One of the best-known passages in the Bible is Proverbs 3:5-6. However, the verses that follow are just as important for us to get the full idea of what’s being taught. Understanding these verses can bring us great hope if we will trust God with our future. Even in times of great difficulty, this passage gives us four reasons why we … Read More
The period between the end of the Old Testament prophets and the coming of Jesus is often referred to as the silent period. In Luke 1, after Mary revealed to her relatives how God had chosen her to bear a son, Zechariah’s prayer of praise is recorded to remind us about the significance of what was about to transpire. Zechariah … Read More
Here’s a conversation or internal narrative we’ve all had at one time or another: “I honestly start the day with a positive attitude and it just seems like there’s always something that comes against me; something goes wrong, then something else. I really try but I just get so tired of it. I find myself huffing and murmuring, ‘Like I … Read More
Thanksgiving through New Year’s can be a rough time for many, especially if thoughts of home create more nervous tension than eager anticipation. In Colossians 3:12-15, Paul unpacks his recipe for how we can find peace within us and around us during the holiday season. “ Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, … Read More
“I don’t even know what to do anymore,” he secretly wished that the heart attack that killed his good friend had happened to him instead. Financial stressors, church hurt, and more house projects than he knows what to do with had led to a perpetual dread of waking up each morning. He finished with “My marriage sucks! My wife left me in … Read More
Death causes us to be angry because it comes into our world like an unexpected slap in the face. As one researcher said, “Death is a social disease, like V.D. It is not polite, not well-mannered.” King Solomon concurred: “No man has authority to restrain the wind…or authority over the day of death” (Ecclesiastes 8:8). When death enters our social circles or … Read More
Written by BCC Counselor Jin Taek Chung We have all dealt with guilt and shame at some point in our life. The effects of unresolved guilt and shame in our lives can hold us back and weigh us down. So, how do we make sure we are dealing with it appropriately? The way our culture views guilt and shame differ … Read More
Discouragement. That’s what I see so often: heavy shoulders, general sadness, and anxiety all mixing together. On top of the specific circumstances and problems each person is already facing, discouragement spirals us into believing lies. Believing the Lies These lies are not new, or ones that can be easily shrugged off. They are lies that we have believed for a … Read More
This article is filled with references and resources to help you as a counselor or parent explore the root issues that can lead to your teen’s depression.
This is not a comprehensive, all-inclusive list, but it will prime the pump in asking the right questions to discover what your teen is believing, doing, and feeling. It will lead to some good conversations that will help your teen to balance their life in a more holistic approach.
One area affects the other, and when even one area is out of sync, it hurts the whole and affects the emotions negatively.