Staying connected to people who are different from us can be stressful! It is so much more comfortable to stay in circles of friends and family who see the world the way we do. How well we cope with differences actually has a lot to do with the family we grew up in. While we are, … [Read more...] about How to Stay Connected When You Don’t Agree
Rejection Hurts. There is no simpler way to put it. We all at some point in our lives faced a form of rejection to various degrees and causing pain and hurt in our lives. It especially hurts when it comes from people or things that we have invested so much time, energy, and … [Read more...] about How Do You Deal With Rejection?
We are halfway through the year. If you are like me, this is hard to believe. Time is both slow and fast, and the seasons have been out of the ordinary for quite a while. Many of us probably sat down in January and wrote out all of our well-intentioned efforts to make this year … [Read more...] about Halfway Through the Year
Contrasts I carefully place the clean wet brush, outlining the outer petals of the dandelion with a clear wash. Choosing a bright turquoise blue, I apply dots of pigment to this clear outline and color bursts forth creating a beautiful striking contrast. I overuse … [Read more...] about The Contrast of Life
I’d like to think that I’m a giant of faith, but the worrier in me knows better. The word ‘doubt’ isn’t supposed to enter a mature Christian’s mind, but it can, and it will, which may shake the foundation of a believer. Maybe the concept of doubt doesn’t seem like much of an … [Read more...] about When Doubt Creeps Into Your Faith
I recently finished a two-day grief conference. The whole program was excellent, but the most significant presentation for me was a talk about compassion fatigue given by Eric Gentry, PhD. Like many of my colleagues, I am seeing a tidal wave of people who are suffering. Most … [Read more...] about Recognizing and Reversing Compassion Fatigue