Cracked Pots

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it.  The other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house.  The cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his masters house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments; […]

My Identity in Christ

Because of Christ’s redemption,

I am a new creation of infinite worth.

I am deeply loved.

I am completely forgiven.

I am fully pleasing.

I am totally accepted by God.

I am absolutely complete in Christ.

When my performance reflects my new identity in Christ,

that reflection is dynamically unique.

There has never been another person like me in the history of mankind,

nor will there ever be.

God has made me an original, one of a kind,

really somebody.

(From: Search for Significance […]

By | February 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthy Living, Motivation, Personal Coaching, Recovery, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

2 Corinthians 4:17 … Perspective on Pain

There is a lot of pain in this world.  As believers, what are we to make of it, as we see pain touch our lives or the lives of family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, or even enemies?

It is not uncommon to hear believers say something like, “I don’t know why God is punishing me like this,” when they find out they have an illness, disappointment, trial or tribulation.  We need to be careful who we blame for such sources of pain.

God allows pain to touch our lives, but He, unlike Satan, allows pain to touch […]

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Healthy Living, Recovery, Scripture, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

Mother’s Who Can’t Love (by Dr. Susan Forward, PhD)

Excerpts

Common Experiences of Women With Moms Like This:
The great common denominator among women with unloving mothers is the longing for validation— to find someone who will say, “Yes, what you experienced really happened. Yes, your feelings are justified. I understand.”

WHAT MAKES A GOOD MOTHER
… if her dominant behavior engenders in her daughter a belief in her own value and nourishes her self- respect, confidence, and safety, that mother is doing a good job, whether she’s a wonderful mom or just good enough. She’s demonstrating real love, in a tangible, reliable way, to her child.

YOU CAN’T CALL IT LOVE

To help you […]

Anti-depressants: Does God Approve or Not?

This is a recent message that I sent a Christian friend who knows he/she struggles with depression ….
Sweet friend.
  • Just to clarify. A person will not get “hooked” on an anti-depressant. One can get addicted to Xanax which is for anxiety.  But the purpose of an anti-depressant is to replenish God Given / God Designed endorphins in your brain. There are specific endorphins, which help regulate mood/hope/ resiliency/ etc.
  • Your (my friend) brain and endorphin levels and mine were messed up/injured by being exposed to extended periods (years actually) of having to deal with so much stress/fear/pain/neglect/physical beatings/abuse/and various traumatic […]
By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Healthy Living, Recovery|0 Comments

Press In or Drift Away

As a middle-schooler, 7th grade actually, I had the privilege to attend an all girls camp in the hill county of central Texas.  My grandparents graciously paid for my sister and I to experience Camp Mystic for half the summer ( a 6 week term).

This camp was amazing!  The activities included:

  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Music
  • Archery
  • Marksmanship – .22 rifles
  • Arts / Crafts
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • And much more

I really loved canoeing in the Guadalupe River.  God used it to teach me a memorable spiritual lesson.  When the river had a strong current, I had to”press into it” by paddling hard and continuously.  If I stopped paddling or slowed down, the […]

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Healthy Living, Personal Development|0 Comments

Anger, Jealousy, Sadness, Self-Rejection …

When we are children, and we have a problem with someone, we get angry. For whatever reason, that anger pushes the problem away; we get the result we want. It happens a second time — we react with anger — and now we know if we get angry we push the problem away. Then we practice and practice, until we become masters of anger. In the same way, we become masters of jealousy, masters of sadness, masters of self-rejection.

All of our drama and suffering is by practice. We make an agreement with ourselves, and we practice that agreement until it […]

By | February 10th, 2016|Categories: Healthy Living, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hallmarks & 5 Types of Narcissustic Moms

Mothers Who Can’t Love

by Dr  Susan Forward PhD

The Hallmark of a Narcissistic Mother –

The hallmark of all these mothers is a lack of empathy, and their intense self-centeredness blinds them to the suffering they create. They rarely step out of themselves to see things from your point of view. All they know is that they want what they want, and need what they need, and they find it difficult, if not impossible, to make the connection between their demons and the hurtful actions that come to define their relationship with you.

Five Recognizable Types of Narcissistic Mothers
• THE SEVERELY NARCISSISTIC MOTHER […]

By | August 8th, 2015|Categories: Counseling Women, Healthy Living, Recovery|0 Comments

How Positively Charged Are You?

How Positively Charged Are You? An Attitude Survey

( From Epic Coaching/Consulting – On Line)

Here is an opportunity for you to figure out how positive or negative you tend to be. Beside each question, write the number that most closely represents how you’d react, most of the time. For the best results, go with your first reaction!!!

3 – Mostly Yes                      2 – Sometimes                     1 – Mostly No

_____ 1. Are you friendly?

_____ 2. Do you try not to complain?

_____ 3. Can you be optimistic when others aren’t?

_____ 4. Do you have a sense of duty and […]

By | August 5th, 2015|Categories: Healthy Living, Personal Development, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tears

What are tears?

Tears are produced by tear glands, which are small glands inside your upper eyelid. Tears keep the surface of your eyeball clean and moist, and help protect your eye from damage.

When you blink, your eyelids spread the tears over the surface of the eye. Sometimes tears flow over your lower eyelid, but mostly the tears flow down a tiny tube at the edge of your lower eyelid, next to your nose – if you look very carefully you can see a tiny dot that is the beginning of this tube. This tube carries the tears to the back […]

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