Soul Care

Grief – The Way To Joy

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Grief is not just about death. Sometimes it is the only way to joy. Have you ever experienced a low-grade sadness? You aren’t certain where exactly it came from. And you don’t know how to shake off the blues. A lot of times this feeling of the “light blues” (or melancholy mood) can come from not grieving the ‘smaller’ losses in life you have already faced. We often ignore the ‘smaller losses.’ The ‘smaller losses’ of life accumulate. They can leave us emotionally constipated until they are processed You get a new job promotion and you leave the people you… Continue Reading This Article

We Don’t Get to Decide How The Story Ends

When I got the phone call from Toni at 3:30 AM, I had the immediate sense I was a failure. My brother had died a horrible death and I had failed him. I had not loved him well. But the truth is – We don’t get to decide how the story ends for others. Loving well is allowing others to have choice and freedom. It is having the courage to feel the pain and sorrow of their choices, while loving ourselves and staying out of the chaos their choices are creating. I wanted my brother’s story to end differently. I… Continue Reading This Article

Signs You Have A Holiday Hang-Over & How To Recover

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Are you still hearing a lot of “How were your holidays?” or “I hope your holidays were wonderful?” And each time you hear these questions – you’re cringing inside. Perhaps you are just beginning to come to the realization you have a Holiday Hang-Over. It’s going to take some time and effort to recover from the emotional let-down you feel from the less-than-perfect holiday season. You’re not alone. You’re not weird to feel a sense of loss weeks after the holidays are actually over. People are feeling it all over the world. Some have felt it for years – after… Continue Reading This Article

Owning Your Part When You Hurt The Dance

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Remember what Maya Angelou said? “When someone shows you how they feel, believe them the first time.” But what if you’re the one who did the injury? What if you’re the person who hurt your partner in marriage, your close friend, a colleague or worse yet, someone you barely know? How do you repair the relationship and earn back the trust you broke? What To Do When You’ve Hurt You’re Loved One 1. Think About What Happened What was going on for you when you said or did what you did? How do you think the other person felt? How… Continue Reading This Article

My 4 Inspirational Blogs to Inspire and Comfort You

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I love to be inspired, don’t you? I love to inspire others. But the only way I can inspire others is to be inspired first. Paul talks about comfort in 2 Corinthians 1:3. He goes about basically saying, “We comfort from the comfort we have been comforted with.” Do you know what that means? That means I want to learn from those who have felt the pain. I want to learn from those who have dared to feel pain – Been vulnerable – Received comfort. When I think about leaders I want to follow and be inspired by, I think… Continue Reading This Article

Being Intentional About Rest

We’ve all been there. Hurrying through our week. Working hard to make a living. And then, the weekend comes! Time to rest. Right? Not right. We’ve lost the “Intentional Rest” we used to practice as families. With the soccer games, swim team, softball practices, shopping and yard work. We have miscellaneous activities to accomplish on the weekends. Families have lost the ability to rest. We’ve lost the importance of rest. Not very long ago, I got a hold of John Ortberg’s book, ‘Soul Keeping.‘ Ortberg talks about what it is to take care of the most important part of us…. Continue Reading This Article