Tag Archives: God

True Forgiveness

My wife likes to encourage me. After I write a blog she sends me a note telling me that she thought it was good…and tells me where the typos are!  A couple blogs ago she sent me her regular note, which I appreciate very much, and suggested a new topic. “I’d like to see you […]

The Unhappiest Time of Year

The holiday season is in full gear and for most people the holidays are a time of family, feasts, and fun. But for a small group of people the holidays aren’t so joyous. For a variety of reasons the holiday season can be quite depressing, reminding people of traumas, loneliness, and loss.  I want to […]

Self Esteem

Scripture tells us that we are to love others as we do ourselves. There’s only one problem with that for a lot of people – they don’t actually love themselves. The one common factor I see when I talk with people is a significant dose of low self-esteem. In many cases it’s no self-esteem. I […]

Funtionally Dysfunctional

When I was growing up all I wanted to be was normal. With my dad in and out of jail and my mother paralyzed by Multiple Sclerosis and living in a nursing home my life was anything but normal. I always felt self-conscious around others, doing my best to put on a front of “normal” […]

Trust

If you’re like me just saying the word reminds you of all the times people broke your trust and you start to raise your shields to defend yourself from whatever comes after that word! I want to talk about trust today, but I want to do it with our defense mechanisms turned off so we […]

Self-Talk

Yes it’s true; I talk to myself. My wife gives me a hard time because I’ll be in the shower or just sitting around talking quietly to myself about stuff. Sometimes it’s practicing something I’ll say to someone, making sure my responses are appropriate. Other times I’m just chewing on a problem. I think that […]

God’s Timing

I turned 49 years old last week and I have to say that I’m not crazy about getting older. But there has been one advantage that I greatly appreciate – as I age I have a better understanding of and greater appreciation for God’s timing. Intellectually we know that God’s timing is perfect, but emotionally […]

A Thorn in Your Side

I spend a lot of time talking about how God can heal brokenness in people’s lives. Heck I wrote an entire book on it! But there is one part of the book that is perhaps the most difficult to accept and that’s when God decides not to heal you for reasons only He knows and […]

The Job Dilemma

I’ve had my first Blog request! This from a friend of mine today: Do you take requests? Blog topic: The Book of Job. I was listening to NPR today and they were talking about people’s search for meaning across time and circumstance in this old testament book. It got me to thinking what YOU would […]

Don’t Worry Be Happy!

I used to worry a lot. Given the dysfunction of my family there was a lot to worry about, such as would we have a place to live today? Would we eat tonight? Would there be electricity when I get home from school? Did the cops come pick up dad and haul him off to […]