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In Others’ Words: My One Word for 2018

In Others’ Words: My One Word for 2018

  Let’s talk about choosing One Word for the coming year.    2018 is just over a month away, but if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I gave up New Year’s resolutions over a decade ago. Why? All those good intentions — the “I wills” and the “I won’ts” — faded so quickly, and I always misplaced my list of re... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What to Do After Going Halfway

In Others’ Words: What to Do After Going Halfway

For a long time, I thought 50-50 relationships were the way to go. I do my part to meet the other person halfway and the other person does their part. Equal investments into a relationship should make it work, right? Not necessarily. And then I believed the 100% “go all in” attitude about relationships. It’s not 50-50. It’s 100% plus 100% that makes relationships work. Agai... 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: No guarantees

In Others’ Words: No guarantees

Sometimes in life, we want guarantees. If we invest in a friendship, we hope that friendship lasts. If we say to someone else, “Yes, I believe in you,” then we hope the other person will have our back, too — and stand by us, through thick and through thin. If we trust someone — with our hearts, with our dreams, with parts of our lives that others don’t see — tha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Best of Friends

In Others’ Words: The Best of Friends

There are so many benefits to good friendships — and by “good” I mean strong, safe, stood-the-test-of-time friendships. Mutual understanding Shared laughter “What? You, too?” moments Inexhaustible forgiveness  Unfettered acceptance I’m certain you could add to my list of benefits. But when you find a friend who encourages your dreams, treasure that friend. Our d... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Better Friend

In Others’ Words: The Better Friend

A few weeks ago I heard that September is National Friendship month. I liked the sound of that: a whole month celebrating, among other things, friendship. It’s also National Honey Month. And National Courtesy Month. And National Sewing Month. And National Blueberry Popsicle Month. On a more serious note, September is also National Suicide Prevention Month. And that leads me right back to spe... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Trusting God Whether You Fall or Fly

In Others’ Words: Trusting God Whether You Fall or Fly

Trusting God has been a major theme in my family’s life this year. I know we’re not the only people choosing to trust God as we face challenges. Some of you — dare I say all of you — could share “do I trust God or don’t I trust God?” moments. My daughter CJ chose the word “trust” as her One Word for the past school year. She said she expected t... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What It All Comes Down To

In Others’ Words: What It All Comes Down To

I don’t have a whole lot to say today. Wednesday was a long day. A difficult day. A discouraging day. Have you ever fought for something … or rather fought against something that is wrong? I mean written down in black and white wrong? And you aren’t heard? The wrong-ness of it all continues? And it just doesn’t make sense. Before going another round in this situation —... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Patience and the Willingness to Stay

In Others’ Words: Patience and the Willingness to Stay

Sometimes the situations we are in don’t change. We look and we look, and there’s no door marked EXIT. Okay, yes, I’ll make this blog post personal. I’m dealing with several ongoing situations that, by definition — ongoing, right? — haven’t changed. Circumstances haven’t budged for months. Chronic health issues? Still here. Strained relationships? St... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Comfort of Love

In Others’ Words: The Comfort of Love

  Sometimes loving someone means not saying anything. Sometimes silence is sacrificial … you give up all your right answers for the sake of someone else’s need to be valued. You choose not to stifle their pain with words, words, and more words. Love should always be safe. When you tell someone you love them, in a very real sense you are telling them, “You can trust me. With ... Read More »

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