Tag: Spirit of God

Sin, Guilt, and Repentance

“I got to thinking about the first time I ever felt guilty. It happened when I was in the first grade…My mom was a hair dresser, and every Saturday, she had me stay with Mrs. Gunner; Mrs. Gunner was…my baby sitter while Mom…worked. I… Continue Reading “Sin, Guilt, and Repentance”

Clenched Fist or Open Hand?

It was 4:45 a.m. when I woke from a dream. I don’t remember what I dreamed, but I do remember vividly how tightly clenched my fists were in the dream…and when I woke up…so much so that my hands hurt. It took a conscious… Continue Reading “Clenched Fist or Open Hand?”

What’s Love NOT to Do?

According to Psychology Today, “When doctors and therapists teach patients to turn negative thoughts and worries into positive affirmations, the communication process improves, and the patient regains self-control and confidence. But there’s a problem: The brain barely responds to our positive words and thoughts.… Continue Reading “What’s Love NOT to Do?”

Love: the Key Ingredient

Physical connection…That’s what some people believe strong love is. There are parts of this that are true…making time and making effort produces strong love, but a key element is missing from this equation. If this element is absent, love becomes whatever you want it… Continue Reading “Love: the Key Ingredient”

Is it Okay, if I Love My Red Pen?

I used to envy teachers. Not only did they get to write on a chalkboard or markerboard, but they got to correct papers (how naive was I?!?)! I’d see corrections in red on a paper or test and think they were beautiful…as long as… Continue Reading “Is it Okay, if I Love My Red Pen?”

Awe and Wonder

When our puppy was younger, I seized opportunities to star gaze, at times, when I’d let him out in the middle of the night. I frequently would get caught, looking up in the clear, night sky for specific constellations, when our puppy would surprise… Continue Reading “Awe and Wonder”

Encourage or Harden?

Today is full of many opportunities that we choose to invest in or slam the door on. If you’re a parent, you know you have different opportunities to make time for your kids, but even during that time, you have the choice of how… Continue Reading “Encourage or Harden?”