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May 1, 2014

Authentic Community

Authentic community.  It sounds so inviting, so “of course,” as though this should be a natural desire, a natural goal in any setting. I can see […]
April 25, 2014

Valley of Mousetraps

I was blessed to participate in a staff retreat last week that was led by a beautiful, fun-loving, wise, discerning woman of God. We told her […]
April 21, 2014

Healthy conflict

What if God allows conflicts in relationships to grow us rather than simply to frustrate us? What if the deepest levels of intimacy are achieved only […]
April 15, 2014

The Words You Speak

I walked into the first session with an unyielding point of view. No one was going to know how shy I was. Never would I give […]
April 7, 2014

Building blind

I live in the midst of a construction zone. No, my home is not part of a new housing development; actually it’s over 100 years old. […]
April 1, 2014


What comes to mind when you think of that word? …Defeat? Weakness? Failure? Perhaps you might envision (with some degree of disdain) a weakling crouched down, […]
March 25, 2014

Why is Communication so Darn Hard?

Communication is the #1 issue of concern for people seeking marriage therapy and a major personal issue talked about in individual therapy. Why is communication so […]
March 18, 2014

Abiding – Do I want to?

What a great word!  Abiding.  Sounds like something I want to do right?  Well, maybe not.  The definition of abide is “accept or act in accordance […]
March 12, 2014

Compassion as a Healer

Would you call yourself a compassionate person? What might that look like? Maybe it is when someone makes a mistake and you tell them, “It’s OK.” […]