When Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way You Planned

Are you in need of some hope? It’s Holy Week, and there is no greater time to consider how faith in God might infuse your life with hope, especially when life doesn’t seem to be going according to your plan. My faith has certainly done that...

How the Diet You’re On Could Kill You

I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. I was sitting in one of my graduate program classes, working on obtaining my master’s degree in mental health counseling, and this statistic...

Is Comparison Stealing Your Joy?

Comparison. None of us can escape it. Unless you live under a rock. Our current culture sets us up for it, and we dive right into comparison, every time we hop on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or whatever the favored social media spot is. I know I can be having a...

Three Ways to Keep Christmas Spirit Alive All Year Long

The big day is over. Now what? If you’re like me, you spend so much time planning, preparing, and priming to make Christmas special for everyone you love, that you feel a little let down once the calendar flips past December 25. I still have a refrigerator full of...

Are You Emotionally Constipated?

There’s a story about an elderly man who became very depressed after the loss of his wife. Every day, a mother and her young boy would see this man, their neighbor, sitting on his front porch, just staring sadly into nowhere. For weeks, they witnessed concerned...

Easier Doesn’t Mean Better

The Pacific Northwest offers some amazing hiking. This past summer, when the June gloom that Seattle is known for began to burn off, and the sun made its official initial summer-has-begun appearance right after the fourth of July, my husband and I began discussing...

What Man’s Best Friend and God Have in Common

I don’t know who coined the phrase, “a dog is man’s best friend”, but whomever did, knew what they were talking about. For as long as I can remember, from the cradle through adulthood, I have always had a dog in my life. When we lost one, it wasn’t long before we...

The Bus Driver

It was the end of a long day of an even longer work week. A week that had been filled with travel to another state that included a packed schedule of meetings, events, and responsibilities. I was tired. All I wanted to do was get to the airport so I could get home to...

What’s the Big Deal? They’re Just Words!

A brick is just a brick. It is not good. It is not bad. It just is. What you choose to do with a brick can change someone’s life forever. If you choose to throw that brick through someone’s living room window, it could strike someone, and seriously injure them. If you...