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God Bless our Military

The Bible identifies people who are Rods and Staffs in this world. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4 A Staff is a hooked tool used by shepherds to guild their flocks toward a desired destination or away from danger. A Rod is another type of shepherd tool used as a weapon to protect the flock from predators and thieves. In our world, our military are both Rods and Staffs: They protect, guide, and keep us safe. This Memorial Day is a special one as we recognize that the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of WWII. For anyone who has a family member who has served in our

Teamwork In Marriage

Essential Ingredients for success. The beauty of a strong marriage is in the details. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the most successful marriage relationships have something major in common: in the big adventures as well as the day-to-day grind, the happiest, healthiest couples do life together as a team. We love this quote about how the best marriages have teamwork as their foundation: “The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.” – Fawn Weaver Today we’re going to dig into the three major components of teamwork outlined in the above quote: respect, admiration, and grace. These are all

Love-in-action

Life is about relationships. Connection is why we are here. Health is Social — it is what gives us meaning, purpose and healing in our lives. This is our path and practice of love, healing fractured relationships and restoring the loss of social capital in society. "Our stories are not meant for everyone. Hearing them is a privilege, and we should always ask ourselves this before we share: “Who has earned the right to hear my story?” If we have one or two people in our lives who can sit with us and hold space for our shame stories, and love us for our strengths and struggles, we are incredibly lucky. If we have a friend, or small group of friends, or family who embraces our imperfections, vu

One of a kind

Happy Mothers Day! "A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." Washington Irving

Mum's Day

Once a year every mother anticipates being shown appreciation for her service of unconditional love given to her children. Moms get anxious with excitement over how their beloved little monsters will show her they love her. She may envision a hug and a smile, "I love you mommy," or breakfast in bed with burnt toast and black coffee to wash it down. She may receive a school project partially completed, molded, folded, or colored with her son or daughter's own little hands. All these precious ideas feed into mom's wanting to mostly just have recognition for all the piles of washed and folded laundry , kissed bumps and bruises, hugs she's given out, shoulders she's availed to comfort, and the m

Bad Advice

Does Marriage Counseling Really Work? There are some things in life that can be difficult, but beautiful, like raising a child. The joys certainly outweigh the challenges in most cases, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Chasing a dream or a goal is another example. Sometimes a person may feel like quitting, but if he keeps fighting, he may get what he wants -- or at least a smaller version of it. Marriage falls into this category too. In many cases working through the difficulties can really be worth it. Most married couples will face a few troubles at some point, but clearly there are benefits to dealing with those difficulties instead of ignoring them or simply giving up on the relationship

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