Everyone periodically feels the heat of anger, but how we handle anger determines whether or not it becomes out of control. A small flame lighting a cozy campfire can ignite a forest fire … if left unchecked. Conversely, if the campfire for a cookout is snuffed out too quickly, it will not accomplish its purpose, and you will have some hungry campers!
The road to success is paved with many ups and downs. Some of those downs might be perceived as failures, but your attitude toward any failure can certainly influence your ultimate success. — In this new year, how do you measure success? Do you measure success by your position? Your salary? Your home? Your relationships? What happens when you don’t meet your own expectations or the expectations of someone else? What happens when you fall short?
Have you ever asked, “How could he do that? How could anyone do that? He clearly has no moral compass so he can’t possibly have integrity!” — Over the years, I’ve had to rethink my thinking on integrity. Ethics is the study of various systems of morality. Morals are your belief in fundamental principles determining right and wrong. Understanding ethical systems is important in understanding human behavior—why people do what they do.
Too many people have said or heard the words: “I just don’t want to live anymore.” Sadly, more than 800,000 people each year die by suicide around the world and many more make an attempt.1 This equates to one death by suicide about every 40 seconds throughout the world. How tragic that so many believe that death is the only solution to stop their pain...
I’ll never forget the doctor’s words … “You have cancer. You will have a mastectomy. You will lose your hair.” The doctor delivers these words matter-of-factly, as I sit on the examining table—absolutely stunned. My diagnosis felt like an ambush.
Over the years, countless parents have asked me if children are truly capable of understanding the concept of boundaries for their behavior ... lines not to be crossed. The answer is an emphatic yes! The point of parenting is not to cultivate uniform perfection. It is to nurture the natural bent of each child so that all young lives become all that God created them to be. Children learn about boundaries from everyday living…
Why do so many people have difficulty making decisions? We want to make the right decisions in order to receive God’s blessing, but often, we don’t take the time to consider God’s perspective. Be assured, God doesn’t play hide and seek as you try to discover His will. The nearer you draw to the heart of God, the clearer you’ll see the will of God. As you sincerely place His desires above your own, He will faithfully lead the way.
Most people are familiar with the Franklin Roosevelt quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Yet those living in the grip of fear find these words hard to accept. Over and over, the Bible tells us, “Do not be afraid … do not fear” (Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 41:10). But, how is this possible?
In reality, when a blended family comes together, typically, issues remain unresolved for years. Emotions are misinterpreted and problems that need to be tackled usually remain untouched. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand the dynamics within a blended family...
When callous words pierce your heart, they can leave scars that last a lifetime ... cruel words like, “You idiot!” “You’re hopeless!” “You’ll never amount to anything!” ... caustic words causing you to feel powerless—for years. If you’re a victim of ongoing verbal and emotional abuse, then you’ve felt ongoing pain. I know, because I have.