Depression can be perpetuated by focusing on ourselves and our own pain, but when we focus instead on others and their needs, our own pain is lessened. It makes us feel good and gives us a fresh perspective of the verse in Nehemiah 8:10 that says, “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” Read more for how to shift your focus when you’re feeling down or in despair.
God created us for fellowship, first with Him and then with others. Friendship is a gift from God, and toward the end of His ministry, Jesus even referred to His disciples as His friends. I’ve been blessed by several dear friendships over my life, but I’ve also experienced the dismay from toxic relationships. What a difference a grace-filled friend can make in our life. Are your friends grace-based or toxic? Read more as Mary DeMuth shares about 10 traits of grace-based friends and how you can use these traits to analyze the kindness level of your current friendships.
In the hard times of life, the presence, the word, and the encouragement of just one friend can make all the difference. We only need one to come alongside us and give us hope. Where do you turn when you don’t have the one?
So many I know have gone through a heart-breaking separation or divorce. As a friend, you want to be an encouragement, but how do you know what you should or shouldn’t say? Tracie Miles shares 10 of the do’s and don’ts of helping a friend through divorce.
Infertility strikes so many families. On a recent episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective Podcast, I talked with Samantha Morgan who shared her journey through infertility, an adoption that fell through, an international adoption, foster parenting, and a domestic adoption. I wanted to know more about how to support those we know who are dealing with infertility, so Samantha is sharing helpful information on how to keep friendships when struggling with infertility.