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Relationships

When Setting Healthy Boundaries Feels Hard

God-honoring boundaries lead to increased health. Without them, people begin to hide, trust shatters, emotional intimacy decreases if not dies altogether, and isolation grows. When my daughter was younger, one of her friendships turned unhealthy and caused her considerable and consistent pain. She began justifying the poor behavior, telling herself the behavior didn’t, or perhaps… Continue reading When Setting Healthy Boundaries Feels Hard

Forgiveness

When Love Feels Hard — Guest Blogger

What happens when we’re called to forgive our enemy? Surely some acts, even some people, are unforgiveable, right? Carolyn was the last person I wanted to forgive. The event I experienced because of her was so traumatic I’d blocked it from my mind for thirteen years. I met Carolyn at a public pool when I… Continue reading When Love Feels Hard — Guest Blogger

Hope and Love

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas… What does that even mean? As a child, this phrasing meant a swirly, whispering wind that traveled through the air, passing the lit-up Christmas trees with gorgeously wrapped presents beneath them, or past stockings hung on a mantle over a crackling fire, or through a kitchen full of savory and sweet… Continue reading The Spirit of Christmas

Relationships, Showing love

Breaking the Anger Cycle

Banana bread wafts from the kitchen. My three kids’ bellies are pleasantly full of the warm treat as the sun quiets its rays through sheer curtains. The smell of fall fills our home with hope for the new season.  A piercing scream interrupts the sweet silence. My youngest child’s pounding feet shake the floor as… Continue reading Breaking the Anger Cycle