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3 Struggles During Stressful Times

Rough week, huh?

You're not alone. We're all in this together.

That said, some of you have more difficult challenges. Just a few examples come to mind:

  • Healthcare professionals at risk, under stress, and overworked.
  • Parents with young or special needs children who cannot understand what's going on.
  • Employees who have been laid off or suspended.
  • Employers who've had to decide whether to lay off or suspend employees.
  • Older persons whose retirement has dissipated in recent days.

Obviously, I cannot begin to resolve these issues. But let's address a few other concerns you may be facing: abuse, depression, and pornography.

    Are You in a Harmful Marriage?

    Let's be honest: Someone receiving this newsletter is in an abusive or emotionally destructive marriage. And while things are usually tough, they're even worse now.

    Maybe you're home a lot more with that toxic person and/or your spouse has been triggered by the current stress, but you're under extra fire right now. You're hurting deeply, and you need help.

    Yes, I'm a big proponent of marriage, but NOT ABUSE. That's not God's design for marriage or how we should treat anyone!

    You can check out the post below and the resources listed there.

    And if you or your kids are in danger, the domestic violence hotline is still open. Use it.

    Domestic Violence Hotline
    Depression Is Not Just Sadness

    Everybody gets the blues, and with Coronovirus leaving a harsh toll on lives and livelihoods, we have even more reason to be sad. 

    But for those with clinical depression, it's not merely sadness but a physiological experience that isn't likely to abate on its own.

    Depression can challenge your marriage and its intimacy, but also just you.

    Don't suffer longer than you have to. The following posts address depression and ways to address it.

    Is Porn Calling Your Name?

    It's not surprising if you're feeling additional temptation. When stressed, we tend to return to those habits that soothed us in the past—even when we know they're wrong or the eventual toll they took was high.

    You may need ongoing reminders, encouragement, and accountability right now to get through this tough time porn-free.

    And remember, if you flub up, it's not over! One primary difference between the apostles Judas and Peter is that Peter didn't give up. When he got something really wrong, he confessed his sin, asked God to strengthen him, and got back on track. You can too.

    And get accountability with the following resources!

    Covenant Eyes Filtering Software
    Small Groups Online (XXX Church)
    Take Positive Steps

    Look for activities that don't just provide downtime but refresh your soul. And do what you can to nurture your marriage and its sexual intimacy.

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    And I leave you with what may be my favorite Scripture, reminding us that hard times happen but God is there:

    But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze."

    Isaiah 43:1-2

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