Today kicks off the traditional “Love” month. Although this particular love is celebrated in our relationships with our spouses or significant others, love is meant to be flowing in all our healthy relationships. This includes: Our family ties... Our friend ships ... Our church bonds... Our work connections... It is expected that some of these … Continue reading Eliminating Strife in Relationships
Labels serve a purpose in our lives. That is when they are on products and not people. Product labels are supposed to give facts and warnings so that consumers can make an informed decision about selecting important items such as foods and medications. But there are other labels that are harmful. Labels that intentionally seek … Continue reading Love Overrides Labels
How excited are you about a New Year? No. I mean really? If you are among the millions that could not wait to replace your calendar, you probably have already set your goals for the year, declared resolutions, and have been enthusiastically working towards making this year better than ever! Does this sound like you? … Continue reading New Beginning in an Unexpected Place
Recently, there has been an overwhelming out-pour of women publicly exposing their sexual abusers. This abuse has been in the form of harassment, abuse of power and rape. These allegations themselves are not astonishing news to the American people. Over the years, women and even men have been taking brave and risky steps to be … Continue reading Breaking the Code of Sexual Abuse
Congratulations! You survived preparing a great Thanksgiving meal, entertaining wonderful and even wacky loved ones, and the madness of Black Friday which has now become 'Black Thursday'. And the hoopla continues today on Cyber Monday. If you are like me, you graciously resisted the in-store shopping and peacefully surfed for online deals. By the way, … Continue reading Being Thankful After Thanksgiving
Happiness is something that I believe everyone wants to experience. Does any one actually seek to live a life full of sadness? There are people who become accustomed to unpleasant emotions that they naturally expect to feel a particularly way. I have been one of them. And at some point in your life, you probably … Continue reading What Determines Your Happiness?
October is Clergy Appreciation Month. During this month, many congregations acknowledge their pastors and ministers that provide them with spiritual leadership and support. This appreciation is deemed worthy because faithfully committed clergy have an important role that is packed with heavy responsibilities in the lives of those in their churches, communities and families. But do … Continue reading Ministers Silently Suffer from Mental Illnesses
“This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit” (Lamentations 1:16, NIV). Have you ever experienced a storm that shattered your life in away that you had never experienced before? Things were so broken and chaotic that you could not … Continue reading Castaway After a Storm
We have heard the clichés. We are familiar with the omens. And after you glanced at your calendar this morning there was probably a feeling of anxiety that tried to overwhelm you. Heck, I even know some people who stayed at home today because they feared something bad would happen! Stop the madness in your … Continue reading Friday 13th Doesn’t Mean Bad Luck!
Did you know we are held captive by our own thoughts? Did you know that we allow external noise to hold us hostage? Both situations can be either positive or negative. David confessed to God that “My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy,” (Psalm 55:2b-3a, NIV). Our thoughts … Continue reading What Voice is Speaking to You?