However you may feel about the Girl Scouts as an organization, and whatever your current status of dieting, eliminating sugar, or other healthy eating plans… their cookies are a part of our community. And I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies. Why? I was never in the Girl Scouts. I don’t even love all … Continue reading Why I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies
Do you love to read? Or perhaps you wish that you loved to read. Whether you love it or hate it, reading is valuable. Reading teaches us new information. In our youth, we are constantly learning new things. As we enter adulthood, we’re putting learning into practice, pruning our areas of knowledge and expertise. In … Continue reading The Value of Reading Throughout the Lifespan
Anxiety is a product of this broken, human world. There are many reasons why people struggle with worry and anxiety, but one core reason is because things are outside of our control. And we very much want them inside of our control! Do you struggle with worry, with anxiety, always wondering “what if” and “what … Continue reading Why am I so anxious all the time?
Ash Wednesday is a holy day on the church calendar, bringing in the season of Lent, which leads up to Easter weekend. During this season, Christians focus on penance, fasting, and preparing for the weight and glory of Easter. Why ashes? Church services on Ash Wednesday focus on penance and fasting. Ashes are often put … Continue reading What is Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent?
Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, will you pray with us today for the marriages in our churches and community? O God Almighty, you have established the bond and covenant of marriage. You bring husband and wife together in a union of heart, body, and mind, for their mutual joy, for help and comfort, and for nurturing … Continue reading A prayer for marriage on Valentine’s Day
Tomorrow is the day – Valentine’s Day! Single, dating, or married, we’re all thinking about love right now. But love is more than happy feelings, dates and romance, chocolates, and sweet cards. Jesus sets the standard for us. How? Read on for our next-to-last blogpost in this short series: Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s … Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Every Day)… #1
We all have expectations of ourselves and others. And we all know the feeling of frustration when those expectations are not met. Guess what? This is the normal experience of human relationships. Continue in our series through the Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Every Day). #2: Expect unmet expectations. “Expectations” are often discussed … Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Every Day)… #2
Every couple needs to organize life together – are the dishes in the dishwasher clean or dirty? – but in the midst of this, it is easy to overlook the romance of the romantic relationship. There are only a few days left in our short blog series: Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Every … Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Every Day)… #3
We’re close, but not quite there yet! Let’s continue with our blog series: Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Every Day). #4: Give the gift of time. Yesterday’s blog post was lengthy, because apologies are central to a healthy relationship. But today you’ll get the gift of time even here in reading this … Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Every Day)… #4
You’ve heard the cliché before – “love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Well, I’m sorry, but that is flat-out wrong. If you never say “I’m sorry” in your relationship, it is likely not a very strong, honest, or long-lasting relationship. Confession and apology are central. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day. … Continue reading Top Ten Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day (Every Day)… #5