We tend to have the habit of worrying about an event long before it takes place. If we have a doctor’s appointment ahead we can worry for weeks about it. Or what about a meeting at work, a difficult talk with a friend or a trip to see family? The list of what we can dread or obsess over is endless. Even if we know we are supposed to trust in God, we may have trouble letting go and believing that He will provide. Continue reading
I have noticed that for most of my life I feel this strong desire, almost a need at times, for those around me to understand what I am going through. This happens particularly with those I am closest to and particularly given certain situations. For example, if I am going through a challenge I want a loved one to understand to some degree what it feels like. I tend to believe that if I explain something very well, I can enable them to grasp what is going on. The problem is that I am not always able to make someone else understand. And if I get them to, I notice the topic comes up again in a couple weeks and I find myself having to start over, this time much more frustrated that they are just not listening. Continue reading
We all deal with anxiety in our lives. How often have you wondered to yourself, “Why do I keep worrying when I know better?” … “Why can’t I let go when I know I am supposed to trust God?” A great majority of us have wondered these kinds of things over and over.
It all comes down to what we really believe. We may know that God will take care of us, but if only about 20% of our mind believes it and 80% of our mind thinks we have to save ourselves, protect others and/or keep ourselves safe, then worry will win out. Continue reading
Stress is commonly thought of as an adult problem, but it can affect children too. In fact, a recent poll showed that chronic stress is one of the top health concerns among children. Children who are not taught how to manage stress at an early age are very likely to become stressed adults. Additionally, stress has been linked to numerous illnesses. That is why it is important for children to learn how to effectively deal with stress. Below are some things that parents can do to help their children manage stress:
It can be very tough to watch while someone you care about is in trouble. Whether it is a problem situation or relationship, an addiction, or a poor emotional state (to name just a few), it’s a sad thing to watch a loved one suffer. Many of us dwell so much on this problem and what we can do about it, that we feel overburdened and exhausted.
Needless to say, this is not a healthy place for us to be. But how can we be of help to someone we care for and still take care of ourselves? Here are some tips for us to consider that help us on the journey. Continue reading
The most fundamental characteristic in prayer is talking honestly and with ease to our Father, as one would with a best friend. Below are simply some different routes to take in our communing, in our journey through various life events and as we develop our relationship with God. Continue reading
If the holiday cookies you ate are now showing up on the scale, you can get rid of the pounds without having to spend a lot of money or endure boring exercise routines. iTherapyRX offers online counseling for the Body, ensuring good health which allows a person to optimally navigate, enjoy, and succeed in their life. When you look for ways to make moving fun, you won’t even realize you are exercising.
I love being a parent and helping my children navigate life’s ups and downs, but at times I need to just sit back and learn from them. One day I was enjoying some tea with my wife in our den when our five-year-old son bounded down the stairs. He ran outside and started looking frantically around our backyard.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that affects at least one in twenty people. SAD, as it’s often called, is usually triggered by the long, dark winter months. The lack of sunlight during that time of year negatively affects SAD sufferers in both mood and behavior. Traditional treatments for SAD are often along the same lines as treatment for depression.
In her book, Scouting the Divine, Margaret Feinberg draws on the images of shepherding, beekeeping, and owning a vineyard to symbolize her pursuit of God. After studying the Bible for several years she set out to find real-world meanings of the images she had encountered in the Scriptures. The portion of her story that has impacted me the most is the time she spent learning in the vineyard.