Relationships

18
Jul

The Power of a Word

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21a Do you ever stop and think about the words you say in response to being offended, caught off guard, or when you’re in the midst of a conflict? Are you aware of any negative messages you’ve adopted because of words said to you by a parent, friend, or adversary?

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11
Jul

Are We Entitled?

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 I can’t tell you how many times growing up I heard, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” More than I can count. Around our house, this was considered one of

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13
Jun

Who’s Changing Who?

“In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians 4:22-24

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16
May

What Are You Waiting For?

“… with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2,3 I was invited to an event in the same city where several of my family members live. Because I hadn’t talked to them in many years, I was honestly hesitant to even let them know I would

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11
May

REMEMBERING MOM

This Mother’s Day, I have so much to be thankful for. I was blessed to have a wonderful mother, to become a mother to two amazing boys, and to now be a grandmother to two of the most adorable grandkids. As a little girl, my mom was my hero. She was the glue that held our family together, a pillar

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5
May

The Treasure of a Friend

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trials when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12 Pain and suffering are a normal part of life. But, God never intended for us to walk through our struggles alone. Quite the opposite – when difficulties come our way, God’s Word

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4
Apr

Dealing With Difficult

“Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” Proverbs 27:5-6 At one time or another, we all find ourselves in relationships that are difficult. So, it’s important we understand a few important principles when striving to make them better. Jesus dealt with many difficult

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28
Mar

Listening Before Speaking

“The one who gives an answer before he listens— this is foolishness and disgrace for him.” Proverbs 18:13 Most of us have people in our lives who want to help us solve our problems before we can even clearly communicate what our problem may be. Hopefully, most of us have at least a few friends who will listen attentively and

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21
Feb

Are You Asking The Right Question?

Knowing what to say and when to say it is crucial. Through the years I’ve learned, it’s just as important, if not more important, to ask an intriguing question and listen attentively for an answer. Being the talker that I am, I’m often way too anxious to insert my thoughts and opinions into a conversation. Attentive listening has always been

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17
Jan

Are You Politically Correct?

Are you politically correct? In today’s blog Ann shares insights on when to say yes and when to say no to Political Correctness.