-19: Let’s Talk About What Kids’ Are Thinking (by a kid for kids)

I’m Allie, and I am 10 years old and one of your average kids. I am in the 5th grade and like most kids in America, if not around the world, I am home and have to stay put. Until now, I didn’t quite understand why I was out of school, why my dad is working from home, why our stores are all out of food and why I am doing school online–until I looked it all up and talked to my mom.

I hear parents helping people out there, especially my mom since she works in the mental health field and has been helping people deal with their emotions around this new weird virus thing. But no one is talking to kids. No one is answering their questions or talking about what we should do about this virus, how we should handle it, how serious it is and really just making us feel like we are a part of it all.

We ARE part of it all. We hear you talk. We see the news on. We hear the political whispers, and kids should not be ignored anymore, especially now.

So, to help parents understand us, and to make kids feel like they are normal, here are some things from a kids’ perspective on COVID-19 for BOTH kids and parents. Listen up! Read more

The Profile of a Mass Shooter: Warning Signs

I travel all over the United States speaking at conferences, training staff at schools and working with local law enforcement agencies. I also meet with politicians in hopes of changing policy to keep our schools safer and help ensure our educators, counselors and first responders know how to recognize the signs of a mass shooter before it happens.

How we define a mass shooting is: Read more

Teens vs. Parents: Discussing God, Politics and Social Justice


If your child had to vote today, how would they vote? If they left for college next week would they join a church? Become an atheist? How do they feel about the death penalty, our President, The NFL “kneelers” or gay marriage? Do you have discussions with your teens and tweens about these important subjects or are you from a “let the chips fall where they may” belief system that subscribes to letting them figure it all out on their own?

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How The “Women’s” March is Destroying America

Dear Pink Hat Marcher Females,

I am a woman of God.
I am a wife.
I am a mother.
I love my God given instincts to want to serve my family.
I cook, clean and nurture my family because I cherish them.
I stay up late and rise early to make sure they are dressed, fed and prayed for so they can have a good day.
I appreciate my domestic duties and I teach my daughter the same so she will be a loyal, cherished, loving wife one day.
I appreciate my husband and sons natural God given instincts to be warriors and protectors.
My boys know how to be men as my husband has taught them well.
God made men and women different and I cherish and respect and appreciate those differences.
When I am weak I like to lean on my husband.
When my husband is struggling I like to be the support he needs.
When our children have bad days and they need “mom” and a hug, I am always there for them….no job, no cause, no nothing comes before them and never will.
That is what moms are for.
When they need to be set straight and knock off the sulking and man up, they need “dad” to step in for a stern, but loving pep talk.
I don’t need to march in a disgusting, degrading pink hat to know who I am.
I don’t need to stand before an audience proclaiming that women are forgotten, underpaid, and oversexualized.
We are only victims if we play that role.
We are only degraded if we choose to wear the skimpy outfit.
We are only underpaid if we aren’t at home taking care of our families as God designed us to do.
If more women actual acted like “women” and walked and lived with dignity and respect, grace and class, this world would be a much better place. Crime rates would drop, children would behave, men would be forced to respect us and marriages would be intact.
God made women to be that helpmate. Not in a way that makes us lower, but in a supportive role that allows men to go out and be warriors for the family, for their wives and for God.
We need to provide a safe, nurturing atmosphere for our men.
We need to stop complaining, stop being victims, stop marching, and get back to what God intended.
We are powerful.
We are special.
We are equipped and we can be the answer…but not without Christ at the center and not by buying into what Hollywood, Oprah, the media and Gloria Allred says a women is.
Stand firm in Christ women.
Be the change.
Go home and provide a home your family wants to be in and remember that grace, meekness and inner strength are what makes a women beautiful…not a pink hat and a megaphone.
Not underarm hair, a loud voice and a powerful job.
Not a pixie cut and demands for higher pay.
Not giving birth and then dumping your kid in daycare because “you deserve it all”.
That is what sets us back hundreds of years.
That is why this generation of girls is misguided, meaner than ever, underdressed and over confident.
You created this.
How backwards our society has become and what a dangerous path we are on.
God created man and woman.
Not binary robots.
Not L’s or G’s or B’s or T’s.
Men. Women.
The rest YOU created and it isn’t good.
We need to get back to the basics because it works.
Especially when God is allowed to be at the center.
The one thing the pink vajaja hat marching women have right is that WE can make a difference.
I love their God given passion and dedication to a cause…it is just the wrong cause.
My prayer is that their eyes will be open and they will see how beautiful God made them inside and out.
My second prayer is that this message will be forwarded and women will begin to see, once again, how cherished we are by a Mighty God.
How important and necessary our role and influence can be.
How respected good women are by good men.
May we get it right. And soon.

God Bless you all and keep fighting the good fight ladies.

Dr. B

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Parents Beware: The Newest 2018 Teen Drug!

Chances are–you already have it in your home.


I am guessing if your holidays were anything like ours, there was laughter with family, board games around the kitchen table, great discussion about the real reason for the season (go Jesus!), good food and of course time spent on social media and various devices.

As we enter this new year, whether you are a believer in resolutions or in simply making a list to better yourself and embrace the goodness of life (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control), all of us as parents want 2018 and beyond to be amazing for our children.

We want them to thrive.

We want them to be their best and to be successful mentally, spiritually and academically.

But there is there is a new drug amongst our teens and tweens that is trying to destroy them in these areas. It is odorless. Doesn’t require a dealer. Is given to them freely by their parents. Has a greater effect on their brains than most gateway drugs and is claiming the lives of more teens every year and it is legal in all 50 states.

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Conservatives—we have failed America and we are partly to blame.

Let’s not fail the next generation.

I remember the first time I met Sarah Palin. Little did I know that the words she and I had together would literally change my life forever. She inspired me with her advice, with the person she was and with what she was doing to make America a better place; and if you know anything about me, you know not many human beings truly inspire me. Billy Graham is one man who I look to for wisdom and I look to my Creator and the Word of God for most everything else. So when I found inspiration in Sarah, I knew I needed to listen and act.

It was such a wild time in this country when Governor Palin was running as VP with Senator McCain. The conservative movement was about to explode and I never knew the impact it would have on my life as I worked as one of the movement’s leaders to change America for the good. My message was to keep the God in this country, to maintain the integrity of the Constitution, to make sure Americans were cared for fiscally and socially and make sure we had a strong moral foundation. We needed these things to keep America true to her ideology, to protect the family unit and to be examples to the world, of integrity and principles. Sounds like a good plan that all of America could embrace, right?

Apparently not. Read more

Parents: Have You Lost Your Parental Rights At Your Child’s School? Are You Sure?

Picture this.

You are a divorced parent with a 15-year old son. He wants to live with his father to try a better school. You let him.

Next thing you know, your 15-year old son wants to live at a friend’s house for a while and his father allows him to do this. You have no idea the amount of time spent at this “friend’s” house.

A few months go by and you find, unbeknownst to you, that your son is living at this “friend’s” house, and with help from this family and some homosexual “advocacy groups”, your son has filed for “emancipation” without your knowledge. Next, they tell your son’s school that you knew about it and relinquished your parental rights. Your son, with the help from this “LGBT advocacy group”, filed a claim with false information and never alerted YOU as the mother.

It gets worse… Read more

7 Things Good Parents Are Doing in 2017

In today’s hectic, ever-changing, social media centered world, it is no wonder parents often find themselves feeling overwhelmed, lost, out of touch and discouraged. Do we let our children have free reign over social media and their devices? Do we take it away all together? What boundaries should they have? Is there any hope that they will have moral standards with what they see and hear and experience? What do we do?!
After meeting with,  interviewing and counseling teens for almost 30 years, I can tell you exactly what to do and what they need; and it all comes down to YOU.

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The Top 6 Latest Teen Trends

The first one is going to blow your mind—literally.

The creative lengths teenagers go to in which to find a new “high” is truly mind blowing…and dangerous. Parents, this is no time to be hands off. My mantra and message to you will always be “Trust. But Verify.

Here are some the latest Teen Trends that you need to be aware of and be willing to talk to your teen about:

1.I-dosing (taken from an article by great schools)

In this age of technology, it’s not surprising that entrepreneurs are trying to create a way to get high online. The result is a phenomenon called “I-dosing,” which attempts to alter consciousness via sound. “The Internet craze has teens plugging in their headphones to listen to downloadable MP3s that are said to have effects akin to getting high on actual drugs. There are various tracks designed to elicit the same “high” as specific drugs. Anywhere from five to 30 minutes long, the tracks consist of binaural beats, in which the tone of one frequency is played into the right ear and a slightly different frequency is played in the left ear.” Many teens put a hood over their eyes and kick up the digital sound waves and use these “digital drugs” to change the make-up of their brain to try and reach a high similar to taking narcotics. While research is still being done on its lasting effects on the brain, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs has found it to be enough of a concern that it has issued a warning to children not to do it. Read more