Category Archives: Counseling

Robin Williams’ most uncomfortable role

It’s tempting to think that Robin Williams could have been lifted out of a state of despondency if only he had been able to read all the Twitter comments praising his amazing career as a great actor. Yet this would not be a safe assumption. Continue reading

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Good advice for adult children of divorce

10 helpful points for people who never had the benefit of seeing a loving, committed marriage modeled for them. These points are especially helpful to those who suffered wounds when their parents’ marriage ended that make it difficult for them to trust other people, and even God. Continue reading

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Is God’s will specifically revealed?

No amount of prayer will give us the authority to drop the “if” from our plans. Christians should therefore not say, “we prayed fervently about this plan and we know God is going to accomplish it.” James would say, “Where is your ‘if’?” But what about circumstantial signs, opened doors, inner impressions, or feeling called by God? Continue reading

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Tough advice

“You are where you are because that’s where you want to be. If it wasn’t, you’d do something about it. So do something about it!” Continue reading

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Discouragement – a “dis” on courage

We cannot adequately encourage those who have lost perspective without discouraging them from a frame of mind that binds them to their discouragement. (Read it again).

Getting out of the fog of despondency often requires a little loving admonishment. Caring friends will cross this line with love and sensitivity when they sense we need a better perspective. 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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Defeating worry

Many people waste too much time and energy on past regrets (leading to guilt and depression) or future fears (causing anxiety and fear). These feelings are intruders; thieves on a mission to steal our joy.
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