The season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is supposed to be merry and bright. What about when gathering with family creates discord and discontent rather than all the feelings generated by the picture-perfect family Christmas cards that adorn social media? That’s when we need tips for handling family conflict and stress during the holidays.
Depression is a painful disorder. If you’ve never experienced it, count yourself blessed. Perhaps you haven’t experienced depression yourself, but you have a loved one who suffers with it. I’ve spent more than 30 years as a psychologist, helping people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and a myriad of other mental health disorders. In this post, I share 10 things to know if you have a depressed loved one.
Have you ever wanted to run away? Or, hide yourself from your friends and even from God? Me too. But what I learned is that is the wrong question. The better question is to ask: Who are you running to? Even Hagar in the Bible tried to run away into the wilderness but she wasn’t able to run away from God. He met her right where she was.
Parents of a prodigal child often suffer much pain and heartache through their experience and long for hope. My friend, Judy Slegh, learned how to treat her prodigal child so that she could rediscover the jewel in him. Her efforts were successful. She shares the life-changing process the Holy Spirit led her through in today’s post.
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?
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.