God asked Cain. Cain was the eldest son of Adam and Eve. You probably have heard of them even if you don’t read the Bible or believe in God. I think it’s common knowledge that he committed the first act of murder in history. But the interesting thing is that God tried to help him … More “Why Are You Angry”
Ever feel like smashing something? I certainly have. And I have smashed, slammed, thrown and torn up things. Sometimes our pain lashes out in rage. Whether it’s with words or objects, towards others or ourselves, destruction is never a healthy answer to our distress. But how do I stop? In the book of Romans, Paul … More The Third “D” Word
Confession here… Often, especially these days when there is so much pain in the world and even in my own life, I feel troubled in spirit. Even though I trust God and know that he’s in complete control of my life, my circumstances and my future, I can still be grieved by situations. Someone’s actions … More When You’re Troubled in Spirit
No, I’m not talking about guns. (But fun picture, isn’t it?) Milan and Kay Yerkovich define a trigger as …a strong reactive feeling about something that is happening in the present, a feeling turbocharged by a hurt in the past.” Ever have one of those? Yeah, I thought so. It took me years to understand … More What Triggers You?
Anger is a secondary emotion. That what the workbook I use to lead women through a study on relationships says. The truth of that statement recently catapulted me into a season of discovering the source of my anger. And that what feels like anger isn’t always…well, anger. The inexplicable rage that builds like a volcano … More Why Are You Angry?
Ever question the choices you make? Do you wonder why you act the way you do? Or react in certain ways? Do you find yourself in the middle of a road rage moment, a fight with your spouse or yelling at your best friend and question how you got there? Like, what just happened? I’m … More Feel Like Your Life is in the Gutter?
How many of us really know who we are? Most of us have been shaped by words spoken to us in anger or impatience or from another person’s broken perspective. Who of us didn’t have some kid or kids at school tell us we were stupid, lame, ugly, fat or unwanted for some reason. I … More Who ARE You?
God forgives us. Now, He asks us to forgive others. But you don’t know what they’ve done!” Acted foolishly? Lashed out because they are in pain? Stubbornly chosen their own way? Haven’t I done the same? God reveals to us what we have done that needs repentance and forgiveness, and lavishes love and grace … More How Do I Forgive?? – Part 2
Last week we looked at repentance and forgiveness. I shared how God showed me every detail of things I had done that needed His forgiveness which led me to godly sorrow. And how God has already forgiven us so all we need to do is acknowledge our need. But what about me forgiving? I’ve found … More How Do I Forgive??
Addiction comes in many forms. Typically, when we say “addiction” we think of alcohol, drugs or maybe gambling. But we can have addictions to shopping, eating, not eating, reading, television, gaming, Facebook, checking emails, surfing the internet, magazines, exercise, pornography, sports, scrap-booking or sex. Anything that grabs our attention, pulls us into a place of … More Living with an Addict