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Each week, Dr. Bengtson answers reader questions about things of interest to them.
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When someone hurts you, you don’t always feel like forgiving them. Yet so much of what we struggle with comes from carrying around bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness in our hearts. Unforgiveness is like drinking a poison and expecting it to kill the other person. It doesn’t quite work that way! How do you forgive when you don’t feel like it?
The best way to combat negative thoughts and overcome negativity in general is to fight back with God’s Word. The following 4 step process on eliminating negativity will help with identifying lies you’ve agreed with so you can replace them with God’s truth from the Bible.
Joy is a gift from God, but we have a part to play. Once the enemy has stolen our joy, how do we recover? It seems like it would be difficult, but it’s really not that hard. God has given us the tools we need and our victory is assured.
We all know people like that, don’t we? People in our lives who just seem a bit “prickly” and hard to love because of their attitude, words, or actions. So, as we consider those around us, we must ask the question: how do we love someone who is hard to love? Read more for 12 ways to love someone who is hard to love.
Men and women both suffer from the painful condition of depression. But, who is more prone to be depressed? Men or women? Statistics suggest that more women are diagnosed with depression. That doesn’t tell the entire story, however.
How do you cope with the hard times? How do you handle difficult times when the weight of it all just seems too much? As a neuropsychologist, I educate patients about how to manage life stresses. I don’t know what you are faced with today, but I know who holds your future and mine in His hands. These 5 tips and strategies will help when facing difficult times.
As I fall asleep at night, as soon as I wake up in the morning, and countless times throughout the day, you and your current struggle have been on my mind. And personally, in my own current life trials, I can relate on so many levels, with so many areas of uncertainty. Questions that are hard to answer. The good news is, when life gets tough, there is an answer.
Guilt. Agony. Shame. Embarrassment. Those are just a few of the feelings we can carry in our hearts from mistakes we’ve made in life. That’s not how God wants us to feel. Have you ever made a mistake and wondered, “How do I forgive myself?”
Have you ever faced times so hard it feels like you’re being pulled out to sea by the undertow and you’re unable to catch a solid breath before the next wave hits? Those times when you feel like you’ve been taken out to sea, yet everyone else is enjoying the tranquility of the beach. When we face difficulties and the loneliness they bring, we have a source that we can turn to so we can learn how to handle hard times.
Wouldn’t it be nice to think that if we love Jesus, we would be exempt from difficulties? Scripture actually tells us we’ll go through hard times. Read more about why bad things happen to Christians and how we can maintain our hope during difficulties.
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