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Have you ever looked at a situation you?re facing in utter disbelief and thought, "How will I ever get over this?" Lysa TerKeurst understands. After years of heartbreak and emotional trauma, she realized it?s not about just getting over hard circumstances but learning how to work through what she has walked through. Now, she wants to help you do the same. That?s why Lysa teamed up with her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, alongside the Director of Theological Research at Proverbs 31 Ministries, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, to bring you "Therapy & Theology." While Lysa, Jim and Joel do tackle some really hard topics, you?ll soon find they're just three friends having a great conversation and learning from each other along the way.

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S2 E6 | What Makes a Woman Resilient

Welcome to a new series of Therapy & Theology: "Let's Stop Avoiding This Conversation: 6 Topics Women Have Big Questions About."

 

Join Lysa TerKeurst; her licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, for a conversation about therapy and theology.

 

In Episode 6, we look at women throughout history who have made a great impact and how emotionally healthy women today are vital in the flourishing of society.

 

Related Resources: 

Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Order here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review.  Want to dig deeper? Dr. Joel Muddamalle put together additional biblical context for this episode. Click here to download now. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-11-23
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S2 E5 | Red Flags We Shouldn?t Ignore in Relationships

Welcome to a new series of Therapy & Theology: "Let's Stop Avoiding This Conversation: 6 Topics Women Have Big Questions About."

 

Join Lysa TerKeurst; her licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, for a conversation about therapy and theology.

 

In Episode 5, we'll tackle how the word "submission" has been abused and what it looks like to identify if a relationship has gone from dysfunctional to destructive.

 

Related Resources: 

Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Order here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-11-17
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S2 E4 | Can We Talk About the Porn-demic?

Welcome to a new series of Therapy & Theology: "Let's Stop Avoiding This Conversation: 6 Topics Women Have Big Questions About."

 

Parental warning: Some of the topics in the video may not be appropriate for children. Please watch and listen with caution.

 

Join Lysa TerKeurst; her licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, for a conversation about therapy and theology.

 

In Episode 4, we discuss the problems and effects of our world's "porn-demic" and the hope for healing. 

 

Related Resources: 

Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Order here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review. Want to dig deeper? Dr. Joel Muddamalle put together additional biblical context for this episode. Click here to download now. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-11-10
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S2 E3 | Commonly Debated and Misunderstood Bible Verses That Seem To Silence Women

Welcome to a new series of Therapy & Theology: "Let's Stop Avoiding This Conversation: 6 Topics Women Have Big Questions About."

 

Join Lysa TerKeurst; her licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, for a conversation about therapy and theology.

 

In Episode 3, we focus on commonly debated and often misunderstood verses in the Bible that seem to silence women.

 

If you missed Episode 2, click here to listen now.

 

Related Resources: 

Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Order here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-11-03
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S2 E2 | The Part Emotional Abuse Plays in Silencing Women

Welcome to a new series of Therapy & Theology: "Let's Stop Avoiding This Conversation: 6 Topics Women Have Big Questions About."

 

Join Lysa TerKeurst; her licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, for a conversation about therapy and theology.

 

In Episode 2, we?re talking about the part emotional abuse plays in silencing women.

 

Related Resources: 

Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Order here! Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. At the end of the episode, Jim recommended a counselor named Leslie Vernick. You can learn more about Leslie at her website here. Proverbs 31 Ministries reaches women in the middle of their busy days through free devotions, podcasts, speaking events, conferences, resources, online Bible studies, and training in the call to write, speak and lead others. Learn more by visiting our website! Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-10-27
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S2 E1 | Why No One Wins When a Woman Is Devalued

Welcome to a new series of Therapy & Theology: "Let's Stop Avoiding This Conversation: 6 Topics Women Have Big Questions About."

 

Join Lysa TerKeurst; her licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, for a conversation about therapy and theology.

 

In Episode 1, we focus on why it doesn't help anyone for a woman to be devalued.

 

Related Resources: 

Want to dig deeper? Dr. Joel Muddamalle put together additional biblical context for this episode. Click here to download now. Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Order here! Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review.  Learn more about Proverbs 31 Ministries by visiting our website. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-10-20
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Season 2 Trailer

Welcome to a new series of Therapy & Theology: "Let's Stop Avoiding This Conversation: 6 Topics Women Have Big Questions About."

It?s a series you don?t want to miss ? an invitation for you to come as you are with your hurts, your questions, your willingness to learn and your desire to heal.

Join Lysa TerKeurst; her licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries' Director of Theological Research, Dr. Joel Muddamalle, for a conversation about scriptures taken out of context and sometimes used to devalue and silence women. They will also tackle questions you have around pornography, emotional abuse, submission, boundaries, and identifying destructive patterns in relationships, causing so many of us to feel crazy and paralyzed by relational dysfunctions.


Join us for six weekly episodes, starting October 20, 2022.

Related Resources:
- Subscribe today on Apple Podcasts or Spotify to make sure you never miss an episode!
- Stay connected with Lysa TerKeurst, Jim Cress and Dr. Joel Muddamalle on Instagram.

- Proverbs 31 Ministries reaches women in the middle of their busy days through free devotions, podcasts, speaking events, conferences, resources, online Bible studies, and training in the call to write, speak and lead others. Learn more by visiting our website!

2022-10-12
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S1 E12 | Mile Markers of Healing

In the middle of painful circumstances you?re walking through, how do you know if you're moving toward healing?

There is hope, friend.

In this episode of Therapy & Theology, Lysa TerKeurst, Dr. Joel Muddamalle and licensed counselor Jim Cress will help you:

Walk through a biblical framework of the healing process so you can be infused with hope for your own personal journey. Disempower the lie that the life you?re living right now is the full story, and remember that with God there's always something more true, lovely and good to be found. Find comfort in your longing to feel like your old self again, as Lysa, Jim and Joel bear witness to the hurts you?ve faced.

Helpful Links:

Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom.  Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E11 | Moving Through the Impact of Trauma

When you?ve experienced something heartbreaking or even devastating, it?s easy to question if you?re on your way to healing.

Is it normal to feel this way? How do I stop hurting? Is this going to hurt forever? Maybe you?re even wondering: Is what I?m feeling a sign of trauma?

When this is happening, how can we move forward after we?ve experienced significant trauma?

With theological research and therapeutic insight, Lysa TerKeurst, Dr. Joel Muddamalle and licensed counselor Jim Cress will help you:

Define what trauma is so you can better understand how it may be impacting your daily life in unexpected ways. Develop a strategy for recognizing and processing triggers so you aren't caught off guard when they come at you. Walk through a step-by-step process to free yourself from the hurt of your past and begin experiencing true healing today.

Helpful Links:

Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode. 
2022-08-29
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S1 E10 | Dealing With Anxiety

When hurtful circumstances happen, we wonder, ?How will I ever get over this?? Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands that feeling. Since the release of her book ?It?s Not Supposed to Be This Way,? she?s received hundreds of emails, direct messages on social media and inquiries from people asking her how she got through one of the hardest seasons of her life.

The goal of the Therapy & Theology podcast is to meet you in the middle of your hurt and give you biblical answers on how to move through it. In this episode, you?ll hear a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst and her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Theological Research Dr. Joel Muddamalle. Together they will unpack depression and anxiety, helping you identify triggers and learn how to combat anxiety in a healthy way.

 

After listening, you?ll learn how to ?

Overcome the feeling that you?ll never get over the hurt you?re facing, and recognize small steps you can take to get through the hurt, little by little. Replace the negative stigma of ?therapy? by gaining a healthy, biblical view of counseling for your situation. Find hope in the midst of devastating circumstances by seeking restoration for yourself through prayer and proven exercises to help you process your pain.

A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the links below if you need help finding a counselor.

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E9 | How To Have Healthy Conversations

Our words frame our reality. The words we use are strong indicators of our personal emotional health, the health of our relationships, and whether or not we will go the distance with those relationships. By carefully watching our words, we can see relational differences as growth opportunities that bring us together instead of tearing us apart.

Colossians 4:6 (NIV) says, ?Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.? This same verse is paraphrased in The Message Bible like this: ?Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.? In this episode of Therapy & Theology, Lysa TerKeurst, Dr. Joel Muddamalle and licensed counselor Jim Cress discuss the framework needed for any healthy conversation.

After listening to this conversation, you will be equipped to ?

Discover the framework for healthy conversations by learning words to avoid and better scripts to use. Discern when to have important conversations without the other person shutting down or getting defensive. Make progress with points of contention in your relationship that you?ve previously felt stuck in knowing how to resolve.

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E8 | Good Boundaries Lead to Better Relationships

We can love people ? but we can?t change them. So what can we do? Draw necessary, healthy boundaries. It may feel overwhelming or even unloving at times, but what if boundaries are the unlikely thing needed to help your most difficult relationships?

In this episode, Lysa TerKeurst, Dr. Joel Muddamalle and licensed counselor Jim Cress help you ?

Overcome the frustrating cycle of ineffective boundary-setting with realistic scripts and practical strategies to help you communicate, keep and implement healthier patterns. Discern what types of boundaries you may need in your relationships so you can live in the peace you really long for. Be encouraged as you find boundaries aren't just a good idea ? they're a God idea.

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E7 | Relational Realities With a Narcissist

In this episode of Therapy & Theology, you?ll hear Lysa TerKeurst; her personal, licensed counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Theological Research Dr. Joel Muddamalle unpack the topic of narcissism. 

Listen in as Lysa, Jim and Joel discuss how to have a confrontational conversation with a narcissist ? without being too confrontational. As a reminder, these episodes are not to victimize a person who struggles with narcissism but rather to shed light on this very real and often overlooked topic in the Christian world.

 

After listening, you will ...

Be reminded that God is the only One who can handle worship from man, and we cannot label or define Him based on what He does or doesn?t do on our behalf. Learn that compassion and healthy boundaries are necessary if you are in a marriage, family or working relationship with a narcissist.  Understand how to have a constructive conversation with a person who has narcissistic tendencies, and know when it?s time to set stronger boundaries or even end the relationship.

A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: The content in this podcast covers the topic of narcissism. 

Narcissism is a personality disorder that requires a medical diagnosis. Proverbs 31 Ministries does not condone labeling another person with a personality disorder. Please see the links below if you need help finding a counselor.

 

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E6 | Narcissism ... What It Is and What It Isn?t

?Narcissism.? It?s a word that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? And how does it affect your life? 

So ? what do we do if we?re in a relationship with a narcissist? And how is narcissism different than a personal struggle with selfishness? And what does selfishness teach us about our own need for God, even if we don?t struggle with narcissism? 

 

In this episode of Therapy & Theology, we'll unpack narcissism through a conversation between Lysa TerKeurst; her personal, licensed counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Theological Research Dr. Joel Muddamalle. 

 

After listening, you will ?

Understand the medically defined character traits of a narcissist as well as the difference between narcissism and selfishness. Discover that the desire of a narcissist ? to receive admiration and praise and to control others ? is a human need that we all struggle with on some level and that only Jesus can truly fulfill.  Learn that compassion and healthy boundaries are necessary if you are in a marriage, family or working relationship with a narcissist.

A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: The content in this podcast covers the topic of narcissism. 

Narcissism is a personality disorder that requires a medical diagnosis. Proverbs 31 Ministries does not condone labeling another person with a personality disorder. Please see the links below if you need help finding a counselor.

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E5 | The Signs, Symptoms and Cures of Emotional Immaturity

If you want to become a doctor, you go to medical school. If you want to become a lawyer, you go to law school. But the truth is, no one sends us to school to become emotionally mature. 

However, if we want our relationships to be healthy and fruitful, emotional maturity is actually a key component we must be committed to work on continually in our lives. 

 

Simply put, emotional maturity is emotional sobriety. It is living in such a way that our emotions are not swept up in traumas, triggers, coping mechanisms, addictions and more.

 

In this episode of Therapy & Theology, Lysa TerKeurst; her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Theological Research Dr. Joel Muddamalle talk about the signs, symptoms and cures for emotional immaturity and how we can ?Be alert and of sober mind? (1 Peter 5:8) to really experience the fulfillment found in healthy relationships, secured in emotional maturity. 

 

After listening to this episode, you will be equipped to:

Apply healthy coping mechanisms in your reactions and responses when your emotions get hijacked by past or present trauma. Learn the secret to experiencing the peace of Christ every single day by clothing yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Embrace the freeing truth and encouragement that a journey of growing in emotional maturity is not marked by perfection but by progress.

Friend, we pray this conversation blesses you with encouragement and practical wisdom wherever you are in your journey today!

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode. Here?s a list of some signs of emotional maturity or sobriety mentioned in this episode: Be committed to healthy habits, not unhealthy coping mechanisms. Operate in self-awareness, owning your stuff and taking responsibility for your actions without saying ?but you ?? and blaming. Express empathy. Admit your mistakes and confess them. Steer clear of judgment. Practice and enforce healthy boundaries. Seek first to understand before you?re understood; say, ?Help me understand ?? 
2022-08-29
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S1 E4 | What?s Really Motivating Your Love?

When our earthly experiences with love have left us feeling unprotected, uncertain and ultimately unloved, it?s tempting not to want to risk trusting anyone again.

And all too often, our view of love and God?s love for us is tainted by the people who have failed us. But God doesn?t want us to stay stuck in our places of hurt. He wants to heal us and help us move forward so we can experience not only the depth of His love for us but also the power of life-giving, healthy relationships with other people, fostered in an environment of authentic love both given and received.

 

In this episode of Therapy & Theology, Lysa TerKeurst; her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress; and Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Theological Research Dr. Joel Muddamalle tackle some of the most important questions surrounding love and our motivations behind love, including:

How can you love the Lord with your heart, soul and mind? How can you really love your neighbor as yourself? What is motivating your love? And what is that motivation revealing? Where is what you love ultimately leading you? How would you define love?

After this conversation, you will be equipped to:

Understand what biblical love is, and what it isn?t, by discerning the difference between kindness and enabling. Know what to do if you feel stuck in an unhealthy relationship, and learn the safest outlets you can take your most important questions to, including trusted friends, a pastor or a Christian counselor.

Like Jim Cress says, ?true love connects and communes.? So, friend, we pray this conversation leaves you feeling more loved by God and more equipped to pursue healthy, loving relationships with others.

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E3 | Stop the Shame Scripts Holding You Back

All of us have facts that make up the stories of who we are. But we?re not just the sum total of these facts. There?s also the impact from these facts, which lives with us beyond the occurrence of the devastation, abuse or pain that happened to us. And in the middle of that impact, chances are there are some Shame Scripts holding us hostage from living in the freedom God so desires for us.

A Shame Script can simply be defined as a faulty belief or perception of self, others and/or God. Shame Scripts back us into isolation, making us imprisoned by lies, like ?
 
You are unwanted.
You are an inconvenience.
No one really cares about you.
If you?re not performing or achieving something, you don?t have value.
You?re just not good enough.

In this episode of Therapy & Theology, Lysa TerKeurst, Jim Cress and Joel Muddamalle dive into how Shame Scripts reveal themselves personally in their lives, and this episode also discusses practical tips and tools for how we can find our way out of the shame caving us in.
 
After listening, you will be equipped to:

Live true to your most healed, healthy, whole, holy, surrendered-to-God self and not the version of yourself that?s haunted and held back by shame. Replace scripts of shame with words of life by uncovering the truth, found in Genesis, of how God really made us and what He made us for. We pray this conversation blesses you, friend!

A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the links below if you need help finding a counselor.

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E2 | Good Guilt vs. Destructive Shame

Chances are, we all have been plagued by one of the heaviest, silent battles one can fight: shame. The enemy wants us to believe this lie: We are isolated and stuck in carrying the weight of our sin and ultimately our own shame. But Jesus paved the way for us to live in freedom beyond the destructive weight and narrative that shame begs us to believe and live by.

In this episode of Therapy & Theology, Lysa TerKeurst dives deep into some of her own personal testimony and into conversation surrounding ?Good Guilt Vs. Destructive Shame? with her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Theological Research Dr. Joel Muddamalle.

 

By listening to this episode, you will ?

Learn the distinct differences between shame, guilt, conviction and condemnation and be equipped with tools to combat the specific lies associated with each of them. Overcome feeling disconnected and isolated, and learn how to utilize healthy guilt that actually leads to healthy connection with God and others. Stop feeling alone in your shame struggle, and apply practical tools and scripts for life-giving conversations that birth compassion, empathy and vulnerability with others.


Friend, God already sees you. He is ready for you to turn to Him, even in the weight of the shame you may feel. We pray this episode blesses you!

A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the links below if you need help finding a counselor.

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Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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S1 E1 | The Daily Cure for a Heavy Heart

When we?ve been deeply hurt, whether by someone or by circumstances outside of our control, we often wonder if forgiveness is even possible. What if they never say they?re sorry? What if things will never feel ?normal? again? Lysa TerKeurst has wrestled with these same questions.

In this episode, you will hear from Lysa as well as Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Theological Research Dr. Joel Muddamalle and Jim Cress, Lysa?s personal, licensed professional counselor. They'll equip you to ?

Reconsider the misconceptions you've always believed about the forgiveness process, and discover seven truths ? about what forgiveness is and isn't ? that may surprise you.  Let go of any bitterness holding you back from offering forgiveness to those who hurt you, and understand the necessity of daily confession. Find hope in the losses that are unchangeable, or that feel unforgivable, by trusting in the character of God, even when you don?t understand what has been allowed by God.  Recognize what codependency is and how it may be keeping you from setting the appropriate boundaries you need to ensure that you and your relationships are healthy.

A note from Proverbs 31 Ministries: This podcast contains content that might not be suitable for young children and may serve as a trigger due to circumstances in your past. Please see the links below if you need help finding a counselor.

Helpful Links:

Want more wisdom as you navigate hard relationship dynamics? Find practical next steps, powerful scriptures and timely guidance on how to set realistic, healthy boundaries in Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. In the pages of this book, Lysa's personal counselor, Jim Cress, also provides therapeutic insight surrounding the topic of boundaries, helping you confidently apply what you read. Preorder the Proverbs 31-exclusive version here. Ready to take a personal next step in finding a Christian counselor? The American Association of Christian Counselors is a great place to find the right fit for you and your circumstances. Has the Therapy & Theology podcast helped you personally gain a fresh, biblical perspective for what you?re facing? Tell us about it by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. When you review and rate the podcast, it helps us reach even more people with biblical Truth and therapeutic wisdom. Click here to view the transcript for this episode.
2022-08-29
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Season 1 Trailer

Have you ever looked at a situation you?re facing in utter disbelief and thought, ?How will I ever get over this??

Lysa TerKeurst understands. But after several years of extreme heartbreak and emotional trauma, she's realized it?s not about just getting over hard circumstances. She's had to learn how to work through what she has walked through. 

 

And she wants to help you do the same.

 

That?s why Lysa teamed up with her personal, licensed professional counselor, Jim Cress, and Director of Theological Research at Proverbs 31 Ministries Dr. Joel Muddamalle to bring you Therapy & Theology.

 

After listening to an episode, you will be equipped to experience hope in the midst of devastating circumstances through practical and proven exercises to help you process your pain.           

 

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Proverbs 31 Ministries reaches women in the middle of their busy days through free devotions, podcasts, speaking events, conferences, resources, online Bible studies, and training in the call to write, speak and lead others. Learn more by visiting our website! Stay connected with Lysa TerKeurst, Jim Cress and Dr. Joel Muddamalle on Instagram. Visit the Proverbs 31 Ministries bookstore to browse books and Bible studies written by Lysa TerKeurst.  Subscribe to the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast Insider to be the first to find out the latest on Therapy & Theology. 
2022-08-25
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