Welcome to April! The sun is shining and it’s beautiful here in South Carolina. (If you’ve survived the pollen.) April also means that we’re through the first quarter of 2019. The start of a new year is a common time for setting new goals, or “resolutions,” and I wonder how yours are going so far … Continue reading Quarterly evaluation of New Years Resolutions
How often do you genuinely and repentantly confess your sins? Confession is a huge part of the Christian life, and it is critically important to a healthy life. It impacts our emotions, our mental health, our relationships, our pride, our accurate understanding of ourselves, and our spiritual life with Christ. But confession is hard. I … Continue reading The Need for Confession in our Lives
Our thoughts are incredibly powerful. They direct how we feel. They lead what we say. They influence what we do. Unfortunately, our thoughts are not always true. As we learn to recognize, evaluate, and change our thought life, this has a big influence on problems like anxiety, fear, suicidality, anger, or depression. And it helps … Continue reading Practical strategies to “take every thought captive to Christ”
I’m a big believer that everyone could benefit from counseling at some point in their lives. Probably, at multiple points in their lives! Why do I believe this? Because I know how hard life is - and I know that at some point, we all experience hardship. We live in a broken world. Sin hurts us, … Continue reading Did you know most people feel good about counseling?
Whenever we feel anxious or fearful, there are certain thoughts going through our mind that are triggering or sustaining that fear. And often, those thoughts are based in some sort of lie from the world and culture around us. In this series, we’ve looked at the importance of testing our thoughts to identify truth, reminding ourselves … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 4): Know the true and living God.
Anxieties, doubts, and fears tend to be triggered by some sort of lie that we have accidentally come to believe. In Part 1 we looked at how to test our thoughts. Then we looked at the value of remembering who we really are. Today, we will look at the second lie that can easily trigger … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 3): Engage in deep and meaningful relationships.
All of our anxieties, doubts, and fears are triggered by some sort of lie. In Part 1, we looked at how to test the thoughts in our heads to see if they are really true. Today, we will dig into one of the common lies that we struggle with and look at what to do … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 2): Know who you really are
Anxiety is a big problem in today’s western culture, especially among adolescents and young adults. Why do we give in to the power of worry? How can we respond to doubts or fears thoughts that plague us over and over again? One big problem is that we begin to believe lies that the world is … Continue reading Responding to anxiety, doubts, and fears (Part 1): Are your thoughts really true?
If you live in South Carolina and have kids, you probably experienced Spring Break last week. Many folks go to the beach, go camping, or take some other type of vacation during a school break. But what do you do when you need a break, but you can’t take the time off from work or … Continue reading Taking a vacation when you can’t take a vacation
However you may feel about the Girl Scouts as an organization, and whatever your current status of dieting, eliminating sugar, or other healthy eating plans… their cookies are a part of our community. And I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies. Why? I was never in the Girl Scouts. I don’t even love all … Continue reading Why I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies