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A time to say “No!”

Sarah came to counseling astonished that it has taken her fifty years to finally learn how to say “No.” “I’ve always put everyone else first,” she said. “Now I see that I’ve only enabled my husband’s selfishness to flourish.” One of my relatives recently shared a similar story. At 74 years old, she wired up her…

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The value of words, what to do with a million a year?

The choice of words make a huge difference. What we say to our kids, our spouse, our boss, our friends and standing in line, the words we use are so powerful. Sometimes we say words that shouldn’t be said. Sometimes we omit words that need to be said. In James 3, we find that words can change the course of life. no man can tame the tongue,…

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How to initiate a difficult conversation

John and Cindy frequently argued about how to handle their finances. John bought the latest electronic gadgets. Cindy clipped coupons and shopped second hand stores. As retirement loomed, Cindy’s anxiety about their financial future grew. Every time she tried to talk with John about saving more money however, he became defensive…

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Are you guilty of verbal assault?

“Reckless words pierce like a sword.” Proverbs 12:18  “With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor” Proverbs 11:9 “The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21 Growing up we all heard the nursery rhyme, “sticks and stones will break our bones but words will never hurt us.” It is a lie. The wounds…

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Encouraging words make a difference

Have you ever known someone who believed in you, someone who frequently spoke words of encouragement and praise? The kind of person who made you feel you could do it, whatever “it” was? That’s the kind of person God wants us to be. Paul gave a good guideline when he wrote that everything we say should build up the…

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Get rid of it

Like many of you, I’m simplifying my life. I’m getting rid of stuff I don’t need, don’t use, can’t take care of or don’t want. Recently I ran across an old letter I’d saved, written by my mother. Throughout my entire life, we had an emotionally destructive relationship. Even as an adult, as a Christian and as a professional…

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Being truly humble

Ever been hit by the Humblebrag? That’s where someone is complaining about something while, intentionally or unintentionally, actually pointing out how good they really have it. If your friend tells you, “My daughter is just so stressed and busy because of all her duties as Prom Queen,” that’s a humblebrag.…

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Vet etiquette

Are there things to say, or perhaps, not say to your veterinarian?  Apparently, yes.  I have two dogs and both are due for a routine check up.  Interestingly and ironically, I stumbled across an article concerning proper etiquette when it comes to interaction with your vet.  Read up… as you prepare to take your precious

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