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Am I Depressed – Does God Have An Answer?

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by burtonrager
A question we may ask ourselves, “Am I Depressed?” Depression has been explained in many different ways. It can be like wearing a dark pair of sunglasses that negatively affects our experiences. It creates a perception of the world as dark and sad,void of joy and happiness. Depression can make us feel as if we are living in a box that has a foot of space to spare, making breathing and living life very difficult. Nearly everyone has experienced some form of depression in their lives, and many individuals face depression on a regular or constant basis.For these, the consequences [...]

Fear of Intimacy – Enclosing The Heart

The fear of intimacy is the fear of being emotionally and physically close to another individual. It causes them to feel vulnerable and to face the possibility of being hurt or even abandoned by the other. They face a fear of rejection, it may not be realistic but in their mind it is very true. The other partner (the one without the fear of intimacy) more than likely has never given their partner a reason to fear intimacy. Their emotional and physical fears often stem from a prior relationship or childhood. When the fear of rejection becomes too great they [...]

How To Forgive Yourself

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by burtonrager
Some people think of forgiveness as hard work or difficult. Actually it is much easier than you may imagine. There is also a sweetness to forgiving that arrives once we have surrendered our life to God. The act of forgiveness releases the burdens of our heart to a greater power, freeing us to have a heart of joy and peace. I read the other day that God does not forget our sins once we ask for forgiveness. That is contrary to what His word says. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12 [...]

How To Cope With Loneliness

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by burtonrager
Loneliness is a fact of life and each of us at sometime will need to learn how to cope with loneliness. Well, that is not very encouraging nor will it help me to cope with loneliness. It is a first step. There is not one person on the face of this planet who has lived a few years who has not faced loneliness, perhaps many times. Loneliness can be temporary; your spouse is out of town on a trip and you miss them. Maybe you are the one traveling and you are alone in a hotel room. If a spouse [...]

How to Surrender to God

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by burtonrager
A question that stirs thoughts of battle or losing in the minds of many. We are taught to live life to its fullest, to depend on ourselves, to conquer, to win, to overcome. If we can visualize or paint a picture of the outcome we desire we can succeed. God’s plan is quite the opposite. It is the Holy Spirit that brings us to the cross and causes us to face the reality of our need to die to the world and sin. We can never live a life that is beyond our hopes until we have died to ourselves. [...]