Category Archives: gifts

Dancing With Bruises

Bruises seem to be part of life’s package to us. Some will be serious, most minor. But each are noted, and some will just have to be endured. Dancers are some of the most wonderful people I know. Their gracefulness can … Continue reading

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Walking the Tightrope

As a person with a mental illness, it seems my issues are a matter of extremes.  Life seems uncontrollable; the wheels seem to always ready to come off of the wagon.  It strikes me as a semi-crazed place to be.  I look at the “norms” … Continue reading

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Discernment for Dummies

 “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14, NASB “The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that … Continue reading

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Listening to the Disturbed

There is a tremendous need to listen to those suffering with mental illness. Listening takes patience. I believe it is a rule written somewhere, that self-centered people are simply not prepared to reach hurting people.  You might say they don’t have the capability … Continue reading

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Choosing a +Christian+ Counselor

 Written by “Holly,” “In my search for a counselor, I visited a secular psychologist, read books written by extremist biblical counselors, and had tearful talks with my own general practitioner. I wish I had known then what TYPES of Christian … Continue reading

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Should I Take Medication?

by John Piper What’s Your Take on Christians Using Antidepressants? In the end I’m going to say that there are times when I think it is appropriate, but I want to go there cautiously and slowly, with warnings. Depression is … Continue reading

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Mechanisms of the Spirit

Especially for the Leaders and Pastors who Guide the Ministry of the Church:   “Unless the Lord builds a house,  the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no … Continue reading

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