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Relating to God in Pain

Relating to God in Pain

Pain can be a doorway to discover God’s truth, character, and provision in a new light. It’s not easy but relating to God in pain offers a fresh perspective and a deeper spiritual connection. Discover how pain can open the door to a deeper spiritual connection and a fresh perspective on God’s truth and character.

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How to Find Comfort in Times of Spiritual Distress

How to Find Comfort in Times of Spiritual Distress

In today’s fast-paced, highly interconnected world, it is not uncommon for individuals to experience moments of spiritual distress. These moments can be triggered by personal crises, existential questioning, loss of faith, or even a general feeling of disconnect from God. When faced with such distress, finding comfort can play a pivotal role in reestablishing balance, meaning, and purpose in life, as well as a deeper relationship with God. I’ll share more to help you understand the cause and impacts, how you can cope, and how you can find comfort in times of spiritual distress.

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Pain Highlights Our Dependence on God

Pain Highlights Our Dependence on God

In a world where we often seek autonomy and control, could embracing our dependence on God, as exemplified in the story of the woman with the issue of blood, be the pathway to profound spiritual growth? Realizing how little control we possess in this life, perhaps especially when it comes to our pain experience, often produces a defining moment in coming to terms with our dependence on God.

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Shattered Friendships & Coffee Mugs: Living Free from Rejection’s Fear

Shattered Friendships & Coffee Mugs: Living Free from Rejection’s Fear

We will all likely experience relationship pain at some point. It stings in a different way than any other kind of pain. In this post, Jessica Van Roekel shares about the relationship pain she endured when an unexpected and unwanted email ended a longtime friendship. Learn how she discovered the power to reframe rejection and live life without rejection’s pain.

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The Gift of Lament

The Gift of Lament

In our painful trials, God offers us the gift of lament as a place of brutal honesty regarding our pain and all its emotional baggage. And it is a gift. Even though lament is from our voice, it is offered in the presence of a listening and compassionate God. In our lament he brings his presence to our pain. How do we use the gift of lament to hold onto hope in the midst of suffering and difficulties?

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How to Deal With Emotional Pain

How to Deal With Emotional Pain

Emotional pain is an inevitable part of the human experience. Whether it stems from a broken relationship, the loss of a loved one, or a traumatic event, emotional pain can be incredibly distressing and impactful on our overall well-being. It is important to recognize that suppressing or ignoring this pain can have detrimental effects on our mental and physical health. Read more for how to effectively deal with emotional pain to aid in personal growth and resilience.

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Painful Trials Serve a Purpose

Painful Trials Serve a Purpose

Pain is universal, but when it persists, more than anything we want it alleviated. James 1:2-8 gives us great insight into how to reframe our focus when the pain is unending and we long to return to a pain-free existence. Discover how to reframe your focus during persistent pain and find wisdom in trials. Painful trials do serve a purpose.

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How to Deal With Physical Pain While Trusting God’s Plan

How to Deal With Physical Pain While Trusting God’s Plan

Do you ever find yourself struggling with physical pain and not knowing how to deal with it? Are you feeling lost, isolated and overwhelmed? Trusting God’s plan can be difficult when we’re in physical pain. However, it is possible to manage your pain while still relying on God’s guidance. In this blog post, we will discuss how to do just that. We’ll explore ways to cope with the discomfort of physical pain while still trusting in God’s plan for our lives.

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Is Life Worth Living With Chronic Pain?

Is Life Worth Living With Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can be a constant companion, an unwelcome part of everyday life that never truly goes away. For those who bear this burden, the question of whether life is worth living often becomes a haunting contemplation. It is a deeply personal and complex query, encompassing physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. While the answer may differ from person to person, examining the various facets of this dilemma can shed light on the challenges, coping mechanisms, and potential avenues of hope for those grappling with chronic pain.

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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