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Toxic Grief


Perhaps you must accept that your expectation will not be met. Grief may result. Grieving is the process of adjusting your life because something is lost. As we adjust and reorganize our lives based on a loss, we may fall into toxic grief. Toxic grief results when we adjust our lives based on lies. Our choices are poisoned by the deception we accept as truth.


“Blessed are you who hunger now,
      for you will be satisfied.
      Blessed are you who weep now,
      for you will laugh.”

Luke 6:21 NIV


The downward spiral of toxic grief may resemble this scenario: “I lost my job; I have no way to support my family; I am worthless; we won’t have any food; our house will go into foreclosure; we will be on the streets at Christmastime; my life is over.”


God, I know you do not want me to be sad like other people who have no hope. I know You bless those who mourn. Please comfort me. . . .

1 Thess. 4:13, Matt. 5:4

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)

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