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 firstname.lastname@example.org on June 21, 2020 at 4:55 PM||comments (359)|
You can argue whether or not it is the right time to start getting things back to normal, but one thing is true -- people are starting to go back to the usual ways of doing things. Just a month or two ago, we had determined that maybe this slower pace of life was a good thing and that maybe we needed to keep some of the changes we had made because of the coronavirus. Just as Proverbs 26:11 warns us, we are slowly returning to what was without any thought as to maintaining the g...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on April 30, 2020 at 4:45 PM||comments (3)|
A key component of the lives of believers is the ability to read God's Word in personal bible study. It is so easy to get in the pattern of reading for the sake of reading and not really allowing it to enter our hearts and impact our lives.
There are a lot of approaches to personal bible study. Here one specific approach is examined and, in part, practiced. In the latest video from Out of the Woods, find out how on particu...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on February 19, 2020 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
We need to help our brothers and sisters in Christ. That's how it is. Scripture is clear that we are to interact with each other as we go along our earthly journey. There are 94 verses in the New Testament that include commands about what we are do with "one another". Themes among these verses include unity and love. One way we can love those who are struggling with anxiety is to reach out in a way that is both Christ-centered and effecti...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on February 14, 2020 at 8:05 PM||comments (2)|
Out of the Woods is on Youtube with videos featuring how we can get out of the woods and into God's Word so that we can live lives that are both Christ-centered and emotionally healthy.
This channel was started for a couple of reasons... first, it seems like we are ignoring God's Word when it comes to how we deal with emotional challenges. It seems like more and more believers are turning to psychology for answers. It's not that psycholo...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 22, 2019 at 2:25 PM||comments (2)|
Many have responded to what is currently happening at Bethel Church in Redding, California, where well-meaning but very misinformed worshipers are earnestly contending for 2 year old Olive to be raised from the dead. Many pastors and theologians have already commented on the theological errors have have lead to this movement. I want to speak to the emotional problems.
In addition to the parents who are grieving both the death of Olive and what would have to be the death of portion...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on October 17, 2019 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
The bible is full of strategies for getting unstuck and yet as believers being stuck is at epidemic levels. So often we are unable to shake free from patterns of behaviors and troublesome circumstances. Prayer is one of the clearest methods of getting us unstuck. The scriptures are overflowing with prayers that demonstrate how to get unstuck. Here we are going to look at one from Paul's letter to the church at Thessalonica. In the first chapter of his second letter, Paul explai...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on October 15, 2019 at 6:05 PM||comments (17)|
It's coming.... After months of study and work, When She Cheats is headed to the editor. When She Cheats was born out of a change I was seeing in my practice. More and more women were reporting that they had cheated on their husbands and in addition to that, the reasons women were reported were not what I was expecting. This sent me on a search for more information and I was shocked by what I found.
Infidelity amoung married women is on the rise....Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on April 23, 2019 at 11:15 AM||comments (5)|
It's the newest fad in mental health treatment -- support animals. All around the country, therapists are being overwhelmed with requests from anxious, depressed, and socially fearful clients seeking a letter stating it is medically necessary for them to have an animal with them in places where animals are not normally allowed. (I'm not talking about taking a dog to a hospital or nursing home. That's different. It has been around for a while and we know it is effect...Read Full Post »
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on February 12, 2019 at 4:45 PM||comments (5)|
Perhaps one of the most devestating forms of child abuse is when a child is abandon and left to fend for themselves. Most often this does not occur because a mother left a baby on someone's door step. Instead, fathers and mothers get upset with each other and leave the child in the hands of the person with whom they just can't get along. Other times it is out of our control and illness, death, or incarceration separate parent and child. Abandonment is real, but it doesn't just happen to child...Read Full Post »
|Posted by email@example.com on July 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM||comments (138)|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org on June 30, 2018 at 9:05 PM||comments (1)|
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@example.com on June 10, 2018 at 3:30 PM||comments (2)|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org on June 5, 2018 at 3:40 PM||comments (2)|
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@example.com on June 1, 2018 at 8:05 PM||comments (136)|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org on May 29, 2018 at 7:05 PM||comments (5)|
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 »