Dare #7 of The Respect Dare – If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Having children is called a blessing in the Bible. It can also ruin your marriage. And not surprisingly, research actually supports this – marital satisfaction declines after children are born, and increases when they are all gone. For me, having kids in their teens and twenties has proven as emotionally exhausting as it was physically […]

Dare #6 of The Respect Dare – Conflict

Several years ago, I facilitated a retreat that equipped organizational leaders to effectively handle conflict. We spent a good deal of time talking about some of the behaviors of people in the organization. God used the opportunity to remind me of something. Many of the issues and problems that ALL organizations face are due to […]

What You Want … 2014 Reader Survey Results

We have the 2014 Reader Survey Results! And, if you keep reading til the end, you’ll find a free copy of the Small Group Leader Guide for The Respect Dare (Thomas Nelson, 2012) AND an opportunity for YOU! 🙂 In an effort to make sure I’m loving you the way you want to be loved […]

2 Wise Women We Want to Be When We Grow Up…

There’s probably a ton more than 2 wise women we should attempt to be like. I don’t know about you, but I have some wise women friends that just blow my mind with how mature they are. One of my friends is going through a hard time right now. Her husband did something awful. I’m […]

What Are YOU Waiting For?

My mind was elsewhere, and I looked at her. I saw my friend and coworker’s mouth moving, and couldn’t answer the question she was asking. It was something about upcoming possibilities with the ministry, but because it was a future situation, all I could think about was how dramatically different things might be…if my husband […]

It’s in The Hands of God…

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation […]

The Pain of Miscarriage… and Respect Dare 37

I judged her. A friend of mine, still hurting from an unexpected but welcomed pregnancy lost in miscarriage, received judgment from me instead of compassion. She never knew, however, but as I’ve been praying in the recent weeks, asking God to reveal my sin to me, and then coincidentally struggling with what to write about […]

I Hurt A Sweet Woman…

Tuesday, I blogged about Dare 26, a reader’s experience with her husband when he was acting angry, and the battle that rages in our hearts toward each other in marriage. The big “A-Ha!” findings from Shaunti Feldhahn’s new book, Highly Happy Marriages, is that couples that are actually happy are doing these things: Paying attention to the “little […]