When a Loved One is StrugglingWe are blessed to live in a time and society where conversations about mental health are not only accepted but supported. The open conversations in our culture surrounding mental health have created an environment in society where people...
When to Seek Professional Help A counselor I know once described therapy like this: There are the things about ourselves that we know we know. How much sleep we need to be able to function in the morning or what foods will make us sick. There are also things...
What We Can Learn From Loneliness hen I feel lonely, I usually want that feeling to go away as quickly as possible. I might get coffee with a friend, binge watch Parks & Rec on Netflix, or do anything else that will distract me from the...
In reality, we can learn a lot from emotional pain and suffering. One of the ways we can do this is through the oft-neglected journey of lament. When we lament, we cry out to God, allowing ourselves to feel and verbalize our pain and sorrow in a raw, unfiltered way. Pastor Dave Lomas calls lament a “prayerful response to the reality of suffering that engages God in the context of pain and trouble.”
True, you will not find the words “personal boundary” in the Bible. But the Bible does discuss personal boundaries in principle. In fact, each time the Bible talks about areas of your life that you are solely responsible for, or instructs that you say “yes” to something good and “no” to something bad, or when the Bible reminds us that our true identity in Christ is separate than our identity in the world – this is touching on the importance of personal boundaries. Personal boundaries are what define our identity. Imagine them as property boundaries around your home. They exist so that we have a safe space that is clearly designated: this is who I am, what I value, what I need, what I believe, what I feel.
Isolation is often confused with solitude. But these things are actually evil twins. It’s only when you see how they affect the world around them that you can begin to tell them apart. It’s crucial to understand the difference between the two because one is working for your good and the other is working against it.
When we first encounter the desert, it is barren and unwelcoming. The harsh landscape and the extreme environment are frightening. There appears to be nothing refreshing, everything is dry and thirsty. There is no life here, we think. So why are we here?
But if we stay, if we look closer, we see that there is life. Life everywhere. Life that has learned to thrive in thirst and want. Life that lives in the concealed bounty of the God who created the rough and rocky places. This is the true beauty of the desert: unknown yet robust life.
Our knowledge of God tells us He is bigger, stronger, faster, and louder than any storm. Yet, despite that knowledge we may still feel anxious. Knowing we are safe is not the same as feeling we are. The question then arises, “Does feeling anxious indicate a lack of faith?”
No one wants to have mental health issues, but the truth is that life can be painful and difficult at times. As humans, we can and do break. While we can’t control how or when this will happen, we can control how we respond when it does. Here are five things that can help us cope and maintain good mental health during a time of difficulty.
Self-care can be a difficult concept to accept. As believers in Jesus it can be hard to grasp the idea of focusing on yourself because of the biblical principles we are taught. Self-care can seem like a self-centered or self-serving enterprise in light of the values of selflessness, generosity, and sacrificial love that we uphold. But let me assure you that giving attention to yourself is neither self-centered nor selfish
Humility is more than just thinking low of yourself so you can elevate the needs of others. It’s having a correct view of yourself in view of who God says you are.
You see, God’s word teaches us that we can choose what we give mental real estate to. Those thoughts generate our emotions; those emotions fuel our behaviors; our behaviors determine the quality of our soul and even affect our bodily health
My son ran out of gas this week. As a new driver, he forgot the importance of paying attention to the warning lights on the dashboard. We were on our way home from church, cruising along merrily, when the car just stopped going and we had to pull over to the side and seek help.