Friday, December 06, 2013
This week, I attended the funeral of my neighbor who, at 64 years of age, was working in his yard and suddenly and unexpectedly died. I wished him Happy Thanksgiving before I left to visit family and a few hours later he collapsed in his yard. I will never see or speak to him again. His wife never saw it coming. Now, she faces the holidays without her husband of 40 years. So sad. She is not alone. So many people deal with loss during the holidays.
Friday, November 22, 2013
When Robert came home from work, he found his wife sitting in a chair crying. She was hurt by something that happened on the phone talking to her mother-in-law about holiday plans. Robert’s mother insisted they come to her house for the big dinner. “I think it would be better for everyone if I hosted the dinner.” Renee hung up the phone frustrated. No matter what she said or did, her mother-in-law managed to put her down or criticize her. “Your mother doesn’t like me, and I don’t know why?”
Friday, November 08, 2013
When we have been hurt, wronged, treated unfairly or even abused, our natural response it to seek revenge or want to hurt the person back. But Jesus was radical when he talked to us about how we are to respond to someone who offends or hurts us. And psychology has finally caught up to the benefits of choosing to forgive. Here are 10 reasons why forgiveness is so important...
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Relationships that work are about two people who are in tune with each other. In other words, they know the inner world of the other and respond to their bids for attention. This attunement has to do with your emotional intelligence. How well do you measure up? Check your emotional intelligence by answering these 10 questions YES or NO.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Ann was on an eating binge. It wasn’t because she was a compulsive eater or had an eating disorder. Ann was an emotional eater like so many of us. Her eating was triggered because her boyfriend, Rob, decided to break it off. Ann was in the midst of grieving, but was not allowing that process to happen. She was medicating with food.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A number of years ago, I had back surgery. Before the surgery, I prayed and believed God could heal me. The night before the surgery, I had no pain and was convinced God had done a miracle. I was rejoicing, but woke up the next morning in excruciating pain and needed the surgery. It was a success and I had my healing. Looking back at the night free of pain, I believe God gave me the rest I needed to go through that procedure. My healing was no less a miracle than if God had touched my back immed
Thursday, October 10, 2013
As I was dusting my piano the other day, I thought about how much I hated to practice as a child. Yes, all three kids in my family were forced to take piano lessons. None of us liked the idea or wanted to practice. I hated the 30 minutes of boring scales and sections of classical music that took forever to learn. I could be playing, out with friends and doing something useful with my life!
Friday, October 04, 2013
You are at a party, turn around and your spouse has a lamp shade on his head and is doing an impression. Or maybe, you are visiting friends and he tells an off color joke. How about the time she revealed something intimate about your sex life to your boss? Embarrassing? Yes it is; and it's one of the ways conflict can come about in a relationship.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Yesterday, I was in the grocery store and the tabloids were headlining the secret love child of yet another celebrity. While we tend to expect this from celebrities, secrets are a problem for any couple. The question asked is if it is a good idea to reveal those secrets to your spouse.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Social media outlets have been ablaze with buzz about the gross and shocking “performance” of Miley Cyrus on MTV’s Video Music Awards. I watched and was deeply saddened.