Category Archives: Depression

When life feels difficult

I’ve often asked God for green pastures and still waters. God has been faithful to provide times of rest and refreshment.  Continue reading

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The human will and the findings of Neuroscience

Sometimes life is not easily reduced to raw choosing. If we treat people only as volitional beings, we fail to relate to them based on the Imago Dei and the human fall from it. One must consider matters related to nurture and nature when addressing complex issues of life in this world. Continue reading

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Use your mind to control emotions

Are emotions within our control? Can we be commanded regarding our emotions? Rejoice always!? Do not be anxious about anything!? Continue reading

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The science of hope

Intriguing look at hope and science. Hope is real, proven by science, and willpower is the switch (The right stimulus) that triggers this amazing ability to change for the better… Continue reading

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Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Conversation with my medical doctor

How adequately can a diagnosis be made in such a short amount of time? And how often do we misdiagnose normal sadness as disordered sadness?
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The expanded role of medical doctors

Although doctors are primarily charged with caring for physical health, over the last three to four decades, doctors have been called to take the role that was once reserved for a different profession. Continue reading

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My first funeral (a suicide)

There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading

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The power of giving thanks

Loss of thankfulness is often a gradual thing that takes the joy out of our lives as we slip into mediocrity. But the rhythm of divine renewal beats in the pulse of a purposefully grateful heart. There’s nothing timid or boring about a life of extravagant gratitude! Be brave and embrace the call to be an extravagantly grateful person. Continue reading

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Feeling discouraged?

We all know what it is like to feel discouraged. Take a moment and consider four recommendations for times of discouragement. Continue reading

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