Navigating Relationship Stuckness

A Blogger-reader sent the following: “I was tracking with you until the idea of stuckness within a relationship, particularly an unresolved heated argument was described. I think that has hit a nerve. I do not see that tension changing with further communication. I believe bringing it up would just bring…

Identifying ‘Stuckness’

Have you ever felt stuck? You may be as surprised how often that common phenomenon bugs our world today.  Our focus today describing four varieties of stuckness begins with ‘physical stuckness’. We’ve all been stuck in traffic, weather-related stuckness, vehicle or airplane stuckness, or power outage stuckness. Situations beyond…

Understanding Entitlement and Personality Changes

The word Entitlement came up in a class as we discussed how easy it is to help someone to the point of enabling them to where they feel entitled to call all the shots and demand certain behavior from their caregivers. Then, one of the members said "The poor or…

Communication and Relationship Gems for 2020

As I pulled a book from our library a tattered piece of yellowed paper slipped to the floor. I retrieved it and briefly read the article from years ago discovering that the message spoke to me afresh. Immediately I thought of sharing it with you, my Blogger-Readers Family. The story…

Maybe Overwhelmed But Always Overshadowed

The idea for this blog resulted from a study-meeting with young women who also shared concerns for family and friends. Being overwhelmed is a common problem, especially at this time of the year. From them and others, I’ve compiled a mere list of 14 common frustrations. Check those that…

Season of Sacrificial Giving

As I inscribed a note to Sam on our Year-end-family newsletter reflecting about his gift to our family 53 years ago in 1966 when our children were 10, 9, 7 and 4, I was inspired to write Season of Sacrificial Giving. Some background: Jim was one year from finishing seminary…

Finding Tranquility In 2020

Hopefully last week’s blog on How To Get Along With Yourself paves the way to finding balance in your life. Before we get buried in Christmas activities, let’s get a jump on the benefits and bungles of New Year’s resolutions. Probably, many of you have attempted good…

How To Get Along With Yourself

Have you noticed things about yourself after Thanksgiving mingling that you like or dislike? An ENTP said:  Ever since I was a kid, I've always been different from other girls. I never played with baby dolls, never had interest in princesses, and especially never wore dresses. Even through my middle…

Satisfying Thanks-Living

“My husband, never thanks me for what I do!” Mona said tearfully, “But, He’s full of thanks for any one else who helps him with his computer or TV, gives a gift, card or makes a pie. I’ve waited on Andy hand and foot for over 50 years,…

The Joys of Connecting

A response to Joni’s last week's comment lends itself to another side of the importance of connecting.—“Some people place bars on their hearts to protect themselves, unfortunately the person (s) they try to keep out could be their greatest asset in helping to remove those bars on their…