Healthy snacking option with hummus and carrots.

Our bodies often get very uncomfortable with what we feed them. Eat junk food, and that’s what we’ll want. We’ll prefer the taste of fat, salt, and sugar over whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. We have trained our bodies by sheer repetition to accept certain foods and reject others. In short, we’ve polluted our palate. It no longer has the ability to discern what’s really good for us.

This same concept applies to our children. They have lost the joy of a crisp, cool apple or the crunch of raw carrots. Fresh, clear water has been replaced by sugared, carbonated…

Young girl contemplating and feeling depressed.

Shelby couldn’t tear open the package quick enough. She had only a short time to devour her treat before someone came home. Her sister would be nosey and might tell on her for eating something she wasn’t supposed to. If Shelby’s mother came home and caught her, Shelby would be scolded for eating “junk” and would have her dinner taken away. But the treat was just so delicious.

So much in Shelby’s life was hard to swallow, but not this delicious treat. She was sure she could eat a mountain of these treats and never feel full. Creamy and sweet…

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A search through your past is not meant to assign blame; it is, rather, a mature look at your family to discover what might contribute to depression. It is important for you to be able to identify the burdens from past relationships that may be slowing down your rate of recovery.

Think about the members of your immediate family — parents, siblings, and grandparents. Think about how you relate to each of these family members and what you learned about yourself from them. How did they treat you? What were some ways they hurt you? …

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The Bible says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). The Book of Common Prayer pleads, “From pride, vain-glory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness, good Lord, deliver us.” Daniel Defoe wrote, “Pride is the first peer and president of Hell.”

For us who say we are disciples, it is not that we do great and marvelous things but that we are, as Oswald Chambers says, “good in motive because we have been made good by the supernatural grace of God.”

To find inner healing, to maintain a healthy balance, and…

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In cultures like our own, where active fathering and male influence on sons is diminishing, there is often a concomitant devaluing of respect among boys and young men. this is highly problematic because boys and men need to respect authority (unless it is immoral authority) in order to thrive. Boys need to learn how to recognize and respond with respect to proper authority in order to handle adult relationships of all kinds, from the boss who issues orders, to the doctor who gives direction, to the police officer who writes him a ticket, to a woman who tells him no.

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Some of you may remember that obnoxious habit called “talk to the hand.” Thankfully, this phrase and the accompanying hand gesture were short-lived. If “talk to the hand” doesn’t ring a bell, it was a fad popular in the 90’s and the turn of the millennium, if you didn’t want to hear what someone had to say, or didn’t really want to talk to that person, you would put your arm out in front of you, palm up like you were motioning stop. You would then say to the other person, “Talk to the hand.” …

By its very nature, hope is anticipatory; it expects a future outcome. It becomes very important, therefore, to be aware of what sort of future outcome you expect. An optimist expects a positive future; a pessimist expects a negative one. An optimist hopes for the best; a pessimist fears the worst. Hope and fear battle in your heart for supremacy. In order to be a happy person, the hopeful optimist needs to win.

Now, I have a bit of a problem with the dictionary definition of hope, which is to expect something with confidence. I have known many people, myself…

Downsizing your stuff allows you to see — and use — those items that are truly meaningful to you.

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At a certain point in my life, I came to realize that I didn’t so much own my stuff as my stuff owned me. First of all, the more stuff I had, the more energy and effort I put into maintaining and housing the stuff. Second of all, the more stuff I wanted, the more energy and effort I put into obtaining the stuff, which brought me back to the first point.

In our culture, we are constantly told we must…

I’m a sucker for a feel-good story. As a therapist, I often deal with stories that don’t feel good. Stories of tragedy, of trauma, of pain and loss. There are days I go home and don’t want to feel one more chilling swipe across my heartstrings by something I see or hear. I do find myself inexorably drawn to stories that, as they say, warm the heart, like the story I read last week about Walter Carr.

Walter, a 20-year-old college student from Alabama, was getting ready to start his new job with a moving company the next day, when…

Just as you may need patience in coming to forgiveness, the other person may need time to come to a place of repentance. One of the hardest things to do is to admit you have wronged another person and caused pain.

Understanding the depth of the wrong and the amount of the pain can take time to assimilate. Taking time to get there does not mean repentance won’t happen at all; it means coming to an understanding of the need for repentance is a process.

This is how God deals with you. As you learn more about who he is…

Dr. Gregory Jantz

Founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE, Husband, Father, Author, Radio Host, International Speaker of Hope!

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