How Education Almost Ruined My Mind

“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training”  (Anna Freud). I’m 10 years old and really excited. I’m in fourth grade and it’s field trip day. Our class is going to visit the Super Computer! Now this is a fancy machine with a program that will tell you what you’re…

This is One Thing That Could Be Drowning out God’s Voice

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25). The fear of man has tripped me up in more ways than I can count. One of the biggest problems it’s caused me is a lot of confusion and difficulty in making decisions. When I…

Have You Given Yourself Permission to Love?

I frequently ask God to help me love people better, including myself. I desired the kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13:5. One that’s not “self-seeking,” or “easily angered.” One that doesn’t ‘keep score.’ I learned it wasn’t possible until I gave myself permission: Permission to care about my feelings, to choose my relationships,…

Are You Afraid to get Your Shoes Muddy?

I came across an article in Forbes called  “Want the things you’ve never had? Then do the things you’ve never done.“ Reading a book instead of watching TV, or working out instead of eating Twinkies were just a few examples. Typically, I work out so I can eat more Twinkies, but that’s an entirely separate…

Insomnia

I’ve struggled with insomnia ever since I can remember. When I was younger I would kick, scream, and sob as night crept into morning. Desperation would begin to consume me as the time between rest and work became shorter and shorter, then I would yell at God for cursing me with this dreaded problem. Then…

Psychology Tests and More

I was doing some research this weekend and got sidetracked for several hours taking those little psychology quizzes (one of my favorite time wasters). Are You Co-dependent is a fun one. After quiz number five it became clear that I was indeed a textbook case. Of course I had to take three similar quizzes just…

Childhood Friendships – Remember When?

A friend I’ve known since I was a baby sent me birthday present in the mail. It’s a ‘Flashlight Friend.’ He’s a little stuffed dog with a button near his heart. At night when you’re scared, you push him and he lights up. While examining this gift my husband remarked: “This is such a strange…

How To Find a Date Worth Keeping

Before I met my husband a friend invites me to a seminar called “How to Find a Date Worth Keeping” hosted by well-known psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud. I don’t really want to go and I think to myself: “I’m educated, I have a minor in psychology and I don’t really need advice from the ‘experts.’…