192019Feb
Fitting In Verses Belonging

Fitting In Verses Belonging

Think back to your first day of high school.  The night before you are full of emotions.  You are excited but there’s a layer of fear that you just can’t shake.  You call your friends up to see what they are wearing for the big day.  You wished you had asked that just out of…

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122019Feb
Living Small and Curious

Living Small and Curious

What do the words small and curious mean to you? These two words can mean different things.  Recently I have read several different things where those words popped up. Small and curious.  These two words have stuck with me. At times we tend to focus on trying to make everything big, planned and figured out. …

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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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82019Jan
The Question I Bring Into 2019

The Question I Bring Into 2019

It is now 2019!  A new year.  This can mean different things to different people.  Some like to look ahead, set goals and make plans.  Some like to reflect on the year that just closed its door.  I have chosen the latter.  In doing so, a pile of emotions has been poured out and I…

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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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272018Nov
What Truly is at the Heart of Fixing

What Truly is at the Heart of Fixing

My name is Melissa and I am a fixer…..  My son, Michael, can attest to that.  He has definitely been affected by my fixing behavior.  Michael is full of life and energy.  There have been several times, in his younger years especially, when I tried to fix him. I tried to get him to be…

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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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132018Nov
Guest Post – Vulnerability vs Transparency

Guest Post – Vulnerability vs Transparency

Today we are sharing a guest post from our friends at Trueface.  This is from their new 365 day devotional that will be released next month.  Their idea with this book is to present one idea per day: keeping it simple so it can be profoundly applicable.  You can find out more and preorder the devotional at www.trueface.org….

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