Rainy Days & Mondays

You’re human. It’s OK

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Rainy Days

Dear Friend – Do rainy days and Mondays get you down?¹ How does “being down” fit with being a Christian? This blog is named BeYeGlad! Rest assured I’m not Pollyannaish. Being a Christian isn’t all swe Continue reading “Rainy Days & Mondays”

Top Posts for 2019

Thank you for following my blog

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Happy New Year!

At the close of the year 2019 I want to thank you for following Be Ye Glad! I appreciate each one of you. Thank you for every comment and every “like.” Before listing the Top Posts for 2019 this is my 2020 prayer for you. Continue reading “Top Posts for 2019”

Open Letter to a Widow

An unusual request

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Dear Betty —
Your request to write something for a widow is an unusual one. I have lost many things but a spouse is not among them. At the same time, all loss no matter what it is has similarities. Lord willing, Continue reading “Open Letter to a Widow”

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

God sees your profound sadness

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Christmas for some is a difficult time of year. If you are having a hard time remember God is the God who sees. He sees your deep despair. God is the God who hears. He hears you crying out. Even if time goes by never doubt. God sees you. Continue reading “He Sees You When You’re Sleeping”

Is Your Spiritual Life M.I.A? – part 2

More on exercising your spiritual muscle

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Coffee Clutch

After writing the last post, I realized I had forgotten something important about exercising our spiritual muscle. In part one I wrote about the practices of prayer, scripture reading and worship. Continue reading “Is Your Spiritual Life M.I.A? – part 2”

Is Your Spiritual Life M.I.A?

How to exercise your spiritual muscle

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Everyone has a spiritual side to them. It’s the part of us that responds to God. Any illness affects us spiritually. When we are in poor health God seems far away. The part of us that responds to God goes missing for awhile. Prayer is more difficult. Continue reading “Is Your Spiritual Life M.I.A?”

Help! I’m depressed

Treating the illness

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Exercise is the all-natural treatment

Depression makes you frustrated and angry. You may feel overwhelmed. The smallest task seems too much. You might feel sad, hopeless, or listless. How you react to depression depends on if you are Continue reading “Help! I’m depressed”

Mental Illness and the Christian

How do you perceive someone with mental illness?

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Rainy days and Mondays

Have you ever heard that Christians are not supposed to get depressed? That somehow being a Christian should protect us from mental illness? This is not true, yet this falsehood persists among well-meaning Christians. Why is this?  Continue reading “Mental Illness and the Christian”

My Mental Illness

Prince William gave me courage to talk

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After Prince William of England went public this week with his mental illness I was amazed. For him, it is a constant battle to keep the details of his life private. And here he was talking publicly about a private matter, his health. Continue reading “My Mental Illness”