7 Things to Do If You’re Sad

DepressedHave you ever cried so hard and so long you thought it would never end? Or have you become so used to your sadness that you can’t imagine ever having a moment of happiness again?

I know what that feels like. I’ve been there. Over a period of four years I experienced long periods of time when all I could do was cry. I’d curl up in a little ball on the floor of my bedroom and cry. When I couldn’t sleep because I was crying so much I’d walk the streets at night, crying for hours. At work the next day I’d struggle to see through eyes that were sore and swollen.

That was twenty years ago now. Thankfully God brought me healing in some wonderful ways. People who know me now cannot imagine that I was ever such a distressed young woman. Today I’m happy 90% of the time. I love life!

Perhaps you’re feeling sad because you’ve missed out on some things in life you really needed and wanted. Perhaps you’re sad because someone (or many people) abused and misused you, and you feel worth no more than a puddle on the floor. Perhaps you’ve lost someone close to you and you’re finding it difficult to build a new life without them. Or perhaps you don’t know why, but you’re just sad.

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Sex Without Pain

Older coupleAs a gynecologist I talk with women frequently about difficulties with intimacy. Sometimes it’s a lack of interest. Sometimes it’s an inability to respond. And sometimes it’s a matter of pain.

What God designed as a means of emotional, physical, and spiritual bonding between husband and wife can sometimes come to involve physical pain. And pain is a serious mood-killer for a woman!

If you (or your wife) struggle with physical issues related to intimacy, listen to my recent interview on Sexy Marriage Radio about getting past the pain and making sex pleasant again.

A woman’s sexual response is a very integrated thing, perhaps more complicated than a man’s. Her body and her mind must be involved, and if either is distracted intimacy will be difficult, painful, or impossible.

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If Grace Is Free, Why Is It So Costly?

ProposalHave you ever been presented with an extravagant gift, and only later realized how much it would actually cost you?

Perhaps your parents gave you a car when you were a teenager. You may have loved that car. It made you feel like an adult, and gave you a measure of independence that you loved. But it was also expensive. Only too soon you discovered how much it would cost for maintenance, insurance, licensing, and gas to drive.

Perhaps your boyfriend got down on one knee and presented you with a beautiful, extravagant ring. What a gift! It was a material demonstration of his great love for you. But it was also expensive. Accepting that gift would mean agreeing to join your life with his – forever. It would mean giving up your right to independence, to live where you wanted, and to do what only you wished. It would mean giving your heart to someone knowing you would never get it back.

God’s grace is called a gift. (Ephesians 2:8) And what a gift it is! There’s nothing you could have done to earn it, and there’s nothing you can do in the future to repay it. God seems extravagant, perhaps even reckless (to us), in how He freely offers His grace with abandon.

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How Do You Know What God Wants You To Do?

Happy People at WorkSomewhere in the deep parts of our souls we feel as though there must to be more to our lives than earning a paycheck for a few years, perhaps buying a home if we’re lucky, and being able to retire with dignity. Loving personal relationships add a lot of meaning to life. But isn’t there something more?

Do you ever feel as though God has something BIG He wants you to do, but you just can’t figure it out? Sometimes you may have a general idea, and you may have tried to take some steps toward what you see as God’s purpose for you, but nothing seems to happen. Even the things you try to accomplish just seem to fall flat when it comes to making any impact for God.

Peter writes that you have a pretty important role to play. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) That sounds as though you’re pretty important, doesn’t it?

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Why Do You Go To Church?

ChurchOn Sunday morning, or whenever you go to church, what are you looking for? What do you expect when you get there? Would you miss it if you didn’t go?

The number of “unchurched” has been growing steadily, and comprises a larger portion of American adults than ever before. George Barna and his organization have highlighted many characteristics of this growing trend. And many who consider themselves “church people” go less frequently than they have in the past.

But perhaps it’s worth looking closer to home. Just ask yourself, Why do I go to church?

Perhaps you are looking for:

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