Category Archives: Discouragement

Normal sadness or depressive disorder?

Have we lost our ability to distinguish biologically based depression from normal sadness? Continue reading

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Allured by love

He promises to draw us apart, for there he can best deal with us, and this separated place is not to be a Paradise, but a wilderness, since in such a place… Continue reading

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When the storms hit…

Truths to carry and guide us in difficult times. Continue reading

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Finding our way out of despondency

He became so despondent that he sat down under a tree and prayed to die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life” Continue reading

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Remedy for a heavy heart

A heavy heart finds comfort and relief when we turn to the worship of praise. We have a great example of this from the disciple whom Jesus loved. Continue reading

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When we feel vulnerable and weak

How to face the vulnerability of living, suffering, and dying in a finite, fragile and fallen world. Continue reading

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5 purposes of pain (by C. S. Lewis)

Can you think of other purposes? Continue reading

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Why keep on praying (4 reasons)

This kind of prayer seems confusing so allow me to share some insights… 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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