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…

Can Education Ruin Your Mind?

“Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.” – Anna Freud. I am 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…

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.’…