Parent Happiness

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For many of the parents out there reading this, you know that once a couple’ brings home a baby, there time together is never the same. Despite the fact that children bring immense joy, endless amounts of fun and unconditional love, two-thirds of couples describe the quality of their relationship drops within the first three…

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Encouraging Others

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It’s interesting in life how much what we say can affect another human being. This is true for both the joy we bring to others, as well as the sadness we can bring toward others through negativity or the complete absence of uplifting words. It’s always interesting what you can learn from someone by asking…

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Self Injury

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Self-injury has become a new phenomenon that has really challenged today’s society as we know it. Our teens are especially at risk, with research showing rates of self-injury as high as 24% amongst high school students. Unfortunately, the internet has in many ways added to the sensationalizing of this epidemic and has introduced the idea…

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Listen To Your Body

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Our 6 year-old daughter Gabriella sometimes makes the most insightful observations. The other day she said, “Mom when I feel grumpy or tired, all the ‘good stuff’ just goes away. It’s like I can’t remember all the ways I know I am supposed to behave.” Wow, don’t we all struggle with that sometimes, even as…

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Stop Changing Other People and Begin To Change You

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I have recently noticed that when I listen to people sharing about what’s wrong in their lives, it appears that they look deep within to describe what’s wrong, but then the focus so often becomes what someone else needs to be doing differently so that they can then feel better. Have you ever looked within…

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God Is Always With Us

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Life can be scary and unpredictable at times. We plan our day, we plan our week, we even plan the hours within our day. It’s amazing to me how much life can change at the drop of a dime. You are on your way home from work, focused on all the things you have planned…

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Dealing With Difficult Relationships

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Is there a relationship you find very difficult to deal with? Someone whom every time you interact with, you are left feeling like your peace has gone? We have all faced at one time or another a challenging relationship. I have been privileged to work with all kinds of relationships and blessed with the chance…

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Knowing Each Other

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Do you ever wonder what your partner or child is really thinking about? Who they really are and what they truly feel about their life? It’s amazing what you can learn when you stop to ask a few open ended questions. Communication is such a hot topic in if you were to research what makes…

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Thinking About Our Thinking

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I spoke to a woman today who was feeling frustrated by her irritability with her teenage daughter. She stated that no matter what her daughter did, she found herself snapping at her. I asked her to try to pause the very next time she was about to snap and ask herself, “What was just going…

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Storms of Life

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Have you ever pulled up a stream of texts from someone you haven’t spoken to in a while? What did your conversation look like at that time? How has your life changed since then? Are your worries today, the same as they were then? It’s amazing how God works in our life over time to…

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