According to Psychology Today, the way to deal with a difficult, aka "toxic" person, is to "limit your time with this person or end the relationship—and don’t look back." Is there someone in your life that you would like to be done with, and then never look back? You can find justification for this attitude… Continue reading Are Some People Really Toxic?
Are you ever too hard on yourself? When confronted with our failures or weaknesses, we can feel like we're not good enough, not measuring up. I struggle with this sometimes, especially when I have been too harsh with my middle school students. Why can't I be more patient? When we're too hard on ourselves, we… Continue reading Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
In a busy, loud, and stressful world, where we live by notes and to-do lists, phone messages and electronic calendars, and where racing thoughts are accepted as normal, God wants us to stop and take time to listen to His voice. For me, that has meant quieting my mind, and that's not easy to do.… Continue reading Quieting Our Minds to Listen
I used to be a "News Junkie". I kept my TV on cable news for hours each day - Not any more! Every news channel spins the news to fit their agenda. Information is "leaked" to make political opponents look bad. Neither side tells the whole story. So I quit watching. I can't fix politics,… Continue reading Illegal Immigrants: What To Do
“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.” – Corrie Ten Boom Imagine Jesus going with you out the door every morning. Wherever you're… Continue reading How To Have a Powerful Ministry (No Matter Where It Is)
Whether I feel defeated or victorious, strong or weak, praying God's Word is always effective. I wrote the following prayer so that I could remember to acknowledge God's promises when I pray, regardless of how I feel. Lord, I pray that you will send your workers into ______’s life to plant the seed and water… Continue reading How to Pray Effectively For an Unbeliever … When You Don’t Know What to Say