Psst… are you destroying yourself?

Dare 5 Are You Destroying Yourself? Shoulders hunched over, face in a scowl, the thoughts come… “I can’t.” “I’m so lousy at this…” “I wish I’d never started…” “I want to quit.” Or maybe, like the woman in the story in Matthew 9:21, she perseveres, knowing – no, believing – for twelve years – that […]

New Dare Journey – Got Expectations?

As promised, today we begin our new dare journey – it’s for any woman, married or not, of any age. You can find the back story here. Invite friends. I can’t wait to get started! 🙂 I’m looking at this as “Respect 101 – Respecting God, Ourselves, and Others” Dare 1 Got Expectations? A gangly […]

Are You A Doormat if You Submit? Respect Dare Four

I stood next to the toaster in my kitchen. It was 5am. I was so angry I could spit. I also knew I was wrong. Needed to apologize-style wrong. But all I could focus on was how my husband’s words had stung. Yes, my retort had not been filled with grace, but acid. Yes, my […]

Wondering What Respect IS?

Ephesians 5:33b commands us to respect our husbands. Unconditionally. The culture teaches that respect must be earned. I remember the first time I realized the above, confused, frustrated, and a little angry, I wallowed in cognitive dissonance for several weeks. Something within me revolted at the notion of unconditionally respecting someone who didn’t “deserve it.” […]

Whose Side are You on Today?

I remember it as though it occurred yesterday. Having lain unsleeping for two hours, tossing and turning, 4am roused me out of the bed completely. I descended the stairs to the cold family room, pulled a blanket around me and started reading. It was early spring, so the resurrection called. I knew the story. What […]