Category Archives: Abuse

No one came to my support

At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. It’s natural to default toward self-pity and resentment when we feel forgotten and unappreciated. Continue reading

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Suffering in silence

She finally gained the necessary courage to tell me a story that she had kept to herself until that point. Continue reading

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Nothing wasted

After each of the following Scriptures, make a list of the purposes accomplished through suffering. Then talk to God about what you learned. Continue reading

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Advantage of Christian counseling

“This kind of five bible verses and you’ll be better approach is far more common than many realize.” Continue reading

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Questions about forgiveness

Does forgiveness require us to become morally neutral about right and wrong? Is forgiveness an imaginary zone of forgetfulness? Continue reading

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When faith causes doubts

Some struggle because they doubt; I sometimes struggle because I believe. I am not completely sure what role faith and prayer play in the painful and perplexing drama of human suffering.
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When words cannot restore trust

Those who significantly hurt others must understand that their attitude and actions will affect the process of rebuilding trust. Continue reading

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