Category Archives: Addiction

Can Christians Be Depressed?

Mental illness is real, Christian or not. It doesn’t discriminate, and it’s not shameful to have it. But it can be deadly to not admit it. The first step is acceptance. And the second is honesty.  If you’ve been trying to “hold it all together” on your own, and pretending everything is better than it really is, know that you’re not alone.  Continue reading

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SOAP: Day Eleven – Free Indeed

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that once the newness of relationship with Christ wears down (and ideally that should never happen!) then the old emotional baggage of traumas, negative thinking patterns, fears, and resentments seem to bubble back up from someplace long dead and buried.  Continue reading

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Everyday Parables – Clean Sheets

Can you imagine the scene?

A hot shower, fresh clean bedding, fluffed pillows, clean clothes, lavender scent in the air. 

As I crawled into bed I literally felt like I was on vacation and this moment was one of pure paradise.

I buried my face into the pillows and inhaled deeply, wrapped the comforter up tight around my neck, and almost cried at how beautiful this moment truly felt.  Continue reading

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Soap: Day Two – Unfailing Love and Faithfulness

Jesus is God and lived among us – this is truly beyond human comprehension. How can anyone truly believe that to be true? Do I? The very foundation of Step Two of 12-step recovery work is “Came to believe that a power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.” Continue reading

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But Overcome What

“My parents never called me stupid, why do we do that?” (side note: if you aren’t prepared to get a profoundly probing response, never ask a life coach why we do stuff) Continue reading

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Why Does It Feel Like Jesus Isn’t Enough?

Luke 10:29-35  But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply, Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of … Continue reading

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When Success Leads to Depression

When my eyes were finally opened I realized that the problem wasn’t “I had not achieved success yet”, it was that I had the wrong definition of success. Continue reading

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