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Pain and Trauma, Page 2

Sometimes life hurts. Sometimes the pain lasts. But it doesn’t have to define us forever.

Healing after Trauma

Truth in a Troubled World

Crossing, Oregon, population 725. The town square consists of a diner, ice cream shop, newspaper, General Store and Micah’s Hardware. The people are friendly, drive older cars, and live life slowly. And it exists only in my head. Growing up I loved Cinderella. She was sweet, cheerful, and caring. Prince Charming was so captivated in one evening with her that he turned a city on its head looking for her. When evil entered the story, it was subdued and the champions of good lived happily ever after. This mindset colors my world. It’s not that I’ve lived a charmed life. Like Cinderella, I’ve experienced pain, loss, and hardship.
repentance and forgiveness

Repentance and Forgiveness in the Real World

The Christian world is big on repentance and forgiveness—and we should be! We've all had impure thoughts, displayed poor attitudes, not controlled our tongues, and made a plethora of other poor choices. Each of us desperately needs forgiveness. But how should we react if someone repents? What would you think if a known drunkard asked Jesus into his life? What if the town brawler walked into church saying he'd changed?
I wanted God to fix it.

Stuck? Follow Apollo 8 to a Renewed Mind

I knew I needed a renewed mind, to see things God's way. But I didn't want to. I was exhausted and lonely. I felt like I was being set apart — not for some grand purpose, but left behind; unchosen, like the kid no one wants to pick for their team.
Power of Words

The Power of Your Words

A spirit of negativity is rampant in America. Probably the world, but definitely the United States.

Power of WordsThis past weekend I spoke to a small group of military women, and I heard comments, problems, and concerns much like those in every other military town I know. But whether the group of women I’m with is military or civilian, I hear a common problem among them: we speak with a lot of negative words and tones.

Don’t worry. I’m talking about myself here too.

What Does the Bible Say about Our Words?

This is bigger than positive thinking. Bigger than the annoying people who pop out of bed with a smile on their face. In fact, it goes deeper than most of us like to think about. In Ephesians 4:29, Paul tells us:

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

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Life is falling apart

When Life is Falling Apart

What should you do when it feels like life is falling apart? For those of you who just had some Christian answer cross your mind, how close does your behavior mirror it when a storm is raging around you?

Maybe you are in the midst of a storm right now that seems overwhelming. Giving up would be the easier path, but you really just want God to show up and tell you exactly what He wants you to do.

Wouldn’t that be nice? A billboard from God with step-by-step instructions?

And yet, He doesn’t do that, at least not in the way we want. Of course, we have lots of instructions in the Bible. And in the Gospels Jesus gave us several examples of what to do when life gets hard.… Want to read more?

How much are you responsible for others?

Are You Responsible for Others? [part 1]

Can I ask a hard question? One of those that doesn't have an easy answer, but one that is important for each of us to wrestle through anyway? Where does our responsibility toward others begin and end? How much are you responsible for others?
What holds you back?

Letting Go

Several years ago, I spent several months facing some of my biggest fears. From jumping out of an airplane to killing a spider, one-by-one I checked each one off my list. And now, I'm preparing to face another.
Why me, God?

Why Me, God?

I gritted my teeth and held my tongue. I didn't want to, you understand. I wanted to lash out at this man before me who was unleashing his anger upon me. I wanted to strike back in kind. I wanted to hurt him as he was hurting me.

The Undeniable Power of Scars

Who has a scar? Everyone above walking age, right? Who has a scar you are ashamed of? A dreaded reminder of some secret sin or absolute stupidity that you protect in the darkest places of your life. I have some of those scars.

6 Steps to Emotional Freedom

He sat in front of me, taunting me and refusing to move. I desperately wanted to leave the room, but he was so close that I didn't have space to maneuver. I felt trapped. How could I escape?