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In Others’ Words: The Anger Remedy

In Others’ Words: The Anger Remedy

  The other night I decided to enter into a controversial debate . . . a conversation on Facebook, something I just don’t do. I wrote out my comment, editing it here and there, and then read it out loud to my husband Rob and my sixteen-year-old daughter, CJ. Here’s how the conversation went afterward: CJ: Can I say something? Me: Sure. CJ: You’ve told us if we’re angry... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Imperfect Learning

In Others’ Words: Imperfect Learning

I like to tell people that I don’t hang around with perfect people because they make me uncomfortable. I usually say it in such a way that I get a laugh. Ha ha ha. Nobody’s perfect, right?  Except those of us pretending that we are. Acting like we have life all figured out. All under control. Been there, done that. Had the anxiety attacks to prove it. I read today’s quote as I wa... Read More »

In Others’ Words: And Forgive Us Our Brokenness

In Others’ Words: And Forgive Us Our Brokenness

I find myself embracing brokenness more and more.  My brokenness. Others’ brokenness. And I also find myself grasping to understand forgiveness … truly comprehend forgiving others. Forgiving myself.  The ironic thing is that for so long I aimed for perfection. And I failed. No surprise there, I know. And I thought forgiveness was as easy as hearing someone say “I’m sorry... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Temptation of Bitterness

In Others’ Words: The Temptation of Bitterness

When I hear cautions against bitterness, I immediately think of the admonition: See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. (Hebrews 12:15 NIV) And Martin Luther King, Jr. got it right when he called bitterness a temptation — a choice we wrestle with … or against. Do I or don’t I allow myself to become b... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Pardon, My Mistake

In Others’ Words: Pardon, My Mistake

  When I was I was in elementary school, I wrote reports. Remember those? The teacher would assign you to write about a certain country — the food they ate, the clothes they wore … occupations … traditions … whatever. I would do my research. Collect my facts on those little lined white index cards. And then, I’d begin writing my paper. Nice and neat. But no matte... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Moving Forward

Yesterday, I wrote a scene where an imaginary character grapples with forgiving someone — someone who hurt him years ago. And as I wrote the scene, I realized that some of the words coming out of the character’s mouth were my own. I wasn’t too surprised. I’ve grappled with forgiveness — the whole “How do I forgive this person, God?” question — for ye... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Reconciliation

“In a quarrel, leave room for reconciliation.” ~Russian proverb So, my husband and me. When we first got married we had different styles of fighting. Let’s just say I was the more verbal one. Neither of us were all that good at reconciling. I was quite good at holding my ground–and holding a grudge. Rob usually was the first one to apologize, but sometimes we hadn’t e... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is giving up the possibility of a better past.” ~Unknown I keep a gift beside my bed. It’s wrapped in shiny blue paper and adorned with a white bow. And, yes, I know what’s in the box. And, no, the gift isn’t for me. I gave the gift to someone more than a decade ago. Inside the box is a slip of paper with the words “I forgive you” written on i... Read More »

Debut Author Lisa Jordan on Forgiveness

I’ve been smiling all week whenever I think about my friend Lisa Jordan. Her Love Inspired debut novel, Lakeside Reunion, is now available on Amazon.com! (Lakeside Reunion will hit bookstore shelves in the next few weeks.) The novel focuses on forgiveness, as Lindsey Porter, the heroine, struggles to decide if she’s willing to risk her heart for a second chance at love. When I asked Li... Read More »