Grateful.

(photo from www.LumoProject.com) A few months ago my pastor touched on the story of Jesus told in Mark 2:2-12.  Four men had a paralyzed friend who needed to see Jesus.  They went to great lengths to get him into Jesus' presence - lowering him down through the roof. I'm going to paraphrase here, but one of …

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A gift of a different kind.

Last week I had lunch with a woman who I've only recently met.  We are serving together in a ministry capacity and I invited her to lunch so that we could get to know one another a bit better.  I enjoyed our time together very much and when we were about to leave, she said …

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how to have that hard conversation you’ve been putting off

This topic has come up  so much recently that I thought I'd write down some thoughts I have about it.  Conversations with friends and with MOPS leaders I work with - How do I approach a hard topic with a friend?  How do I tell someone on my team that they aren't pulling their weight? …

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Top Five Reasons Why I Stink as a Friend (and why and how I’m trying to get better)

My whole life, I think I've been "relationship-challenged".  I've always blamed it on my mom.  I have very similar tendencies to her (many of the items on the list you see below, she shares with me).  It's not that I haven't had friends, it's just that I've only had a very few close friends - people that I'd trust enough …

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on the offensive against defensive

Twice this week I've been in contact with women who have made some very different mothering choices than mine.  My initial reaction was to feel like - if her choices are "right", then she must think mine are "wrong". What is it about other women's mothering choices that makes us defensive?  Don't get me wrong, in …

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