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ISSUES DISCUSSED AT GLORIOUS HOPE

Glorious Hope deals with a wide range of issues and concerns and not just what others perceive as a basket case. From low self-esteem to addiction and effects of abuse, Glorious Hope has seen people overcome their hurts, habits, and hang ups as they chose healing in Jesus and continued to live a life the GH way.

To give you an overview of some of the issues we talk about at Glorious Hope, below is a list of the matters discussed during small group discussions.

1. Alcoholism

  • repeated urge, beyond control, to be drunk or intoxicated with alcohol

2. Anger

  • a normal and healthy emotional response that may turn destructive and lead to problems when not controlled

3. Codependency

  • the fallacy to control interior feelings (of safety, self-worth, and identity) by controlling people, things, and events on the outside
  • seeks to please people to protect the self
  • a codependent is one who has allowed another person’s behavior to affect him or her and is obsessed with controlling that person’s behavior

4. Compulsive Debting

  • compulsive spending that do not satisfy real needs
  • holding back payment of bills and debts even when there is money to pay for these
  • neglect some creditors or simply ignore debts for some time hoping these would somehow get paid miraculously

5. Depression

  • feeling of sadness lasting for 2 weeks or longer that affects one’s ability to perform usual tasks and activities of daily living
  • affects the mind, but doesn’t mean “it’s all in your head”
  • can be a medical illness linked to changes in the biochemistry of the brain

6. Drug Addiction

  • chronic tendency to use chemical substance to alter states of body or mind for purposes other than medically warranted

7. Eating Disorder (Anorexia or Bulimia)

  • about using control as a substitute for self-esteem
  • holding the belief that, “If I control myself and my circumstances, then I’ll be acceptable”
  • people with eating disorders equate their worth with their weight, clothing size, or shape and are usually dissatisfied with their body

8. Effects of Abuse

  • difficulty to accept that someone they love has hurt them
  • survivors assumed responsibility for the abuse – even thinking that something was wrong in them that caused the abuse
  • when someone grows up with abuse in a home but don’t call it such so as not to anger the powerful person responsible
  • core feelings that were born in the environment of abuse strangle the victim’s emotional and developmental growth

9. Family Dysfunction

  • any circumstance that interferes with healthy family functioning
  • where there is physical or emotional absence of any of the three elements of a family unit (father, mother, child/children)
  • when conflict, misbehavior, and abuse take place on a continuing basis causing family members to think it is normal

10. Food Addiction

  • turning to food to ease pain or fear
  • thinking that “food is safe” when in fact it has been the “drug of choice”
  • feeling out of control, he/she may struggle with many other areas in his/her life

11. Gambling

  • voluntarily risking money or valuables (making a wager or placing a stake) on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event
  • hoping to win while paying a price to win a prize in which the outcome depends partially or totally upon chance or one’s ability to do something

12. Grief

  • normal process of reacting to a loss, affliction, intense sorrow, or deep mental anguish
  • loss may be physical (such as death), social (such as divorce or misfortune), or occupational (such as job loss)
  • emotional reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and despair
  • physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, physical problems, or illness
  • five stages that a grieving person goes through: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance

13. Homosexuality

  • learned behavior that is influenced by a number of factors such as a disrupted family life in early years, lack of unconditional love on the part of either parent, failure to identify with the same-sex parent
  • brought about by a multitude of root causes

14. Internet Addiction

  • when the virtual world of chat rooms and games has replaced work, friends, family, and sleep
  • when the internet has become a destructive force that causes potential disruption in the lives of those who cannot resist its lure of round-the-clock social opportunities, entertainment, and information
  • cause the same social problems like those of established addictions

15. Love Addiction

  • characterized by desperate hope and seemingly unending fears of rejection, pain, and familiar experiences
  • looks at love as all-consuming and obsessive, inhibited, avoids risk or change
  • manipulative, lacks true intimacy, strikes deals
  • causes dependence and parasitism
  • demands the loved one’s devotion

16. Sexual Addiction

  • addiction to masturbation, pornography (printed or electronic), or a relationship that has progressed to increasingly dangerous behaviors over the years
  • leads to acting out (may be flirting, searching the internet for pornography, or driving to the park)
  • when acting out happens, denial of feelings usually follow despair and shame or a feeling of hopelessness and confusion

17. Unresolved Guilt and Shame

  • when the guilt and shame of the past leaves you feeling incompetent, not good enough, damaged goods, dirty, stupid, ugly, worthless, bad, disgusting, weak, undeserving, inadequate, and unworthy of being loved
  • when people have learned to lie to cover up who they believe they really are
  • when people act in ways that either prove or disprove their shame

18. Workaholism

  • compulsion or obsession with work to the point of neglecting family, relationships, health, or the simple pleasures of life

Regardless of the issue you are trying to overcome, Glorious Hope offers a safe place where you can be honest about what you think and how you feel. It is a place where a lot of people have found comfort as God uses the same people who were once confused, hurting, and seeking the same comfort that they now freely give.


Where your life’s journey will lead you depends on the decisions you make today.


If you have any other questions about the program, you can reach us at +63 (2) 866 9985 or email us at info.glorioushope@gmail.com.

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