Category: Bitterness

Do You Know How to Change a Life?

Do You Know How to Change a Life?

I once heard this testimony from a counselee who came to see me because of depression:

“My mother suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness for most of my childhood. She would be in bed for months at a time, and then I would come home from school one day and she would be gone, in the hospital. After a few weeks, she would come back home, usually drugged or just flat. She’d be ok for a while, but then the depression would come back, and it would start all over. Finally, when I was in high school, she got the diagnosis: Major Depressive Disorder.[i][ii] She was put on medications, and pretty much stayed stable until the end of her life, when the drugs finally destroyed her kidneys and she passed away. I am terrified that this is my future. My doctor thinks I have it, too.”

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Convicting Life, Choose Not to be Angry & Resentful

Convicting Life, Choose Not to be Angry & Resentful

People come to biblical counselors for help for all different sorts of reasons. Some people have been comforted in times of difficulty by a substance to such an extent that they can no longer live without that substance. The relief of emotional pain may have come from food, alcohol, or even isolation from others. Others have been deeply hurt in life and come for help because their hurt has turned to anger and bitterness.

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What Did You Expect? Part Two

What Did You Expect? Part Two

In my last post, we met Joyce and Judy, a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law whose relationship has gotten off to a rocky start because of some presuppositions and expectations that were based only on their own desires, instead of a biblical foundation. Each of them has spiraled downward into disappointment, frustration, and bitterness because their expectations were not met. So, now what? How do we get Joyce and Judy back on a solid footing to build a relationship that brings glory to God? As I see it, there are three elements that must be present if they are going to remedy the problems they are facing: Repentance, communication, and love.

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What Did You Expect?

What Did You Expect?

Joyce was beyond thrilled when she got the news that her son was finally going to be married. He’d been dating Judy for several years now, and Joyce had really grown to love her. Having had only sons, she had always fantasized about one day having a daughter-in-law, welcoming a girl into the family, and doing “girl things” with her. Joyce had prayed throughout her son’s life that he would marry a woman who would be like a daughter to her.

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The High Places In Your Heart

The High Places In Your Heart

My Bible reading has taken me into Kings and Chronicles, and one thing that has repeatedly struck me is how the good Kings (although there were a few) obeyed God only in part. The Bible repeatedly states that this good king or that good king eradicated evil or Baal worship out of Israel or Judah, but never went the whole way in removing the high places or the golden calves or the altars on which sacrifices to those false gods were offered.

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