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Where Should You Turn When You Are Struggling With Mental Illness?

Where should you turn when you are struggling with mental illness?

When you are struggling with mental illness, please do not think you can handle it alone. Seek help. Reach out to someone near you whom you trust, a friend, a family member, a peer. Make sure it is a safe person who will help you find the resources you need.  Mental illness requires a holistic…
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What Does It Mean If Your Prayers Aren’t Answered?

What does it mean if your prayers aren’t answered?

Mark 11:24 tells us that whatever we ask in prayer will be ours, so when prayers go unanswered questions start popping up. It can only be one of two answers, right? Either our faith wasn’t big enough or God isn’t listening. Let’s dig deeper. One of the men who was with Jesus when He said…
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What You Need to Know About Dealing With Anxiety as a Christian

What you need to know about dealing with anxiety as a Christian

Church should be the most life-giving place you’ve ever encountered. If you are dealing with anxiety, know that you are loved and accepted by God. Acknowledging your struggle is the first step. We all experience anxiety to a certain degree. It could be situational, centered around a specific difficult season. We often mix up the…
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Have You Ever Felt Like God Has Let You Down?

Have you ever felt like God has let you down?

Life gets messy. If there is one constant in all of our lives, it is that hardship will come, trauma will find us, pain is on its way. Do I sound pessimistic enough for you? The flip side is that life equally hands us the beautiful moments. And yet still I’d much rather avoid the…
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Recovering From Pain and Taking Care of Yourself

Recovering from pain and taking care of yourself

When trauma of any kind occurs, it is imperative that you take care of yourself. Just as your body needs healing from a physical injury, your spirit needs healing following emotional pain. Often stigma, shame and fear overpower the drive to seek help. This isn’t your fault. It’s a problem within our culture, a problem…
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It’s OK to Struggle With Doubts of Your Faith

It’s OK to struggle with doubts of your faith

“Just have faith!” It’s a cliche that gets thrown around at church and in the Christian community. The words are trite and come with an underlying message that your problems stem from a lack of faith, but do they? Is there really anything wrong with struggling through doubt? Or is there a purpose to doubt? …
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How Should Christians Deal With Mental Health Issues?

How should Christians deal with mental health issues?

Christians should deal with mental health issues by creating a culture of transparency, acceptance and education. We need to speak up against false narratives and stigmas that are perpetuated by leaders, media and peers. It is an issue that must be addressed boldly because it is a matter of life and death.  Why mental health…
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Human Struggles That Jesus Faced Just Like You

Human struggles that Jesus faced just like you

While Jesus walked the earth, people questioned His claim to being divine. Even today scholars argue about whether or not He was God in the flesh. But one thing is certain, no one seems to be at odds with the idea that Jesus was fully human.  Just as it is a mistake to believe that…
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Investigating the Little Idols in Your Life That Cast Big Shadows

Investigating the little idols in your life that cast big shadows

When you put your hope and trust in the provision rather than the provider, you lose your ability to be happy. It is a dependency on God that provides true happiness, and yet we still cling to the small idols in our life and allow them to cast shadows that steal our joy. When we…
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Loving the LGBTQ+ Community in the Church

Loving the LGBTQ+ community in the church

First, to love someone means that you are willing to sit down and listen to their story, to understand, to let your heart break for theirs and to rejoice with their rejoicing. To truly love the LGBTQ+ is to be willing to hear the hard truths of the rejection and alienation they have experienced from…
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