52019Mar
Positively Telling Yourself the Truth

Positively Telling Yourself the Truth

A few years ago, something was taken from me that I loved. I have suffered with digestive issues for much of my adult life, on and off. If I experience much stress, apparently my weak point is my stomach. Anyway, I began to suffer an extra measure of pain, nausea, and other unpleasant symptoms that…

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262019Feb
Transforming Our Weaknesses into Strengths

Transforming Our Weaknesses into Strengths

Paul wrote many letters that we can now read in our Bibles, each containing great insight into his life and the lives of those he wrote to. He is a dramatic example of how one can truly be changed by God’s grace through trusting Christ. I recently had a conversation with some friends about Paul…

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52019Feb
All Apologies

All Apologies

The other day at work, I was not in a good mood. Often, when my mood is in the dumps, I spew sarcasm. Sometimes, others laugh at my responses to annoyances around me. However, many times these comments can be hurtful. In this particular case, after I had made one of my notorious comments, I…

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222019Jan
All the Right Answers

All the Right Answers

One of the biggest stressors I encountered when I first started counseling was feeling pressure to have answers for people. Clients would come in with problems, often major ones, and tell me their story. Sometimes I had difficulty even listening to them well because I was constantly trying to think of what I should say….

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12019Jan
Grace, Faith, and Our Destiny

Grace, Faith, and Our Destiny

As we set out in this new year, many of us ready to engage in new and/or revitalized goals, may we do so with the most important foundation. It is by Grace through Faith that we will discover and live out of who God created us to be (Ephesians 2:8-10). Our destiny is to mature…

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42018Dec
Everyday Repentance and Forgiveness in Relationships

Everyday Repentance and Forgiveness in Relationships

We (Neil and Melissa) will be doing a joint post today. The first part will be written from Neil’s perspective, and the second part will be from Melissa’s. We will conclude with some joint thoughts.   From Neil’s perspective:  Mornings have become a hectic time for me. With age, I’ve had to add a couple…

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202018Nov
What Do You See?

What Do You See?

In the picture attached to this post, there are actually three very different things one might notice when looking at it. What do you see? In life, we encounter situations in which we believe very strongly that we know all we need to know about what’s going on. We are surprised when others have a…

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232018Oct
One Thing after Another

One Thing after Another

Sometimes in life we experience a series of events that feel like a beating. We are hit with one difficult circumstance, and before we can recover we are hit with another. It feels like one thing after another. Often, a sense of hopelessness sets in. We become angry. Anxiety increases as we anticipate the next…

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22018Oct
The Matrix

The Matrix

A couple of years ago, I was watching a video in which Bruce McNicol (of Trueface) discussed what he called “The Matrix”. His words hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized I often live in a matrix when it comes to the concept of God’s grace. I do not think I am alone. Too…

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252018Sep
Hiding in Plain View

Hiding in Plain View

I’ve written quite a bit about hiding our true selves from others. I do it for several reasons. One of those reasons is how hiddenness prevents us from enjoying and getting close to each other. A sinister thing about hiding is that you can do it in plain view of others. We can go to…

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