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Aug
27

Can You Name the Ache of Your Heart?

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contemplative lookEvery little girl longs to live the fairy tale, to be the princess who is carried away on a white horse by her prince, her one true love. Every little boy longs to be that prince who disregards danger because of the burning passion in his heart for his princess. Every heart longs to live in a kingdom of glory and freedom where the streets are filled with dancing and feasting and life is celebrated.

But life has a way of ripping the fairy tale ending to shreds leaving us afraid to long, reluctant to trust, and refusing to risk. Our friendships, our families, our marriages, and our relationship with God suffers.

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My life journey has taught me about relationships. What I now know about healthy relationships reflects years of good, bad, and ugly relationships. Relationships can build us up or tear us down. Relationship mistakes can leave us shipwrecked, damaged, drained, and generally just off course. Here are a few principles I’ve learned throughout the years. 

1. We were made for relationships. In the very beginning, God said that it wasn’t good for man to be alone, and He later established His church and pictured it as a body in which all the parts need each other.  

2. Good relationships require work. Just like a productive garden requires weeding, feeding, and watering, a good relationship will need attending to.  

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Aug
02

A Little Wisdom from a Fat Cat

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garfieldI felt the nudge. I took the risk.

“Have you ever heard of Garfield, the cat on the cartoons?”

The quizzical look on her face said, “And what does that have to do with anything?” She cautiously answered, “Yes.”

So I figured I’d already hung myself by using Garfield as a reference; might as well go for it now.

“When my kids were little, I heard Garfield say something once that stuck with me and I think it might be helpful to you.”

At that point, I imagine she was thinking, “Really????”  Nonetheless, I proceeded.

Garfield said, “Yard by yard, life’s real hard. Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.”

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