Jealousy-Envy

When asked “Where do you get your ideas?” I respond with “From personal reading and study, clients, and conversations with friends and family.” At this point, I left my computer to answer the door for a friend who brought me a belated birthday gift, a small spiral note book—Scripture…

Realignment

Alignment didn’t mean anything special to me until Jim and I married. We graduated from Moody Bible Institute on Friday night and were married the next morning at 11 a.m. in the backyard of the professor who officiated. He and his wife even hosted my mom and me…

Intriguing Impulses

Common distractions divert our focus--as simple as petting a kitty or walking a dog—and our attention is completely divested from what we set out to do; happens to everyone in various degrees. Some structured people attempt unsuccessfully to avoid urges, but spontaneous folk just lean back and enjoy the…

Diplomacy

“Last night I blocked my sibs on line who were finding fault with any who disagreed with them. I just could not stand the arguments and disagreements that our family was having over our different church affiliations and opposite political sides. We were yelling at and criticizing each other. Our…

Contentment

I have lots of regrets, but life would have been boring without them. God got me through, so I could eventually have peace. J I chuckled as I read J’s email and decided you might also need a good laugh and a positive outlook regarding acknowledging and dumping painful…

Regrets—Friend or Foe?

A friend asked if I’d consider doing a blog on regrets and sent the following: I've really been wondering about regrets and question if as Christians - should we have them?  And are regrets an emotion or can they just be a logical choice or decision?  If we do…

Integrity

“Killjoy describes you. We’ve gone to all this trouble to have fun! One time won’t hurt.” “Can’t you ever relax and let your hair down?” Have you been the object of these accusations? Or, has someone who promised to help you not only failed to follow through…

Details

The phrases--“Little foxes spoil the vines” and “the devil is in the details” grabbed my attention this week. Regarding the first one, an author wrote about a pilot who couldn’t fit his tea in the cupholder and turbulence spilled the contents into the control panel, shutting off an…

Grumpy

Writing blogs is fun for the extra connection with family and friends such as the following. After I answered an email from J regarding his comment on last week’s blog, I ended my response with, “By the way, next week's blog is “Grumpy”. That's all I have. Just the…

Replenishing Friendships

‘Those are rich who have true friends’ an old saying that our mom quoted often, is so true. The importance of friendships ranks right up there with purpose, safety, and health for young and old. People generally have a few good friends, but by and large over a lifetime, most…