Relationship resolution

This time of year brings the hope of new beginnings, fresh starts, and yes—the New Year’s resolution. For most of us, the resolution is easy to make. We’re quite clear about those things that need our attention. There are those that fall into the “start” category: eating more healthfully, exercising regularly, or keeping…


How to stop making Christmas happen for everyone

The holidays can sometimes make you feel angry, hurt and tired. Often times, it seems like you’re the only one doing all the preparations for making the holiday a nice one. If it weren’t for you, there’d be no tree, no presents, no cookies, and no Christmas dinner. Maybe it’s not only the holidays that make you feel this way.…


The risks of early dating

“Boys and girls who start dating at a young age may have more school and behavioral problems than their peers,” suggests a study to be published in the December issue of the Journal of Adolescence. Early Daters were defined as kids who began dating at approximately 11 ½ years of age. That would be the average age of a 6th grader.…

Do you know how to ask for what you want or need?

In my last blog I talked about a woman who wanted to get her friend to stop commenting to her about her parenting style but she feared offending her friend and losing the friendship. Sometimes it can be tricky to express our feelings and needs wisely. One of most useful skills we can learn when we want to know how to express our feelings…


Five things you can do to help someone that has been abused

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Did you know that one in four women report some sort of abuse in her most intimate relationships? We’ve all been in situations where we have a gut feeling something isn’t quite right or someone has disclosed something to us and we’re not sure what to do. Sometimes we respond by…


Remembering Kelly

Our hearts are heavy this Fall Share as we have lost a great friend of Life 101.9.  We just learned a few days ago that Kelly Liddell (LID dell) went home to be with the Lord after a car accident took her life on August 10th. Todd and Kelly have been day partners of this ministry and they were planning on being here with us this week as phone…


Hello, my name is Lauren and I’m a hugger

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a hugger!  To me, hugs make things a lot better!  They break down walls that we have put up and help us heal! One Scenario: You married?  I know you can relate… For instance, you might walk in the door after work and you already did 50 things wrong!  Sure you don’t know that…


Finding your “soul mate”

When it comes to marriage is there truth to the idea you see everywhere today that you must find your “soul mate”? While a lot of fun to talk about, I think when we ask that question it relegates finding the right person to finding the right lottery ticket. When in fact marriage isn’t like that at all. I think a better way…


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