Monthly Archives: January 2016

Speech, The Burden is on You

That begins to create a divide in our “word set”. So perhaps I need to remind myself that the task of communication begins with the one speaking being sensitive to the ability of the one hearing to understand it. Continue reading

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Handling Caustic Family Conflict

A question was asked about how to handle re-occuring extended family conflict. In a shortened form, one family lives close by and gets along well with the parents, the other sibling’s family lives at a distance and does not. Family squabbles … Continue reading

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Communion Between Two Souls

Communication is far more than speaking loudly, demanding your own way, or defending your old positions. Communication is about a communion between two souls. Continue reading

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Chill, Just Chill

When I am focused on myself and my own hurts, I stop looking are the impact of my harsh words or recklessness. I excuse myself by saying, “I can’t help it” or “I just couldn’t take it anymore.” Continue reading

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Slick Streets and Grouchy People

I’ve noticed how weather impacts mood for many folks, myself included. This morning the streets are treacherous, the weather cold, and the mood runs quickly to complaining. I urge caution in all three. Be careful where you drive, how you … Continue reading

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A Walk Toward God

Who walks with you on your journey toward God? Who leads you and who follows? Those are important questions. We don’t race to God by ourselves. It is the delusional person who believes they are not influenced by others. We … Continue reading

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Living By a Calendar?

Last night I sat with my calendar again in a group of folks, trying to find a time for another get together. As those involved scanned dates and reflected on opportunities and responsibilities, we were all committed to finding a … Continue reading

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Dealing with Disappointment

What do we do when those we love or trust prove to have a fault? It is an important question because everyone is flawed. Scripture indicates that we are a fallen people, with susceptibility to various flaws. Relationship problems arise … Continue reading

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Trusting Without Understanding

There appears to be a significant disconnect for many followers of Jesus, between their profession of faith and trying to live it out. Anger, rebellion, revenge, and lust often drives behavior far more than the direction of Jesus. “Turn the … Continue reading

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My Rightful Place

It took me longer this morning to complete my devotional and meditation period. God had some lessons to teach me, lessons I needed desperately but really didn’t want to learn. I won’t go into specifics, but I’ve been holding a … Continue reading

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