Category Archives: Recovery

Helping the Sufferer: Motivation

If someone we love or care about has experienced a significant loss, we want to help. We may even feel the need to help. As a friend we can provide enormous support, encouragement, and hope. One way we can err … Continue reading

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Inspiration from a Wheel-Chair

Yesterday afternoon I took my regular walk for exercise of 40+ minutes around my neighborhood. Because of my recent sore throat, I’ve missed my walks, so I felt pleased to once again get the exercise I need. On my way … Continue reading

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When Our Body Speaks For Us

At times, when we feel unable to put our anguish into words, our body speaks for us. In 1994, Robert Sapolsky published Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (revised and updated, 2004). Renowned biologist Sapolksy describes how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a … Continue reading

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Should We Pray for a Miracle?

When we face a dire medical condition, should we pray for a miracle? I admit that, although we believe God could, in most circumstances we have no expectation that he will perform a miracle for us. We are right to … Continue reading

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Am I Depressed? VI

Now that we’ve reviewed depression in God’s servants, along with ways they recovered, we ask “How can these stories can help me?” 1. One lesson is that a period of depression is not that unusual in the life of a … Continue reading

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Am I Depressed? V

How does God bring his servants out of depression? We’ve noted how the Lord hears Elijah’s complaints, gives him work to commission his successor, and reminds him of his unseen support. Likewise, the Lord allows Jonah to pour out his … Continue reading

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Am I Depressed? IV

Wanting to die represents a serious symptom of depression.  Along with a sad mood  persisting more than two weeks, it provides reason enough to have a talk with your doctor, pastor, counselor, or trusted friend. As we saw last blog, … Continue reading

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“I’ve Got a New Attitude” II

Diagnosed with anklosing spondylitis, (deterioration of spinal connective tissue) Norman Cousins, editor of Saturday Review at the time, experienced intense, unrelieved pain. Suspecting he may be the worse because of maximum amounts and highest possible dosages of painkillers, he determined … Continue reading

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Suicide Among our Military and Job’s Survival II

As I look at Job’s longing for death, I note three important safeguards, which may have kept him alive long enough for him to recover. 1. Job’s family. Although she chided him at the beginning, Job’s wife stood by him … Continue reading

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Steps toward Health

One man, shown his brain image with damage from his addiction, responded that maybe the doctor was “fudging the picture.” In the grip of his unhealthy habit, he preferred to deceive himself. To change ourselves, then, requires enormous effort. For … Continue reading

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