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 […]

Dare #4 Journey – 5 Positives for Every Negative…

Negative or Positive? What do you actually DO? I mean, are we supposed to just run around giving compliments like crazy? In research done by Dr. John Gottman, we learn that marriages that are considered “happy” have a number of things in common.  Here’s just a few: A complete absence of contempt 5 “positive” interactions […]

Dare #2 of the Respect Dare…

Identity

Healthy Identity in Christ = Self-Respect One of the things we’re going to talk a lot about in this journey which started last week (click HERE if you missed), is the relationship with ourselves. I know that sounds a little weird, “relationship with myself?” Do I mean talking to myself? And answering? Actually, yes, but not in the out-loud-crazy-lock-me-up […]

New Dare Journey Dare #2: Identity

How do we have such a healthy identity in Christ that we’re able to respect ourselves? And teach our daughters to do the same? One of the things we’re going to talk a lot about in this journey (where we started here) is our relationship with ourselves. I know that sounds a little weird, “relationship […]

We Are “In Trouble” and Respect Dare 35…

Tears leaked, slid down dry cheeks, dripped onto my shirt. Permanent kidney damage was likely for a dear friend of mine, one who spent time serving our ministry weekly. After 5 days in the hospital, she was home, still fighting the infection that refused to bow to modern medicine. She was worn. Tired. Sick. I […]

Want To Change Your Husband…??

Want to change your husband? As in, put an end to the pain-style change him? Check out what this woman did… She’s referring to this post, btw… I’ve been at this Respect Dare since last December. At times I’ve been greatly disappointed in myself-relapsing into old patterns of complaint and begging. However, there have been […]

4 Thoughts to Take Captive

Sara stirred awake, hearing the baby’s whimpering through the monitor. Eyes barely open, she glanced at the clock. The red digital display said 3:23. Whimpering turned to fussing, then crying, and Sara knew the three week old’s tummy was waking him. She sighed.  She pushed back the covers, sat up and eased out of the […]