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How to Rejoice in Suffering

How to Rejoice in Suffering

There’s an interesting passage in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome where he encourages his readers to rejoice in their suffering. I’ve always struggled with this idea, because it seems out of touch with reality. I don’t know anyone who likes to suffer. When I’m...
Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Struggling with Depression? 4 Ways to Get Help

Depression can be one of the most painful experiences we can have as human beings. I have sat across from clients who couldn’t muster up the energy to get out of bed in the morning, thought they were worthless, and considered ending their lives. I haven’t personally...
How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

How to Cope with Death: 5 Suggestions

My grandmother died last week. It wasn’t tragic or surprising. She was quite old, and her health had been declining for several years. Still, though, I felt sad about her death. There’s a finality about death that can be overwhelming. No more eating Chinese food,...
Why Problems are a Good Thing

Why Problems are a Good Thing

Most of the time, we think of problems in our lives as a bad thing. We want to remove or get rid of our problems. I think this is a natural tendency—problems can cause pain, stress, and anxiety. These can be unpleasant emotions, and it’s natural to want to get rid of...
What Are You Willing to Suffer For?

What Are You Willing to Suffer For?

When trying to figure out a direction for your life and career, people often ask themselves questions such as “What is my passion?” or “What am I most interested in?” You might be asking yourself some of these questions right now. The Wrong Question If you really want...
How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

How to Help Without Enabling: 5 Key Steps

A common dilemma in life is how to help without enabling. Here’s what I mean: It’s natural to want to help others who are in need. We all need help sometimes, and it’s important to use our time, money, and resources to help people who are struggling. Also, if you...
4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

4 Steps to Change Anything in Your Life

If you want to change or improve something about your life, the key is to actually do something different. You can reflect on your thoughts and feelings all day long, but until you actually change something in your actual behavior, you are likely to stay stuck. But...
Leave Judgment for God

Leave Judgment for God

As human beings, we have a bad habit of judging others. It’s easy to do. We see someone who is doing something we view as bad, or living their life in a way we disapprove. So we look down on them. We criticize them. We think they should be making better decisions or...
Why It’s Important to Show Our Scars

Why It’s Important to Show Our Scars

None of us gets through life unscathed. We all experience pain, struggle, and difficulty. Some of us go through more, and some go through less. But pain and struggle are universal to the human experience. There are parts of us that are broken, dinged, and scratched...
When Storms Hit, Be Like the Palm Tree

When Storms Hit, Be Like the Palm Tree

I remember listening to Joel Osteen give a talk a couple years ago, and he shared an idea that has always stuck with me. Walking Through Difficulty and Struggle He was talking about how to walk through difficulties and struggles. I know there are times when I struggle...
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