Category Archives: Grieving

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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Troubled dust, but dust that dreams

Rest securely and confidently in what God has done for you in Christ! And remind yourself often that…. Continue reading

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Every day is NOT a great day

Do we now live in cultures that encourage unrealistic expectations of uninterrupted happiness? I find it troubling when the Church strains to paint everything in such positive terms that believers are shocked and perhaps disillusioned by trials and suffering. 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

Posted in 18 Year factor, Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Change, Christian Counselor, Comfort, Counseling, Crisis, Fear, Grieving, Psychology, Relationships, Restoration, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Social work, Suffering, Suicide, Unresolved issues, Victory | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Abuse, Anxiety, Broken Relationships, Christian life, Christian worldview, Comfort, Defeat?, Discouragement, Encouragement, Faith, Grieving, Loss, Mind Renewal, Pain, Problem of evil, Spiritual Detox, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Trials | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

I will not remember your sins

You are living by the promise of I John 1:9 when you refuse to hold against yourself the sin God does not hold against you. Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Bitterness, Broken Relationships, Comfort, Confession, Conflict, Divorce, Elentics, Encouragement, Failure, Faith, Forgiveness, Freedom, God's Patience, God's Heart, God's Love, Godly sorrow, Gospel, Grace, Grieving, Guilt, Hope? | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Room for normal sadness

Do we have room in our lives for normal sadness? Do we have unrealistic expectations for gregariousness? There appears to be a significant need for helping people understand the role of sadness in life and in character formation.
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Posted in Anxiety, Biopsychology, Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, discouraged, Discouragement, Doctor, Emotions, Grieving, Health Care, Holistic ministry, Laughter, Loss, Medicine, Psychology, Sadness | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments