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Chewing Gum, Shootings, and Volcanic Relationships

Chewing gum in school was once-upon-a-time-crime. Now, shooting classmates is the rage. Statistics can be manipulated to favor one’s political agenda however it’s obvious, any way we look at it, we have massive problems rushing over our land like toxic...

That Breaks Their Hearts

Saddened preschoolers stand around Henry and wail, “That breaks my heart.” Maybe you’re familiar with the Montessori method of teaching. Their slogan is an education that transforms lives. Montessori classrooms nurture a warm supportive community wherein...

Wish I Didn’t Refuse that Invitation

I am used to walking alone and enjoy it, but I was delighted when my friend Sue wanted to walk with me. Living a mile and a half apart on a quiet road, we decided it would be perfect to meet half way then continue walking together. Sue got a head start on me, so we...

Love Listens Best

Many people like to talk. Few people like to listen. ~ But, Love Listens Best. To listen well you must enter conversation looking for ways to give love, not for ways to get love. You must be genuinely interested in offering her a safe place where she can be heard,...
How to gain inward strength and wholeness

How to gain inward strength and wholeness

God has created you for relationship But, not at the cost of your own soul.   Stuffing your vulnerable and weak feelings you begin suppressing your emotions. Staying strong to keep your tears from ever spilling you begin neglecting your needs, minimizing your wishes,...
Being Heard Makes You Feel Strong

Being Heard Makes You Feel Strong

Ever want someone to just listen to you and not give advice? Being heard makes you feel strong. Like you can finally hear your own thoughts, and make better sense of what you want your attitude to be, or understand what you must do next. Once in a while you want to...
How to move from Fear & Pretense to Joy & Honesty

How to move from Fear & Pretense to Joy & Honesty

First fear arrives, then lures me into pretend mode. These make-believe thoughts hurry me on to build fences for my protection.   Do you ever believe you are not talented enough . . .                 not good enough, fast enough, likeable enough, kind enough, not even...
Double Mindedness

Double Mindedness

Double Mindedness is a Deadly Defense Mechanism We Develop to Avoid Pain   It is easy to become double-minded without realizing it. How many times have you engaged in a familiar activity where you didn’t need to think? For some things, it doesn’t matter too much....

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