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
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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How can we make lasting changes in our lives? How can we control our emotions so that they lead to a healthy and God-honoring life? Continue reading
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Tagged Change your feelings, Depression, Discouraged, Emotions, Gospel, How to change the way you feel, Mind, negative emotions, struggles with emotions
Are we too quick to identify normal sadness as a biologically based depressive disorder? Continue reading
Posted in Anxiety, Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Medicine, Sadness
Tagged Depression, Discouragement, Feeling depressed, 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.
Posted in Anxiety, Biopsychology, Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, discouraged, Discouragement, Doctor, Emotions, Grieving, Health Care, Holistic ministry, Laughter, Loss, Medicine, Psychology, Sadness
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Don’t waste life on past regrets and future fears! There are far better uses of our time and energy than wasting them dwelling on failures and fears.
Posted in Afraid to die, Anger, Anxiety, Behavior, Bitterness, Change, Christian Counselor, Defeat?, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Emotions, Encouragement, Failure, Fear, Forgiveness, Peace, Worry
Tagged Depression, Failure, Fear, Guilt, Worry
Church people are sometimes well-intentioned but hurtful when they approach all discouragement as a matter of simple obedience to the Lord. Continue reading
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Tagged Anxiety, Depression, Doctors, Medicine, Neurological, Sadness