DAY 6: ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT DEPRESSION - part 1

 A few weeks ago my friend, author and speaker Patty Mason, asked me to be a guest on her JOYFUL LIVING RADIO. Since we’re both depression survivors, she thought it might be helpful for us to dialogue and answer questions on the subject. It turned out to be a very encouraging conversation – and before we knew it, we’d gone from one program to two. ...more

DAY 5: FIRST THINGS FIRST

 These days I find myself easily distracted. Please tell me I’m not the only one. I start the day with ninja-like determination to “kill” my top three to-do’s by dinner or perish in the attempt. Yet by mid-morning I find myself knee-deep in planning meals or alphabetizing recipe cards when suddenly I realize: That’s not on my list…AND I don’t cook! ...more

DAY 1: NaBloPoMo!

 Yep.I’m gonna do it.I’ve decided to dive in……to an extension of NaNoWriMo…called NaBloPoMo… (National Novel Writers Month)                    (National Blog Post Month)It basically boils down to this: ...more

DAY 2: WHAT IF?

 WHAT IF…You weren’t discouraged by your shortcomings or lack of confidence? WHAT IF…You weren’t limited by your finances or a poverty mentality? WHAT IF…Criticism from others didn’t crush your spirit, but merely pressed you closer to the heart of God? ...more

DAY 3: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

 I don’t know about you, but now and then I need to stop and ask myself:“What are you waiting for?”Why do you…...more

DAY 4: MORNING GLORY

 I don’t often get up this early. At least not lately. Weariness has enticed me to trade the wonder of the wee hours for the allure of an extra hour of two of sleep. An understandable exchange. That is, until you taste it again… The peacefulness. The quiet. ...more

On healing emotional pain

Adult children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families need to learn how to re-parent themselves.  To learn to cultivate a loving Inner Parent that can take care of the Inner Child – at least after you get in touch with your Inner Child, that is....more

Released

My heart had been closed off and hiding out entombed as it was in a world of words and fragments of memories.Guilt, shame and self-criticism were relentless sentries, letting no hope in.I locked my heart to shield me from further pain and EVERYTHING else.Most especially from the one thing that could really heal me -Love.I discovered in the presence of your kind and steadfast love the priceless gift of acceptance without condemnation....more

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Beef stew with root vegetables is cooking on the stove, along with a teapot of water for some chai tea.  I’m going to write the second post for NaBloPoMo.A few weeks ago, on a trip to the thrift store, I came across Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.  I’ve known about her work for a while now.  Some time ago it was suggested to me, and I got the book from the library but I never followed the steps.  I didn’t have enough time in the two weeks I had borrowed the book....more

I will not be a Christian Terrorist

I will not persecute my brother/sisters, then say I did it in the name of Christ.*I will love those who do not like me. It is okay. They probably love me right back. Yet, it doesn't matter whether they love me right back, Christ has taught to love them anyway.*I will not study scripture and doctrine so that I may use it against others, then justify it by saying I am doing Christ's work.*I will study scripture and doctrine to uplift them, and myself.*...more