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Category Archives: Emotional Themes

When Christians Despair

While meditating on 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, I found myself asking two questions: What does the apostle mean when he says of his companions and himself, “we despaired even of life?” And what is God’s purpose in allowing: “the sentence of death within ourselves?” Continue reading

Topics: Doubt, Faith, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Sadness, Theology | Tags: , , ,

Complaining: Rewriting the Story God Is Writing

Complaining has become a way of life or a part of our personalities. When we feel angst about our life circumstances, we begin to grumble in our hearts only to unleash the negative venom from our tongues. This sin can consume us and stunt our life story. The only way to overcome sinful complaining is to cultivate joyful contentment in Christ. Continue reading

Topics: Bitterness, Christian Living, Faith, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

5 Do’s and Don’ts for Social Anxiety

Social anxiety. What is it exactly? Counselor Aaron Sironi defines social anxiety as “feeling nervous, fearful, and physically tense in situations that involve other people.” Social anxiety can be as mild as temporary shyness around other people, or as debilitating as intense fear of encountering others. There’s no way to really tackle “social anxiety” in one little blog post, of course. That said, I have put together a short list of some “do’s and don’ts” that may provide some direction for those struggling with social anxiety. Continue reading

Topics: Anxiety, Biblical Counseling, Fear/Worry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , ,

The Gospel of the Prince of Peace

While there are several Bible passages that could help us deal with anxiety, Hebrews 2: 10-18 leads us directly to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 6: 6), for help. Here are six truths that can impart security and peace to us and our counselees. Continue reading

Topics: Anxiety, Fear/Worry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , ,

Developing a Biblical Theology of Emotions

Often when reflecting on the Psalms, I think through the emotions cycled through in our lives. These progressions can be filled with moments of grief, anger, and frustration. Mundane moments are inculcated with resounding loneliness. Spontaneous moments can be flooded with tears. God speaks into all these areas of our lives. Continue reading

Topics: Anger, Biblical Counseling, Fear/Worry, Grief/Loss, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Sadness, Theology | Tags: , , , , , ,

Leave Room

The most beautiful thing I have ever witnessed is reconciliation between two hurting sinners. I am passionate about seeing broken relationships healed. But, what do we do with that broken relationship that haunts us? Is it ever okay to give up pursuing reconciliation with another person? Continue reading

Topics: Anger, Bitterness, Christian Living, Conflict, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , ,

Picture Perfect: The Remedy (Part 3)

A life ruled by our own desires and shaped by what the world tells us is perfection eventually becomes an exhausting life full of disappointment and frustration. In contrast, how radically different it is when the one true Lord rules our lives. When the true Lord rules our lives, we find that his rule is very different. In Matthew 11:28-30, this ruler invites you to come to him and have rest. Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Conflict, Faith, Fear/Worry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , ,

Picture Perfect: The Root (Part 2)

We’ve got to start asking questions, “What do I mean by perfect or right? Why do I want these things done perfectly? What makes perfection important to me? Where does God fit into all of this?” These won’t necessarily be easy questions to answer. Uncovering desires can often be difficult. Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Conflict, Fear/Worry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Stress | Tags: , , , ,

Picture Perfect: The Problem (Part 1)

What creates the frustration and unhappiness that comes with perfectionism is what lies under the surface and drives these behaviors—the motives, beliefs, desires, fears, anxieties, and goals that live in and rule the heart and mind. These beliefs and desires interfere with loving relationships with God and others. Happily, our beloved Savior offers to rescue us from these passions that create so much tension in our lives, and offers us instead joy and peace that are given in such abundance that they overflow. Continue reading

Topics: Anger, Christian Living, Conflict, Forgiveness, Patience, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , , ,

Depression and Anxiety: Sisters for Life or Death

You’re reading the fifth in a five-part BCC Grace & Truth blog series on biblical counseling and depression. Few issues are more painful. God’s Word provides us with wisdom for addressing depression with compassion so we can care well and wisely. Today’s post is Title By Tim Lane. Continue reading

Topics: Anxiety, Biblical Counseling, Depression, Fear/Worry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Sadness | Tags: , , ,

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