Our quote for today is from Augustine. He said, “We want to reach the kingdom of God, but we don't want to travel by way of death. And yet there stands Necessity saying: 'This way, please.' Do not hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you.”
Our problem today is "The Problem of Death in Your Life" (part 5) from the book, "The Guide to Biblical Counseling" by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins.
Matthew Henry said, “He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.”
1. Focus on basic needs.
- Be sure to focus on basic needs — food, shelter, safety. If these needs are not met, the critical emotional issues will be even harder to handle.
- People who are experiencing shock may neglect hygiene, necessary medications, or meals.
2. Discover the best ways of coping.
- Assess the level of emotions present by using some of the questions suggested previously.
- Some people process crisis emotions better by being busy while others need to be alone. If you’re the former, find something simple to do and if you’re the latter, find a quiet place to be alone.
3. Seek social interaction.
- Do not withdraw from social interactions. Find support in your friendships.
- Some friendships will be different (for example, if a spouse has died), but your friends will still want your company, even without the other person.
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