When One Plus One Equals Way More Than You Think

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Still don’t like goodbyes…but I’m getting better at them!

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:


“There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.” Chesterson

I woke up yesterday morning planning on a day to finish up some work and more importantly, get myself emotionally prepared to take my son back to school.

Then my son hit me with, “I think I want to go back today.”

Inside I was groaning.
Outside, I nodded and calmly said okay.

I realized I better hurry up and quick work through my internal resistance to sending him off for another year of school.

Mind you, my son is not in elementary school, middle, or even high school.

This is his third year of college and I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll ever get used to the late…

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The Lord Makes Our Lives Large with Strength

lordgavemestrengthThe moment I called out, you stepped in; you made my life large with strength. Psalm 138: 3

Max Lucado writes —

Where is God when we hurt? Where is he when sleep won’t come? Where is he when we awaken in a hospital bed with pain that won’t subside? He’s right there! He hung on the gallows to prove once and for all, with pierced hands and blood-stained face – that he’s here – that he didn’t create the hurt, but he came to take it away. When you hurt, God hurts with you.

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My Heart Beats with Real Love for You

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Make it a sweet one.

How?

By demonstrating real, genuine, can’t be faked love to one and all.

Despite (and in spite of) Hallmark’s definition of love…real love looks like this —

Love is patient.
Love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

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Sexism – When Women are Their Own Worst Enemy

michelehowe:

Since the powers that be have decided to make money off of a trilogy of books that demeans women (and even celebrates it)…by producing a movie titled, Fifty Shades of Grey…it’s time to reblog this post I wrote way back in 2012. Remember this ladies… “When women raise the standard of what they will and will not accept (in their culture, workplace, and home) then the men in their lives will be forced to raise the bar of their own behavior if they (the men) want to be with women of quality.” That quote by author/speaker Gary Thomas…remember it and don’t forget it.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

I have tried and tried to avoid writing on this topic. But every single day (multiple times a day) I am reminded of a book that continues to gain momentum and popularity and I just have to get it out (my thoughts on it, that is.)

But before I do, let me say this. I am one of those women whose blood pressure rises and teeth clench whenever I see evidences of sexism…anywhere.

In the home.
At the office.
In entertainment (and I use that term loosely
.)

I have no problem raising my voice against pornography, strip clubs, prostitution, and the like.

In that way, I’m like almost every other woman I know.

I treat men with respect and I expect the same from them.

However, given the growing trend of women who are devouring Fifty Shades of Grey, I am in the…

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Entering the Conflict Zone: Peace-loving vs. Peace-making

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conflictLast week marked the first of ten classes that I’m leading where we’re studying a book titled, Pleasing People: How Not to Be an “Approval Junkie”.

Okay, time for truth here. When I first read/reviewed this book some years ago, I thought, well, I’ve got lots of problems…to be sure…but being an approval junkie isn’t one of them.

Wrong.

Once I read this book through, I realized I am definitely not immune from this insidious disorder as the author puts it.

So, as I’m rereading the text and highlighting the sections that stick out to me (or more accurately grab me by the throat) I’ve realized how much of an approval junkie I am…with certain people, mind you.

Below I’ll list some thoughts people pleasers inwardly fret over that author Lou Priolo says are common characteristics of being an approval junkie (aka a people pleaser).

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On Those Days When Smiling is a Group Effort

michelehowe:

Keep smiling.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

makemesmileRemember way back when…during a childhood rant and someone would try to force you to do something and you’d say, “Make me!”?

I do.

I think, if memory serves, that was one of my favorite childhood (childish?) responsive statements.

As an adult, I don’t say that anymore (but I sometimes think it.)

And most often, I feeling like saying it when I’m muddling around in a funk, overburdened by the problems of the world around me.

It’s almost like I’m getting dared to….smile.

Sad.

However, I’ve found the remedy to sadness…yes, I have.

It’s called living in “day-tight compartments.”

It’s simple, it’s biblical, it works.

And without further explanation, let me share some of author David Jeremiah’s words on living happily, worry-free, in day-tight compartments.

The most widely-read book of the twentieth century on the subject of anxiety was Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, in which…

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I Just Can’t Explain It

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I feel like I just lost a week of my life.
I just can’t explain it.

But there it is…one whole week gone.
Poof!

Finally, today (day eight) I’m getting some semblance of normalcy back because my body is starting to fight (and win) over this virus (took it long enough.)

In between sleeping or trying to sleep through the whole ordeal, I’ve been thinking which is never a good idea when you’re too sick to make sense of much that matters. Still, have mind, will race (or think.)

I would have loved to have turned off both my mind and body and just gone into limbo land but since I didn’t have that choice, I had to keep reminding myself to not think about:

how many appointments I had to cancel
how much work I was neglecting
how behind I was getting

In my head, my very muddled hurting…

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