is 15-20% higher for the chronically ill
than for the average person
A. "Depression in Physically Ill Patients,"
Postgraduate Medicine (9-92) 147-154.
the significance of one's faith has
shown to lower one's risk of depressive
symptoms and aid one in better handling
a stressful medical event.
P., Lyons J.S., Larson D.B., Strain, J.J.
"Religious belief, depression, and
ambulation status in elderly women with
broken hips." American Journal of
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who use their religious faith to cope
are significantly less depressed, even
when taking into account the severity
of their physical illness. In fact,
the clinical effects of religious coping
showed the strongest benefit among those
with severe physical disability. Some
87 patients hospitalized with serious
illness who also then suffered depression
were followed over time in another study.
The patients with a deep, internalized
faith recovered faster from the depression,
even when their physical condition wasn't
K.S., Gardner, C. O., and Prescott, C.A.
"Religion, Psychopathology, and Substance
Use and Abuse: A Multimeasure, Genetic-Epidemiologic
Study," American Journal of Psychiatry
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Larson, David B., and Weaver, Andrew J.
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for the Hurting Christian
Verse-by-Verse Studies on Specific Help
Small articles and Biblical references
from Billy Graham.
For Those Who Grieve
Scriptures by topic.
Because Christians hurt too.
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illness can have a significant impact
on how one feels about his or her self.
are 3 billion women who don't
look like supermodels and only
eight who do.
average woman weighs 144 lbs
and wears between a 12-14.
psychological study in 1995
found that three minutes spent
looking at a fashion magazine
caused 70% of women to feel
depressed, guilty, and shameful.
twenty years ago weighed 8%
less than the average woman.
Today they weigh 23% less.
beauty of a woman... is
clothes she wears, the figure she carries,
or the way she combs her hair.
beauty of a woman must be seen from her
eyes, because that is the doorway to her
heart--The place where love resides.
beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
but true beauty in a woman is reflected
in her soul.
is the caring that she lovingly gives,
the passion that she shows. The beauty
of a woman with passing years -- only
Ways to Reduce Stress
Angel says, "Never borrow from the
future. If you worry about
what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't
happen, you have worried in vain.
Even if it does happen, you have to worry
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into
your time schedule, or
that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often
not enough, two are often
8. Allow extra time to do things and to
get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes
and difficult projects
over time; don't lump the hard things
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If
a situation is a concern,
find out what God would have you do and
let go of the anxiety . If you
can't do anything about a situation, forget
12. Live within your budget; don't use
credit cards for ordinary
13. Have backups; an extra car key in
your wallet, an extra house
key buried in the garden, extra stamps,
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single
piece of advice can
prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while
waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its
20. Listen to a tape while driving that
can help improve your
quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the
spot. Try to nip small
problems in the bud. Don't wait until
it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures
26. Remember that the shortest bridge
between despair and hope is
often a good "Thank you Jesus."
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not
yourself at all. 30. Develop a forgiving
attitude (most people are doing the best
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably
need it the most). 32. Sit on your ego.
33 Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the
general manager of the
36. Every night before bed, think of one
thing you're grateful for
that you've never been grateful for before.
GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS
AROUND FOR YOU.
"If God is for us, who can be against
us?" (Romans 8:31)