I have a treat for those of you with children and grandchildren in your life. My friend Karen Whiting’s new book just released. I want you to be among the first to know. Because Karen packs so many creative ideas into each lesson, there is something to fit every family’s needs. Karen has provided a link below so you can enjoy a free sample of this fun and informative resource.
Are you ready to move from running-on-empty to spent-and-content, investing your life in soul-satisfying ways? My friends Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory, co-authors of Exhale, gently walk us through a process of losing who we’re not and loving who we are so that we can live our one life well. Today, they help us avoid the exhaustion of trying to be “All Things to All People” by discerning the fine line between helping and meddling.
Daniel was in the midst of making blueberry pancakes when I decided to make an apple crisp.
I brought out the Granny Smith apples, my fancy peeler, a lemon, and the grater … all the while keeping one eye on what my husband was doing.
You know, in case he needed my help.
And boy, did he ever!
He’s adding Bisquick to blueberry muffin mix? You can’t do that!Continue Reading
“How can I trust you when you continue to lie to me?”
Have you ever had such a conversation? For example, the spouse, reconciling with an erring mate, wants to trust, but can s/he? Mistrust smears gray over a relationship that used to glow with cheerful color. If only you could trust and bring back the joy.
If you’ve forgiven someone, but can’t trust him or her, you’re not alone. Forgiveness and trust are separate issues.If you’ve forgiven someone, but can’t trust him or her, you’re not alone. Forgiveness and trust are separate issues. #trust Click To Tweet
Forgiveness is between us and God. The culprit doesn’t have to change for us to forgive. Trust, on the other hand, requires change (Proverb 25:19). Here are some tips to guide you.
If you weren’t already in a relationship with this person, with your current knowledge, would you trust them? Would you encourage your children to hang out with someone of their character?Continue Reading
You forgave, but they never apologized or changed. How do you treat them going forward? How do you handle someone you’ve forgiven but don’t trust? What do you do when you want a healthy relationship, but they don’t?
When we think someone is wrong, we want to help them see the light, change their ways—and stop hurting us! We prefer handling someone else to corralling our own impulses and strong emotions. But God didn’t give us the power to transform them. The Holy Spirit produces self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).
We only frustrate ourselves when we focus on changing someone else. It is better to accept responsibility for what we can manage—ourselves.
We’ve worked our way through the process of forgiveness by spelling FREEDOM. The M in FREEDOM stands for: Manage yourself.Continue Reading