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Help! My daughter-in-law hates me

By Leslie Vernick | February 17, 2009 |

For those who regularly look for my Monday update, please accept my apologies. I’m on vacation and don’t have easy access to a wireless system to update my blog. Today was my earliest opportunity. Q. My daughter-in-law was offended by something I did (I’m not even sure what it was) while she was dating my son. They have now been…

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My Husband and Grown Kids Verbally Abuse Me. Help

By Leslie Vernick | February 10, 2009 |

Q. My family consist of my husband and 4 kids ages 33,29,21 and 16. The 33 yr old daughter, 21 year old son and the 16year old son are all at home. The verbal abuse coming from all directions is just too much to bear. I know that there are two sides to every story, but I tell you, the…

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Do I Love Myself Enough or Too Much?

By Leslie Vernick | February 2, 2009 |

Q. My counselor tells me I need to love myself more and need to improve my self esteem. The Bible says that I’m not to think too highly of myself. So which is it? Do I love myself enough or too much? Debbie in OR A. That can be a trick question for many Christians. The Bible isn’t against loving…

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I caught my husband chatting on the internet. Help

By Leslie Vernick | January 26, 2009 |

Q. I recently discovered that my husband has been not only viewing porn on the internet, but also “chatting” with multiple women. I even found e-mails where he refers to me as his “soon to be ex” and exchanged phone numbers, and talked about times to meet, etc. When I confronted him, he swears that all of this is fantasy…

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How can I know if I am Depressed?

By Leslie Vernick | January 18, 2009 |

Q. I’ve been reading your blog about depression but how do I know if I’m really depressed or just in a bad mood? Crystal in AL A. For many of us, depression is a generic word we use to describe how we feel when we’re down in the dumps, stressed-out, overwhelmed, hurt, or sad. Many of us have bad days…

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Is it sinful to take antidepressant medication?

By Leslie Vernick | January 12, 2009 |

Q. I struggle with depression and feel guilty taking antidepressant medication. Some Christians say that depression is a sin problem. Others say it’s a disease. I’m so confused. Am I sinning by taking medication? Lori in IN A. You are not alone. Many depressed people feel ambivalent about taking medication. They fear it means that they aren’t trusting God enough.…

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Getting Over Winter Blues

By Leslie Vernick | January 5, 2009 |

Q. Christmas is over. The weather is grey and I haven’t seen the sunshine in over a week. I know I’m supposed to be joyful and thankful but I just don’t feel it. What can I do to feel better when I’m feeling blue? Abby in MA A. You’re not alone. Many people experience the winter blues. There’s even a…

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My husband’s anger and chronic complaining Part 2

By Leslie Vernick | December 30, 2008 |

Q. This is my last blog before the New Year so I thought I’d do something a little different. Instead of answering a new question, I want to continue to respond to the issue presented last week. This past week I’ve received some reader responses as well as a follow up question from Diane regarding her husband’s explosive anger and…

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My Husband is Chronically Complaining and Negative

By Leslie Vernick | December 22, 2008 |

Q. My husband is chronically complaining and often in a bad mood. He finds something wrong with everything and frequently has a pity party for himself. I don’t know how to help him or even how to live with him in a godly way. I don’t want him to ruin the holidays for our children – again! What can I…

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