Category: Dealing with Hardships

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CHANGE? Grow Where You Are Planted

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  You know the popular saying: "When one door closes, another one opens." Yes, that can be true. But sometimes reality feels more like: "When one door slams shut in your face, you are then shoved or forced through another one ...whether you like it or not." That's the funny thing about ...

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LIFE’S MIRACLES: From Water into Wine

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsLast weekend I took part in a conference for my church youth group called CFC-Youth. The theme was centered around the Wedding at Cana, when Jesus turned water into wine as his first miracle. We were taught to recognize the ways in which Jesus had metaphorically turned our water into wine -- ...

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Dealing with Life’s Unpredictable DETOURS

Follow this blog on Twitter @reltalkblogs"If you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention." - Conan O'BrienWe always strive for direction. We want life to progress in a linear fashion, to get exactly what we want when we want it. We make goals for ourselves and ...

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How to Cope with Clinical Depression

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs I shared about my "Journey Through Clinical Depression" before but realized I hadn't given any details about how actually I coped with it (at least not on a practical/tangible level). A friend of mine interviewed me about it for a class project, inspiring me to share my answers here; hopefully it ...

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Benefits of WAITING: One’s Worst Enemy & Best Friend

It's easy to feel discouraged when bad things happen in our lives, but it can be just as hard when good things don't happen -- when we wait for better things to come around, but they fall short of reality. We keep our chins up, trying to stay positive, but deep inside, a mounting feeling of ...

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Finding Meaning in Suffering

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsExactly a year ago from today was the first time I considered possibly having clinical depression. Since then, it's amazing how much of a difference God has made in my life in the span of a year. Every time I think of it, I am speechless.. completely in awe. I could ...

My Journey Through Clinical Depression

So here it is: The raw, unedited version of my story—the story of my journey through clinical depression. This is the story that inspired the creation of this entire blog. This is the story of the struggles I endured, and the triumph that God has had over my life. Ultimately, this is not a story ...

What if Christmas Only Required Honesty?

I don't even have to tell you about "the true meaning of Christmas" -- we all know what it is. Go to church and the scriptures tell it beautifully. Even the holiday movies sometimes get it right, with themes of 'joy' and 'celebration' and 'forgiveness' and 'family' and 'giving'. So what happens? We do what ...

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Letting Go of "Yesterday", Appreciating "Now"

Follow this blog on Twitter: @realtalkblogs Things CHANGE. Sometimes we crave it, other times we're afraid of it. Numbing routine makes us want something new, yet other times we want familiarity, for something stable to cling onto. Especially when memories from the past seem more attractive than the present, our longing for familiarity becomes stronger ...