Tag Archives: relationships
I am married to a man who believes an adventurous, full life begins with three letters: Y-E-S. So he likes to live by the motto, “Say yes more than you say no.” “Wanna ride bikes through the mud?” “Yes!” “How about taking a slow boat […]
Do you have one prayer you’ve repeatedly lifted up over the years? If so, I can relate. Numerous times I’ve begged, “Lord, please teach me how to love!” Those who know me well, know I have a lot to learn about love. I’m grateful that […]
Sometimes we make life with God so incredibly complicated. And when we complicate it, we may be tempted to argue and wrangle about issues that aren’t big issues. We bicker about if we should raise our hands during worship or if we’re going to be […]
I recently heard some great advice: Emotions are like children. It’s okay to let them ride in the car with you, but don’t let them in the driver’s seat. Oh! What if we always remembered to judge between emotions that will lead us down a […]
In 2011 NBC News aired a story about an unemployed man who was mining for gold and diamonds on a busy sidewalk outside a handful of prominent Manhattan jewelry stores. The news showed him peering into a crack in the sidewalk while holding a magnifying […]
I enjoy social media because it’s a great way for me to keep in touch with family and friends. I like perusing the pictures they post and reading their reflections online. But sometimes social media is also grievous. Because—as perhaps you have also realized—there are […]
When I first wanted to start a writing and speaking ministry, an acquaintance of mine adamantly insisted that I would be out of God’s will. He quoted 1 Timothy 2:12, and said women were not allowed to even talk in church. This man loved the […]
When I met my husband, we did what a lot of couples do when they are getting acquainted—we shared stories. We shared stories about our families, where we grew up, and about our relationships. Because I was single until I was forty-six, my list of […]
There is something healing about walking a pen or pencil slowly across a page. This is one main reason I love to journal. Years ago, when I was grieving the loss of a dear friend, I wrote the following letter to myself during a quiet […]
One Christmas when I visited my family in Idaho for Christmas and two days before I was scheduled to board a flight to head back to my home in Georgia, I received a call from a friend. During our conversation he asked, “Is there anything you […]
There are times in all of our lives when we stand at the crossroads of love and self-protection. We can choose self-sacrifice and selflessness or selfishness and comfort. At these times, love requires great courage. These crossroads can come during relational conflict, when health problems […]
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I like sharing “yahoo” messages that encourage. I don’t mean those from yahoo.com. I mean ones such as: You are loved by God! Yahoo! God will give you courage! Yahoo! You are loved in spite of your imperfections! Yahooooo! But every once in a […]
Lately I have been thinking about how many of us, present company included, sometimes have “train trouble.” What I’m referring to is a concept a friend of mine explained several years ago. While we talked, he laid three cards in front of me: one had […]
For most of my adult life I ate standing over the kitchen sink. I slept alone, cuddled up with a heating pad when I was cold, and prayed when I needed someone with a truck. But on September 6th last year, all that changed when I finally […]
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