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In Others’ Words: Love or Understanding

In Others’ Words: Love or Understanding

If I’m reading George Orwell’s words correctly, he seemed to believe that love and understanding are exclusive of one another.  And yet, I find that the people who love me the best are also the very ones who take the time to understand me … the real me. Or is it that the ones who understand me the best are  the very ones who love me the most faithfully? See how the two — lo... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Stories Conquer Fear

In Others’ Words: How Stories Conquer Fear

So … the robot. I came upon him while walking with my husband and youngest daughter during a a foggy day in Carlsbad, California last summer. Some ingenious artist painted him on the side of a building. And yes, this painting told a story. You can come upon stories in the most unlikely places. We expect them within the covers of a book. But stories also appear in a conversation between two a... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Sacredness of Tears

In Others’ Words: The Sacredness of Tears

There was a time in my life when I would not allow myself to cry.  Month after month, I refused to cry, swallowing the tears burning the back of my throat. The truth is, I had a lot to cry about. Repeated loss. Ongoing loneliness. And times of dark, dark doubt. My faith wavered. I ached to the very core of my being and my soul seemed shattered. The one time I let my guard down and allowed tears to... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What Suffering Requires

In Others’ Words: What Suffering Requires

Everyone suffers. I don’t think anyone would argue with that statement. We might argue with with how much someone suffers — whether someone’s suffering is worse than another person’s … or ours. We might argue with the wrongness or rightness of the suffering. But no one get’s a bye on suffering. The question then becomes suffering plus what allows us to learn fro... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Serious Business of Joy

In Others’ Words: The Serious Business of Joy

I often expect to find joy here. Now.  And then I’m reminded that joy is other-worldly. Oh, sure, we can catch glimpses of joy in our lives here on earth. As we love and are loved by others. And I always, always hear echoes of joy in the laughter of children. But the love and grace and forgiveness of God provides joy that lasts longer than today or tomorrow. And there are days … many o... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Adjusting our Emotional Tides

In Others’ Words: Adjusting our Emotional Tides

For me, it seems I always come back to gratitude.  There are certainly a lot of other emotions that demand my attention — wanting dominance in my life. And yes, I started to list them off and then deleted the list because why name all the emotional ups and downs I experience any given day? Disappointment can be one of the most unrelenting of emotions — even when it only whispers in my ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

Honest relationships are the best … and honest relationships are hard to come by.  I have to choose to completely trust someone before I open up to them and show them who I am — the good, bad, and the broken. And when I do that, I hope the other person respects what I’ve shared by believing me. I don’t want to have to prove anything. Or repeat myself,  reminding them of wha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Beauty of a Broken Heart

In Others’ Words: The Beauty of a Broken Heart

When I was younger, I thought there was only one way my heart could be broken. I blame my limited thinking on all the Harlequin romances I read as a teenager — and back then, Harlequins were quite innocent. Years later, I know a person’s heart can be broken for many different reasons: the end of a relationship — think of a romance or a treasured friendship or a family relationshi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

In Others’ Words: Heart Sutures

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser is anything but a stranger to this blog. He’s often the one to get the conversation going in the comments. I count him a treasured friend — this, despite the fact that we’ve yet to meet face to face. That’s the wonderful thing about friendships: they are not limited by geographical boundaries. His poetic and profound words “Life tears our heart... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Far are You Going?

In Others’ Words: How Far are You Going?

Fear has motivated me to do things. Fear of losing someone I care about or of losing their approval — has caused me to do and say certain things. Sometimes I’ve even chosen to violate my personal values in the hopes of satisfying someone else’s expectations. That’s an ugly truth, but I strive to be honest with you all on this blog. The desire to overcome fear has pushed me ... Read More »

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