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Jan 05
2012
Shirley Goodman

Overcoming Denial

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Overcoming Denial

 

An alcoholic, bulimic teen or workaholic father may say, “I don’t have a problem,” yet the problem is so clear to the observer.

Jan 05
2012
Shirley Goodman

Defense Mechanisms During a Crisis

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When a crisis or trauma occurs, it is common for many people to reduce their anxiety and stress by employing defense mechanisms. Paul states in the letter to the Philippians, be anxious about nothing but in everything (all circumstances) be in prayer, presenting your requests to God. He assures the reader that the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds (Philippians 4:6-7).  God promises release from anxious thoughts and worry. Is this anxiety decline in a person God-given or a personal defense mechanism at work? 

Can you recognize defense mechanisms during a crisis?

Aug 02
2010
Shirley Goodman

Grief: Death of a Child

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Grief: Death of a Child
By: Shirley Goodman
August 2, 2010


The death of a child is an unexpected crisis that most parents rarely think about or expect to experience. Most people expect their parents and older extended family members to precede them in death but not their children. During these traumatic events, God has promised to be close to the brokenhearted (Psalms 34:18) and He heals their wounds (Psalms 147:3).

Understanding several principles about the healing and grieving process will better equip you to help yourself and others. Each of the following principles should be a consideration when a loss of a child occurs. The individual's healing occurs as he or she progresses through the grieving process. This process includes expressing emotions, saying goodbye, treasure memories, staying involved with friends and maintaining a spiritual lifeline.