142016Nov
Rip Currents

Rip Currents

It’s official. I have an ulcer. This is not the first time this has happened. Stomach issues have been sort of a recurring thing for me throughout the years. It’s a sign of me being overloaded with stress and allowing the circumstances of life to overwhelm me. Sometimes I do this to myself, allowing too much…

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202016Oct
Maximum Effort

Maximum Effort

One of my favorite hobbies is weightlifting. I enjoy setting and breaking goals in the different lifts that I perform. For instance, I may set a goal for benching a certain weight once. Other times, I might see how many times I can squat a certain weight. Although my goals vary in some ways, one thing remains the same….

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52016Oct
Why Did I Experience Burnout?

Why Did I Experience Burnout?

Three years ago, I left full-time counseling. There was more than one reason that led to my decision. For one thing, I was experiencing burnout. My love for counseling others had not changed at all. I deeply loved and enjoyed working with people who came to me for counsel (and I still do). However, something…

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302016Sep
Why Working on Our Sin is a Bad Idea

Why Working on Our Sin is a Bad Idea

Romans 7 starts out with verses (verses 1-3) that I’ve only ever been taught and at times read as rules.  They are not usually put with the verses that follow (verses 4-6) and tell the beautiful story of grace in how Christ died and left us free to marry this new life through his resurrection. We are reminded several times in the chapter that…

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202016Sep
Just Be Yourself

Just Be Yourself

I love the movie Braveheart. One of my favorite scenes occurs right before William Wallace picks a fight with the English who are oppressing the Scottish people. Just prior to Wallace taking off to speak with the English, some of his men ask him what they should do. His response is this: “Just be yourselves”. He trusts…

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162016Sep
Fellowship with God through Others

Fellowship with God through Others

I often struggle with viewing my relationship with God as completely separate from my relationships with others and something that I have to have “right” before having a true relationship with others. God has been showing me differently. One way my relationship with God is manifested is through my relationship with others. Sometimes I look…

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92016Sep
Conflict with Others

Conflict with Others

Recently, Melissa and I had what many of us Christians refer to as a “disagreement”. For those of us that are in the mood to be more honest…Melissa and I had an argument. This one was short-lived, and there is a good reason for it not going on longer…which I will get to later in this post. But,…

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22016Sep
Experiencing God in Our Relationships

Experiencing God in Our Relationships

Walking alongside someone as they experience grace is not only for them but also for you.  My husband, Neil, and I have been married for over 19 years so obviously we’ve been through a lot together.  We’ve shared many things but the way we have shared life together has changed over time.  There are times…

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252016Aug
Good Cop, Bad Cop Relationships

Good Cop, Bad Cop Relationships

How many of you, as a child, had a preferred parent to go to when you wanted something? Many of us have asked our mother for something, hoping she would convince our father, or we have asked our father, hoping he could get our mother to agree to it. And now, as parents, many of us know the…

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192016Aug
Right Here, Right Now

Right Here, Right Now

“Choosing” by Alli Rogers I guess I need to choose But today I am confused and losing ground Is this part of some plan? The rise and fall of man? I can’t be sure When I’m away from my source of peace Something fills that space in me And it feels like I don’t need…

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