I was not an avid reader as a child like Dad. He had numerous books going simultaneously. I was always amazed by the wide variety of subjects he read. I, on the other hand, had a difficult time even finishing a book. And there were many times I peeked ahead to find out how things … Continue reading Convinced
Let's get this out there-- some people are just plain difficult for me to love. I hate to admit it, but I have even prayed for them to "go away." And I have actually seen this flippant, callous prayer request seem to be "answered!" Yet, soon I find this person is replaced by another. I … Continue reading Loving Those in My Life Who Are Difficult to Love
Relationships can weather the most difficult of times, and then can also crumble and disappear in a fleeting moment. Why is that? Why do they have to be so challenging? Recently I had a "run in" with someone I have known for some time. I wanted to avoid them and the conflict-- wishing it away. … Continue reading Questions for Making Relationships Count
Extended family-time over the holiday can invite a whole host of emotions. From blessed to stressed, it can leave me thankful and happy to disappointed and frustrated. I can too easily give into the feelings of hurt or discouragement. I so want them to make me feel valued, loved and appreciated. When I don't feel this … Continue reading Three Things to Remember when Disappointed by Relationships
Do you ever wish you could just have a sign from heaven? We want signs to tell us what to do or to give us assurance in our faith. Or do you wish, like me, you had a sign to show others who are close to you who don't believe? Perhaps they believe in the … Continue reading Signs of Another World
If I could create one thing to have with my kids, it would be connection. It isn't that I lack the ability to connect with them, it's just that I value it more than ever. Maybe I am a bit sentimental right now, as my first child soon heads off to college. I find … Continue reading Four principles for creating connection with my kids
Why does loving those closest to us feel the most challenging at times? We want loving the roommate, the parent or spouse to be the easiest, right? Does it feel like a challenge for you today? It feels frustrating to me when the people I should love the best, I demonstrate a watered down form … Continue reading What do I do if those closest seem most difficult to love?
Something amazing was done for my family-- something we could not have done for ourselves. It came unsolicited, uninvited, yet God knew we needed it. We were given a week at a family camp. Even though, it could not have been easier for us to go-- no expense to our account, only an hour and a … Continue reading Four things my family needs for building cohesion