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My huband is a chronic liar. What can I do?

By Leslie Vernick | March 9, 2009 |

Q. I am a 39 year old wife and mother of 3 children with one on the way. My husband repeatedly lies to me and waits for me to find out, confront him, and finally admits then acts as if nothing happened. I have been married for 15 years and am at the end of my rope with this regular…

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Is God Good?

By Leslie Vernick | March 2, 2009 |

Q. My mother just died a long and painful death and last year my husband of 30 years walked out on me. I’m struggling as a Christian to believe that God is good when it feels like he doesn’t care and he doesn’t help. How can I get through this period of doubt? Cindy A. First, let me tell you…

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How can I tell if my daughter’s boyfriend is abusing her?

By Leslie Vernick | February 24, 2009 |

Q. My 16 year old daughter is dating someone and I’m concerned that it’s not a healthy relationship. He calls all the time and seems very possessive and jealous. She seems as obsessed with him as he is with her but I’m worried. How will I know if she is being mistreated or abused and how do I help her…

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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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