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Managing Feelings

Joy, contentment, hilarity, peace…  We don’t need help managing those. We should just enjoy them as God’s gifts. The only time we should be careful about expressing positive feelings is if doing so might cause someone else pain.  For example, a young couple...

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How then shall we grieve?

Losses, losses everywhere… large and small.  They pile up on us and weigh us down. Which is why we need to do our grieving. The “large” and significant losses (like a loved one or a job) we know affect us. But a friend moving away, or the loss of freedom that...

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Progressive Relaxation: How To

 “Muscular tension is your body’s way of letting you know you are under stress….when you experience stress you tense your body.”  (1) When stress is short-lived, your body relaxes again, but when stress is ongoing, certain muscle groups in your body become chronically...

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Deep Breathing for Calming and Cleansing

Breath is God’s gift to us. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2: 7 NIV) Every breath is a gift of God to us: each breath means He still wants us alive...

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Stay-At-Home Stress

Home! Usually we love to be there—it’s our safe place, our refuge; it’s where we relax. But when we have to be home most of the time and can’t go anywhere else it can be quite stressful. Stress is caused by having to adapt to change, and we have lots of change to...

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