The Abundant Life Blog
The Abundant Life Blog is here to encourage and inspire Believer's to live emotionally healthy lives. Using the Word of God and the principals found within, we will apply concepts to the challenges of daily life.
Occasionally you will see a blog focus on Chain Breaking. At Out of the Woods, we recognize that sometimes our history and our habits work against us -- creating chains on our soul that keep us held back. These blogs are specifically designed to break those chains.
|Posted by [email protected] on July 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Earlier today and young, bright college student came to my office seeking counsel to cope with anxiety and depression which had taken over most of his adolescent and adult life. One of the struggles she mentioned was with his fantasy life. He recalled fantasizing about all sorts of things – positive and negative from his past in a way that kept open old wounds and scared away his ability to sleep. Perhaps fantasy has not impacted you to this extreme, but believers often s...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on June 30, 2018 at 9:05 PM||comments (0)|
Recently my father-in-law came from Nigeria for an extended visit. We enjoy him and I particularly love to hear his unique view of American traditions. His presence also exposes me to things I rarely pay attention to anymore. This week it was Entertainment Tonight, the television show, which has been chronicling the missteps of Heather Lockhear's struggles with addiction and suicidal thoughts. I usually don't watch such shows, but he does during our dinner time, I've bee...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on June 10, 2018 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
We are becoming more aware of how traumatic experiences impact how we live our lives. Just knowing that it is a problem can be a big step towards limiting its impact on our lives. While overcoming trauma can be hard work, but it is possible once we know that it is there. Here's what we need to know to get started.
Lots of different experiences can result in trauma.
Perhaps we are most familiar with how the trauma of war impacts people. As a society, we are begi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on June 5, 2018 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Once again the headlines are filled with the announcement of a celebrity suicide. Today's announcement featured fashion designer and business woman, Kate Spade. Again the question must be asked. How can we prevent suicide. Let's keep this real easy.
If you are feeling suicidal there is help. Call 1-800-273-8255 ASAP. Its that simple.
If you believe someone else is struggling with thoughts of suicide, push aside your fears about offending them ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on June 1, 2018 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Getting out of the house is absolutely critical to overcoming depression and some forms of anxiety. We kind of know that instinctively, but as a client mentioned earlier today, "If I go out, I'm going to spend money and I don't have money." Let's think about that though. Is that really true? There are free things going on around us. Just to prove the point, here's a look at what is going on for FREE in the Jonesboro area. Now, stick with me even if you don't...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on May 29, 2018 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
A few years ago I wrote a blog called Toxic Television – my contribution to myriad of voices in the mental health community encouraging folks to turn of the television and to embrace forms of entertainment that were less toxic and less destructive to mental health. One of those recommendations was to get news from the radio instead. The idea was that without the constant, repetitive imagery, the toxic messages would have less effect. Now three years later...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on May 28, 2018 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
In the late 80s it seemed like every teacher, parent, and child was becoming enlightened as the terms ADD, ADHD, and Ritalin became part of the hip, well-formed crowd's lexicon. With the turn of the century, it seems the new fad is for everyone to be "bipolar". While I would argue that it is great those outside of the mental health field are beginning to recognize that mental illness is real and is common. By throwing around terms like bipolar, we have lessened what it r...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on May 26, 2018 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Perhaps you are like me and the beauty of creation inspires you to praise the one true Creator. Or perhaps it is the lyrics of a song that says what was in your heart. Perhaps God’s love and grace shown in Scripture fills your heart with praise. Whatever the source of inspiration, there is certainly a place in the lives of all believers for the spiritual discipline of praising God. This is particularly true of the one who is breaking chains in their lives.Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on May 24, 2018 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
As I was crisscrossing Clayton County this morning, trying to meet the demands of the new hands free law and answer the phone and figure out where I was going, it occurred to me that this trip was anything but peaceful. I had put on worship music to help, but the combination of red lights, a limited amount of time, distractions, and wrong turns stripped me of my normally peaceful demeanor.
When I returned to my office, I was confronted by a sig...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on May 20, 2018 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
The cover of Atlanta magazine this month features a tall glass of amber refreshment and a headline hearalding The Rise of Georgia Beer. I only noticed it because as I was preparing to pile it on the rest of the magazines in the office waiting room. "What does it look like when your counselor -- who among other things rails against the dangers of addictions -- puts such a magazine in the waiting room?" I pondered this deciding this particular issue did not really belong th...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
We know as believers were are filled with the Spirit and one of the evidences of that indwelling is a sense of joy. Scriptures like Philippians 4:4 encourage us to be full of joy at all times. It can be very frustrating when the circumstances and trials of life get us down. Today we look at three ways to lift your mood. This is not three suggestions on how to cure depression. Nor are we examining three ways to solve the problems of life. Rather, we are looking at three practical steps we can ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on May 18, 2018 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
Becoming emotionally healthy often does not come naturally. It takes work…. hard work…. consistent, hard work. Here are 6 habits that are critical for emotional healthy Christians.
#1 Emotionally Healthy Christians Connect with Others
We were made for interacting with others. We need each other. Unlike some members of the animal kingdom, we are born dependent on our parents and throughout our lives we n...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on October 30, 2017 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
I was just looking over the blog from 2014 and noticed a blog I wrote of sexual assualt following allegations against Bill Cosby and university students which sparked outrage at the time. Here in 2017, a new set of allegations spark outrage. While there is a place for outrage, I would contend that there is also a need for outreach.
Sexual assault is one of those things that causes extreme struggles with shame and as a result, it is kept secret. Secrets that hurt. Yet we know that ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on January 28, 2016 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Productivity.... it is such a challenging word. On the one hand, we want to be able to accomplish as much a we possibly can. After all, an idle mind is the devil's workshop. Right? It would seem that we are given a relatively short amount of time to do all we can with all of our gifts so that we can bring as much glory to God as is humanly possible.
There is of course another side to this. A side that says there is value in the down time. That there needs to be a place for ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by [email protected] on March 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Every so often the news of the day takes on a particularly unhealthy tone. The death and distruction of day to day life in certain parts of the world can cause significant distress to those who are trying to be good citizens by staying informed. I call this Toxic Television because of its ability to fill our minds with such negativity we are unable to function as we stress about life. How can we both stay informed and still sleep well at night?
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