Emotional Health

Grief, shame, regret — we all deal with negative emotions. Whether they're temporary, situation-based emotions or clinical, chronic struggles, God's Word in Scripture can help.

Day One: Comfort in Difficult Times
The Bible is the Word of God written to His people and, as such, it contains everything we need to be "complete" (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Part of the "everything" we need is comfort. The Bible has a lot to say about comfort...
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For more, see "What does the Bible say about managing/controlling emotions?"

Day Two: Overcoming Grief
Grief is an emotion common to the human experience, and we witness the process of grief throughout the biblical narrative. Multiple Bible characters experienced deep loss and sadness, including Job, Naomi, Hannah, and David. Even Jesus mourned...
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For more, see "Permission"

Day Three: Shame and Regret
Everyone experiences a certain amount of shame and regret over sins committed in the past. The Bible has much to say about shame and regret, and there are numerous examples of people in the Bible who experienced these negative feelings...
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For more, see "Spiritual Maturity and Past Shames"

Day Four: Panic Attacks
According to the Mayo Clinic website, a panic attack is "a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause." Many people have experienced one or two such episodes and know how frightening the spells can be...
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For more, see "Cast Them"

Day Five: Exam and Test Anxiety
Taking tests is a common part of the formal educational process. Students in school know that it's only a matter of time before exam week rolls around again—and, leading up to that time, there are the quizzes, assessments, practices, exercises, reviews, etc...
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Day Six: Heartbreak
The dictionary defines heartbreak as "crushing grief, anguish, or distress." In today's world, the term brokenhearted usually describes someone who has suffered a failed relationship or loss of a loved one...
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Day Seven: Nightmares
Nightmares are defined as dreams that produce a strong negative emotional response, such as fear or horror. Nightmare sufferers usually awake in a state of extreme distress, even to the point of a severe physical response—racing pulse, sweating, nausea...
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Published 3-28-16