Is God at Work?

Lately God’s impressed upon me one important aspect of His M.O. (“mode of operation”—yes, I know … I watch too many crime shows and know the lingo all too well!) God is busy at work in our lives, but very often He is busy in the … Unseen, spiritual realm. Remembering this has encouraged me, […]

Extending Grace to Extended Family

by tinaxduzgen With the Thanksgiving holiday just next week, my mind has wandered toward the many “extended family” messes that often erupt this time of year. I have to say that I’m so grateful to have in-laws who have blessed me and not tested me when the holidays have rolled around. Unfortunately, I do remember […]

Give Your Spouse a Little Kick

Over a year ago my husband (Gary) and I began a commitment to pray together each day and I wrote about it and challenged my blog readers. You can read about it here. Since that time, my husband and I have made praying together a habit. Sure, we miss a day or two now and […]

Father Issues, God Issues, Husband Issues

Let me just say upfront … I have father issues. Of course, that translates into issues with “men” as well, which might explain the title of this blog! But the fact is that my father issues create another drawback … my father issues affect my relationship with God.   I’ve done Bible studies, read books […]

Changing My Mind

I’ve been challenged in my thinking lately due to a book I’ve been reading and have referred to in many past posts, Forgiving and Reconciling by Everett Worthington. (Yes, I’m still reading it … and rereading it.) Silly me, I thought that I was simply going to learn about forgiveness and reconciliation from this book—a […]

A Small Tweak that Can Improve Your Marriage – Guaranteed!

About 30 days ago, I made a commitment with my husband to pray each day together. I have to admit that we didn’t quite make our goal. We probably missed about 5 or 6 times over the past month. But that actually turned out to be a good thing, because I noticed on the days […]

Taking a Sacred Marital Pause?

I’ve often heard the old saying, “the family that prays together stays together” and I’ve always believed that to be true. But my hubs, Gary, and I have found it to be something of a hard habit to keep in place within our marriage. Sure, as a family we always pray before we chow down. […]

3 Steps to Breaking a Vicious Cycle

Have you ever been in a vicious cycle?  I certainly have! Let’s say that you were betrayed by a past relationship. That person lied to you time after time and finally cheated on you. You learned from that experience to be suspicious, even cynical about new and existing relationships. In carrying that cynicism with you […]