Relationships take work. Hard work. It almost doesn't matter what kind of relationship: friendship, romantic, parent-child, co-workers. Each of these relationships involve work. Though, maybe none so much as those of the family. And, this is especially true of Romantic-spousal relationships. Through the years, I have read a ton of books/articles on relationships. Dating to … Continue reading Books to Read: Relationship Edition
"You look tired." Honestly, it's unfortunate the number of times this has been said to me in the past 6 weeks or so... Those around me aren't intending to be rude or anything like that. But, it's shocking to hear over and over. See, relationships are reflections for us. They show us what's going on … Continue reading Relationships Reflect
Man, I really need to get into this writing every day groove...and I know I will. Tonight, I got to spend time with my fella. But, he lives in that weird middle distance away from me, so he had to make the 2 hour trip home. I can't wait til there's no distance. After he … Continue reading What I’ve Learned
I missed a day already... It's ok, though, I press on. It's been kind of a rough week, but it has given me a chance to strengthen relationships with others around me. When God created people in the garden long ago & said we weren't meant to be alone, it wasn't just about romantic relationships. … Continue reading Reflecting Him
The title of the article captured me: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection... What an interesting thought. I haven't had time to read the article, but I intend to. Especially now, following the events of Sunday night. Just as hate cannot coexist with love. And after an event like this, we can't help but wonder, where was … Continue reading Where was Love?
I've read several articles about "functional" anxiety and depression...though, by definition, anxiety and depression impair functioning... However, in today's world, we recognize we still have to somehow live our lives... When people picture anxiety and depression, they often imagine the extremes. We picture that commercial where depression is the robe that never leaves us. Or we … Continue reading A Rose by Any Other Name…
"Nothing catches God off guard" While catching up on daily work for the Women's Bible study I'm in, this captured me. Something I've heard a million & one times before. But, tonight, I think I needed a reminder. NOTHING catches God off guard - - not even my heartache He's known it all from the beginning. So, … Continue reading He’s Loving Me Through It All
In the field I work in, it is estimated that up to 67% of us experience high levels of burnout...something we can experience at any time in our careers, not just the later years. Combine my drive with perfection and my world-view that tells me to put everyone else above myself: I am a prime … Continue reading It’s a Process
I'm sitting at my computer, looking at colleges to apply as an adjunct professor for psychology...and I'm terrified... I feel unqualified & inexperienced... But, I know it is part of my calling, part of my desire, and teaching is something that makes me come alive... Why do steps of faith leave us in such terror? … Continue reading Step of Faith
for me, summer is not a good time of year. It brings out the worst in me, and the hotter it is, the worse I get.