How I'm Fighting Resentment as a Stepmom

“Will you always be my stepmom?” Down went the clean laundry I was busy folding.  I looked up.  My stepson was watching me intently.  It was just the two of us, in a rare bit of quiet.  I searched for an answer. “Well, I will be your stepmom as long as your daddy and I are married.”  I wanted to be accurate, but also reassuring....

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Peace…Where Are You?
Peace...Where Are You?

Peace – it’s elusive sometimes, isn’t it? What happens when peace disintegrates into chaos, when a husband loses his job and finances are cut off, when a child is in a car wreck? What happens to peace when the repo man stands knocking at the door, or pain strikes the chest and there is no insurance? Where does it go when the cupboard holds...

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Where Do All the Broken People Go?
Where Do All the Broken People Go?

“Where do all the broken people go? Third stool from the corner, that’s my place.” We’re all looking for shelter, for somewhere we belong. That need for community, for intimacy, is one of the deepest longings of the human heart. Where do you run to when the world comes crashing in? Take the next step: Community changes everything Need...

Holidays Hard On Love?
Holidays Hard On Love?

Did you realize that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the time spouses and family members are most ignored? Why? We get so busy doing things for our families that we don't take the time to spend with them. So take a few moments and express your devotion to each other. Are you mutually devoted? Then declare it! There is nothing quite...

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3 Destructive Thoughts
3 Destructive Thoughts

You know there’s some lines of thought that are so destructive when it comes to parenting. Destructive line of thought #1: I’ll work hard now and be able to play later. One line of thought is this: Well I’ll work hard now and be able to play later. You know what? That’s a delusion. I’ve hardly ever met a business man or woman who...

What is the “unforgivable sin?”
What is the "unforgivable sin?"

Struggling to forgive someone? Not feeling forgiven yourself? Confide in an email mentor <<WATCH NOW. GOD HASN'T ABANDONED YOU. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone...

Healing a Marriage
Healing a Marriage

By Tom Archibald and Suellen Beatty, as told by L. Wang TOM: Suellen likes to introduce me as her first and third husband because it surprises people. I can see why some people think it’s shocking and I guess it is, but I am so grateful to God that I have the privilege of being her husband today. A marriage  with God in it is so different...

Why Is It So Hard To Forgive?
Why Is It So Hard To Forgive?

Human behavior suggests that people are “hard-wired" to retaliate when they have been hurt by another person.  Our pride or self-esteem is injured. Our expectations or dreams are disappointed.  We lose something very valuable to us.  We want recompense for the damages. But there are other resistances which block our motivation to forgive. ...