Finding Closure When the Other Person Won’t Talk

Is it possible to find closure when the person you have a conflict with refuses to speak to you about it? Yes, absolutely. Many years ago, I had a small misunderstanding. Due to some old hurts, this small misunderstanding morphed into an enormous one, even though I tried to fix the situation. For a while,…

Joy Without the Hoopla

Hello friends. How are you? As I have been thinking of what to write this month, this story keeps coming to my mind. So while on a foreign church mission, a friend of mine was working with a companion who was really cruel to dogs. Everywhere they went, if he saw a dog, he would…

Healing from an Unexpected Source

Today’s post is from one of my dearest friends: Jeniann Nielsen, a dedicated mother of five wonderful children and an amazing, generous friend. We met in college where she was my senior editor. And now years later, the roles are finally switched. Thank you, Jeniann, for sharing your thoughts and allowing me to be the…

Happy Holidays: Look and Receive

Merry Christmas! I hope that you are enjoying your holiday so far. I’ve been sick with a terrible cough that just won’t quit, and I’d like to say that while everyone around me has been hustling and bustling, I’ve been pondering the true meaning of Christmas, but mostly I’ve been on the couch, flipping through…

Why Vulnerability Means Freedom

Putting my thoughts in writing for strangers to read is completely out of my comfort zone. I don’t think that I’ve felt quite this vulnerable in such a long time. But since I write about small steps and being brave, I should be the first to take my own advice. So I am just focusing…

What’s the Price Tag of Your Happiness?

If only my husband would do this or that, our marriage would be so much better. If only I could finish my degree now, I could stop living off these loans. If only I could lose 10, 20 or 30 pounds, I would look so much better. If only I could get married, I would…

The Best Gift Ever Is You

Today, I finished a quilt for my mom—three years in the making. Because I wanted a polished look, a tie quilt was out of the question. So, I quilted each block onto the padding separately with a sewing machine, and it has been such a long journey. But as I tried to finish it, I…

Alone on the Holidays

With every holiday season, my thoughts turn toward all those who for one reason or another find themselves alone on a holiday. We put so much emphasis on celebrating with family and friends. It can be especially difficult if year after year you find yourself far away from family, whether physically or emotionally, when others…

Recognizing the Illusions

No one’s life is perfect, but really, doesn’t social media make it seem that some are quite close? If you are comparing your life to someone’s Facebook page, chances are you’re pitting your deepest heartaches and disappointments next to an airbrushed version of someone else’s life. Each time you will lose miserably. At least, I did….