Not Easily Offended

Years ago there was a Bible study entitled, “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby where he indicated that a disciple of the Lord is not easily offended.

When you examine the lives of authentic Christians who have walked with the Lord for many years, they literally seem Christ-like.  They are easy-going, kind, thoughtful, servant-like, and not easily offended.  Dallas Willard, Billy Graham, Henry Blackaby, Tim Clinton and so many more are examples of mature Christians.

Mature Christians may have a sense of righteous indignation from time to time when they see a wrong and sinful action committed.  But righteous indignation is not the […]

John Gottman’s Love Maps Questions – Enhance Your Friendship

Excerpt from The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, Principle 1 — Enhance Your Love Maps, pp. 50-51.

 

 

By giving honest answers to the following questions, you will get a sense of the quality of your current love maps.  For the most accurate reading of how your marriage is doing on this first principle, both of you should complete the following.   Read each statement and write T for “true” or F for “false” by each number.  Then add up the number of T’s when you are finished.

 

  1. I can name my partner’s best friends
  2. I can tell you what stresses my partner is currently […]

You Can’t Force Maturity

It is perpetually difficult to be patient with the level of maturity (or lack of maturity) of the people who are in our lives:  spouses, friends, children/adult children, church family, bosses, co-workers, etc.  As a relationship coach and a licensed professional counselor (LA & TX), I hear people complain about how someone in their life, “just doesn’t get it.”

  • When will my adult child ever grow up?
  • I wish my husband would care more about ________.
  • My boyfriend always loses his temper over the silliest stuff!!!
  • My wife is such a complainer.  I wish she would just grow up!
  • There are countless other examples …

In […]

10 Ways to Assure Poor Mental Heath

One of life’s greatest goals is good mental health and a positive outlook.

The following is a list of 10 ways to guarantee a horrible life.

 

1.  Don’t believe in God.

  • Believe God is either a myth, a vending machine in the sky, a benevolent spiritual Santa Claus who will give you what you ask for.
  • Believe God is an etherial being who is obligated to save you at the eleventh hour of a tough situation.
  • Believe having a relationship with a “Heavenly Father” is for wimps who can’t cut it in a real world.

2. Believe everything depends solely upon you.

  • Believe everything in life is […]
By | November 20th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Healthy Living, Personal Development|0 Comments

Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow

There are two days in every week that we should not worry about.  Two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One is:  yesterday

  • With its mistakes and cares; its faults and  blunders; its aches and pains, YESTERDAY has passed and it is forever beyond our control.
  • All the money in the world cannot bring back YESTERDAY.
  • We cannot undo a single act performed
  • We cannot erase a single word said.
  • YESTERDAY IS GONE!!!

The other day is: tomorrow

  • Tomorrow with its impossible adversaries; its burdens; its hopeful promise and potential for poor performances has not yet come.
  • Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or […]
By | November 2nd, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Healthy Living, Personal Development, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Be Happier At Home (reprint)

10 Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home

Posted by: Kris Heap in Happiness, Stress December 7, 2012 2 Comments 2262 Views

10 steps to happy.jpgThis is a post I found at www.apartmenttherapy.com and I thought it was pretty insightful. Enjoy!

Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes […]

By | October 5th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Healthy Living, Marriage Coaching, Personal Development|0 Comments

22 Things Happy People Do Differently

Posted: October 31, 2012 in Attitude, Happiness
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This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy!

Photo by Rosie Hardy

There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a homeless person could be […]

By | August 27th, 2013|Categories: Career Coaching, Christian Living, Healthy Living, Personal Development|0 Comments

#1 – Initial Steps of Forgiveness

Forgiveness can be accomplished when:

  • The offender completely and thoroughly owns his/her actions, which caused the injury or offense.
  • The offender acknowledges the consequences of their actions.
  • The offender demonstrates a sincerity of heart and a sadness or regret over having injured the other person.
  • The offender conveys how they will change their future behavior.  They must be intentional about not hurting the offended person again in the same way.  There must be a change in behavior.

Forgiveness can be accomplished, but the final act of forgiving rests in the hands of the offended person.

(Murphy Toerner)

Being a “Healthy” Man by Katherine Kam

Everyone deals with emotions and life experiences differently.  Guys, in particular, can struggle to cope, but with the help of a landmark study, we take a look at the hallmarks of emotionally healthy men.

It’s a tale of two men:  Alfred Paine began life in wealth and privilege.  His family wasn’t warm or close, but his parents endowed him with a trust fund at birth and later, an Ivy League education.  When he died, though, be counted no close friends.  He left behind multiple unhappy marriages and adult child who rarely visited him.  One daughter described him as having lived “an […]

By | July 19th, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Healthy Living, Personal Development|0 Comments

Rejecting God’s Provision

Numbers 21:1-5  — Arad Conquered

(v. 1 – {paraphrased} The Canaanite king of Arad, … heard that Israel was coming …

(he)  fought … Israel and took captive(s). 

v. 2 – So Israel made a vow to the LORD and said, “If YOU will  … deliver this people into my hand,

then I will utterly destroy their cities,”

v. 3 – The LORD heard the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites;

then they (Israel) utterly destroyed them and their cities …

v. 4 – Then […]

By | May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Christian Living, Healthy Living, Personal Development|0 Comments
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