Facing Those Who Disappoint (during the holidays)

The holiday season is almost upon us!  Again. Some of you are rejoicing!  Some are not. It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this holiday season.  When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions canContinue reading “Facing Those Who Disappoint (during the holidays)”

The Lost Art of Renegotiation

  The Lost Art of Renegotiation A long-term relationship with a church is little different than a long-term relationship with a spouse, friend or an employer.  There are ups and downs.  How healthy people navigate long-term relationships is fairly standardized.  Such navigation has become a lost art.   Here is how the process works inContinue reading “The Lost Art of Renegotiation”

Rethinking Happiness

If things ways need to go “your way” to be happy, you will never be happy. And when you are happy, you won’t be happy for very long. Let’s face it, we live in a fallen world, control is an illusion and things are sometimes really hard. People do dumb crap, bad things happen, relationshipsContinue reading “Rethinking Happiness”

Connecting the Dots: Legacy

1 As the time of King David’s death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon: 2 “I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man. 3 Observe the requirements of the LORD your God and follow all his ways. Keep each of the laws, commands, regulations, and stipulations writtenContinue reading “Connecting the Dots: Legacy”

Faith, Shadow and Faith Again (Emerging from Despair)

Tonight I am thinking about my faith journey over these past few years since my daughter’s divorce and the subsequent upheaval that engulfed my family like flames. Many knew nothing of it. I knew it all too well. In response, I narrowed my world to what I could handle; specifically the one mile between ChristContinue reading “Faith, Shadow and Faith Again (Emerging from Despair)”

The Secret of Long Term Relationships

Forgiveness is absolutely essential in any long term relationship. The fact is, the longer you have been in a relationship, job or church, the greater the chances that you have been hurt. Not because people are evil or because people intentionally tried to hurt you, but because we live in a fallen world. And inContinue reading “The Secret of Long Term Relationships”