3 Steps to Develop the Character of Christ

Jan 17, 2018 by

3 Steps to Develop the Character of Christ

As you read in my last post, it is impossible to simply be more Christlike. Instead, you have to develop the character of Christ.

This is a process. One that has to have a definitive plan.

Because, it will not happen accidentally, no more than driving blind will get you to your intended destination.

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Become More Like Jesus But Avoid This Huge Mistake

Jan 10, 2018 by

Become More Like Jesus But Avoid This Huge Mistake

If you’ve taken the advice of my last post to make a New Year’s resolution to change a character trait, you are likely wondering what to do next.

How do you go about becoming more humble, more patient, or less cynical?

In other words, how can you become more like Jesus?

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Better Than New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 4, 2018 by

Better Than New Year’s Resolutions

Are you one of the 40-45% of people who set  New Year’s resolutions? Or are you in the group who has given up on trying to attain an annual goal?

Either way, I want to encourage you toward a challenge that’s even bigger, and more successful.

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Use Your Loneliness to Bring Healing

Dec 20, 2017 by

Use Your Loneliness to Bring Healing

Do you feel embarrassed that you struggle with loneliness?

Perhaps as a Christian it’s especially embarrassing when you go to church and everyone appears happy. But you find yourself alone, without friends, and becoming more and more depressed.

Loneliness is so painful and is certainly not the wholeness and fulfilled life God has for you.

However, what if God could use this horrible feeling to actually bring further healing to you?

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Coping with Feelings of Loneliness

Dec 13, 2017 by

Coping with Feelings of Loneliness

What do you do when you’re feeling alone? What do you typically do when you’re depressed and feeling like you have no friends or anyone who would listen?

Feelings of loneliness are rather common in the U.S. According to Wikipedia, at least 20% of Americans feel lonely. Maybe I’m biased from the type of counseling clients I see, but my guess is it’s higher.

It’s still a large number if you consider that in a group of five people at least one of them struggles with loneliness.

What I want to look at in this article is how you are handling any feelings of loneliness you may have.

The reason for this is your method may be a tool to examine why you’re lonely in the first place.

It also could point to other relationship difficulties and struggles with self-image.

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5 Tips to Manage Media Overwhelm

Dec 6, 2017 by

5 Tips to Manage Media Overwhelm

Are you tired of all the disgusting news you’re hearing in the media? Are you overwhelmed with seeing painful images of destruction and trauma?

How can you not live with your head in the sand but also not feel inundated with pain, suffering, and fear all day every day?

To help you out with this, here are five tips for managing media overwhelm.

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Is the News Causing You Panic?

Nov 29, 2017 by

Is the News Causing You Panic?

Just about every week there’s some big news story that keeps me glued to my TV screen waiting to find out all the details and the final outcome. When I pause to take a breath and pull away from it all I realize just how much anxiety it causes within me.

I notice fear hovering over me, causing me to feel unsettled and irritable. It’s like a constant low-grade fever that’s not enough to put me in bed but makes me feel miserable all day.

But then when an upset occurs in my own life it pushes me over the edge. I’m suddenly unable to cope with all the chaos that seems to swirl all around me.

At times I can feel I’m on the verge of a panic attack.

How about you? Can you relate?

If so, stay tuned, because I’m going to teach you how to manage your own news-related anxiety and depression.

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4-Step Plan to Stop Panic Attacks

Nov 15, 2017 by

4-Step Plan to Stop Panic Attacks

One of the things you probably most want to do, as a person who has panic attacks, is to go anywhere near them.

This is understandable, since it seems they pop up for no reason. Even worse, it feels as though there’s nothing you can do stop the onslaught of symptoms. 

Unfortunately, avoiding scenarios that could cause panic is one of the worst things you can do to stop panic attacks.

Keep reading to discover what you should do instead.

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Does Having Panic Attacks Mean You’re Crazy?

Nov 8, 2017 by

Does Having Panic Attacks Mean You’re Crazy?

The intensity and randomness of panic attacks have a tendency to make you feel as though you’re either crazy or going crazy.

And why would you not feel that way while feeling so out of control?

But do panic attacks mean you’re crazy?

The short answer is “No,” but continue reading because how you view what’s going on with you greatly impacts your ability to get control.

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Can a Panic Attack Kill You?

Nov 2, 2017 by

Can a Panic Attack Kill You?

Out of nowhere, it seems, your heart begins to beat wildly, you can’t catch your breath, and you feel as though you’re going to pass out or lose control. You even feel like you could have a heart attack at any moment. You, my friend, are having a panic attack.

It would be an understatement to say that panic attacks are uncomfortable.

They are actually one of the most intense and unsettling experiences a person can have.

With this phenomenon being so incredibly disturbing, it’s normal to wonder: “Can a panic attack kill you?”

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Restoration and Wholeness for Your Adult Child

Oct 26, 2017 by

Restoration and Wholeness for Your Adult Child

Do you obsess about the harm (either real or imagined) that was done to your kids and how it is affecting them today as adults? Do you get stuck in fearful thoughts of how ruined their lives are going to be?

Every once in awhile regret and fear will grab hold of me and refuse to let go.

Fortunately, it’s not like it used to be because God has done a lot in my heart to change this.

But it’s been a process of him bringing healing to my heart, changing behaviors, and showing me more powerful ways to pray.

Today I’m discussing how you can see restoration and wholeness come to your adult child.

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Stop Projecting Your Anxiety onto Your Adult Child

Oct 19, 2017 by

Stop Projecting Your Anxiety onto Your Adult Child

If you have an adult children, you likely want nothing more than to see them happy, healthy, and successful. Unfortunately, your own fear that they will fail or be harmed can get in the way of allowing them to live their own lives.

Perhaps even more hurtful, projecting your anxiety onto your adult child will seriously harmful effect on the relationship.

Being a person who has struggled with anxiety, I understand this problem. I’ve had to learn better ways to interact with my own adult children in order to not only help them but to also maintain our relationship.

In this post, I want to share some essential tips I’ve learned over the years that you can put into practice today.

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