Tag Archives: relationships
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 […]
In the past, there were days I was under the illusion that I was Wonder Woman. If I could reasonably fit nine things on my to-do list, I would add five more. I would out of bed, start running, and I don’t stop until I hit the […]
There was a time in my young life when I believed I could recognize true love because it was always characterized by exhilarating emotions. Therefore, the absence of fuzzy feelings meant I was in the wrong relationship. Deep down I feared the diminishing of the […]
Sometimes singles will do just about anything to get close to someone they find interesting, intriguing or just plain irresistible. One single woman I know drives through Starbucks daily to get her dose of caffeine. One morning as she approached the speaker to order, she […]
As part of my goal to discover what Scripture teaches about true forgiveness, I once read Luke 6:28 in which Jesus says, “. . . bless those who curse you and pray for those who mistreat you.” I looked up the word “bless” in my […]
When a person fails to love the way God desires, they may not have recognized this great flaw in their character because it was hidden behind blame: blame as they made copious mental notes about the shortcomings of their beloved. And these shortcomings have led […]
Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe.” In the original Hebrew language, the word “snare” is the word mokashe, and it means “trap.” No one wants to fall into […]
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