Code Blue!

Back in 2010 I spent many long weeks in the hospital with my father. One night, an alarm sounded on the hall and the ICU wing went into action immediately. I stepped over to the doorway and could see a crew rushing toward a room down the hall. Through the glass enclosure, I saw the medical team surround the bed and begin emergency procedures. I watched an attempted rescue operation, until someone...

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The Road to Redemption

I shared with you in June how our church was in the early stages of grappling with a leader’s public confession of sin. Although we’re only five months into this, it has been a long road. But we are watching God do a redeeming work. I’m so grateful to those of you who prayed for our church and this precious couple during this season. Since many of you joined me in the early stages of this...

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Having any Relationship Conflicts?

Conflicts happen between the best of friends and family. That’s the sad reality of living in a fallen world. But it seems to happen just as much within the Church. I’ve seen enough Church conflicts to notice that the “gift of discernment” can be misused, or add to the complications in a conflict. If you think you have the “gift of discernment” when it comes to relating to people, be...

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Messed Up Perspectives

Getting a messed up perspective can cause all kinds of relationship problems. A friend sent me a hilarious email that was a parody on the differences between men and women. One example was a couple traveling down the highway with very little conversation happening. The woman’s mind and emotions start racing as she jumps to the conclusion that the guy is angry with her, thinking that he’s...

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When Perception is Not Reality

We hear it all the time, “Perception is reality.” And I know the point: How you perceive something becomes “real” to you . . . whether it is true reality or not. But what if my perception is not based in actual reality? What if I am operating with a faulty perception? When I was a little girl, I loved putting together an outlandish costume from a box of old “give-away” clothes, and...

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