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Stress and Writing and Release
Stress and writing and release are connected by a process that can benefit all of us as I've discovered in my writing life. It’s been ten years since I began to seriously consider becoming a writer. It’s true, I have always written and am also a chronic doodler. A lot of us find we need something to do with our hands. From a young age, my hands...
The Challenge to Speak Boldly Against Evil
Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you,” Acts 18:9 One year ago, this is a portion of what I wrote when asked to contribute to a leadership blog: It’s mid-April, sheltered alone in my home for four weeks now, my creativity has dwindled to the point of paralysis. Seated in front of my computer screen by seven...
We Must Learn to Be… Content
As I look back over my life, I see a pattern of yearning, waiting, struggling, learning, and submitting to God’s will, to finally arrive at the threshold of acceptance and step into contentment.
Believe the Behavior… It Is Intentional
It is sometimes hard to recognize or believe there is intent behind the hurtful behaviors of a person close to us. This story will show you what I mean: We were married less than a year when I decided to host a birthday dinner for Alec. I moved into his home after our wedding, not only did it have a fabulous gourmet kitchen, the dining room and...
The Pursuit of Excellence
I will try to remember… to adjust my expectations to fit within the scope of my own unique blend of gifts and abilities.
Being Unheard Is Unacceptable
When we are systematically not heard in a significant relationship, it is intentional. It is a form of oppression…
A Personal Note: Living the Last Chapter Well and Without Fear
His life was defined by hard work and his love for and devotion to my mother. He was fiercely dedicated to providing for my brother and me as we grew up. It’s the way he loved us.
Becoming the Point of Your Own Life
Transition from Beside the Point to Becoming the Point of Your Own Life Think Labrador Retriever. Wide-eyed, faithful, forgiving and loyal, until… He insisted on my presence at every meeting with attorneys, each deposition and appearance in court. I believed he needed me, my steadfast love and support. My demeanor was calm and quiet. When...
Surprised by Contentment
It is true when I think about it, I am surprised by contentment. It is not what I considered in my decision to live here. My reasons were strictly practical, proximity to where my dad lives in a residential care home and budget constraints. Six months have passed since moving day… I am drawn to the light outside – beyond the living room window,...
Why Healing of Old Wounds Will Bless & Protect Your Life
The healing of old wounds is not optional but essential to protect our lives from undesireable consequences.
It’s true we shouldn’t dwell in the past and rehearse the hurts and injustices we’ve suffered, or our regrets and shame. It’s also true that unless we have dealt properly with a shattering experience of the past, faced the pain and processed it in a healthy way, the unhealed wounds will inflict further injury.