“You make known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence…” Psalm 16:11

Repairing the walls and closing the gaps

While reading my Bible the other morning, I was reminded of a principle that applies to us today as we make changes in our lives. In chapter 4 of the book of Nehemiah, it tells how they faced opposition when the walls were repaired and the gaps were filled: So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the {Read More}

1,000 Memories

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When grieving the loss of a loved one, it is very helpful to become the historian and celebrate their life by writing about it.  One way to do this is by compiling a list of 1,000 memories.  There’s nothing magical about the number 1,000, but by the time you get to 1,000, you will probably have a fairly complete picture of the person and all of the key things that are significant for you to remember. This can be as {Read More}

Wife of the year

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Wouldn’t we all love to wear the title:  Wife of the Year. Be honest with yourself.  If your husband were to describe you, would he use those words? Does your husband know that he is your number one priority?  Your number one human relationship?  —–over your children, parents, best friend, or even a brother or sister.  Ouch.  Reflecting on that can really step on your toes. I will admit that I am not always wife of the year (even though {Read More}

Maximizing your everyday moments

I had the wonderful privilege and blessing of spending 4 days last week in Nashville for the American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC) World Conference.  One of the workshops I attended was led by Dr. Greg Smalley and it focused on enhancing your relationships through the everyday interactions you already have.  I’d like to share those principles, so this material is based on his teaching. We’re all so busy and it’s hard to find the time or energy to really {Read More}

The puzzle of life

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This is an excerpt of the book I am writing and the material I am working on for a conference I am developing.  I’d love to share it with you. Are you a puzzle person? Have you ever worked a jigsaw puzzle? If so, how did it feel when you first opened the box and saw all of the pieces? Was it exciting? Overwhelming? Did you feel as if you would never be able to figure it out and wonder {Read More}

The Ideal Marriage

Do you have an ideal marriage? What do you base your answer on? What does the ideal marriage look like to you?  What do you envision? How would you describe it? What roles would each spouse fill? What needs would be met? How much time would be spent together?  How would that time be spent? What would communication look like? What about intimacy? One of the problems we often fall into when we think “ideal anything” is that we go {Read More}

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