Forgiveness

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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Wreck
Wreck

The new year is always a time of new beginnings. Is there anything you wish you could forget? Forgetfulness is usually problematic but sometimes there are things we wish we could leave in that past. They can even prevent us from becoming everything that we wish we could be. Have you ever wished there was a solution like the one presented in this...

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Venia
Venia

In 2007, mentally disturbed college student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 students and wounded many others before turning the gun on himself. How could the parents of freshman Mary Karen Read, one of those killed in the attack, find the strength to forgive the killer? The answer may rest in Mary's final journal entry before her death. Where do you find...

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Trying to Answer the Why?
Trying to Answer the Why?

We've all asked “why?” at some point or another.  Chris Keith has been asking why for most of his life. He was 12 years old when his grandparents decided he was old enough to know the truth.  His whole family - his parents and his older brother Mikey - did not die in a car accident as he has been told.  The were the victims of a murder-suicide...

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Why are Christians jerks?
Why are Christians jerks?

Ever run into a self-righteous loudmouthed Christian online? Sadly, you're probably not alone. Jonathan Acuff is the author of Stuff Christians Like, a blog that pokes gentle fun at Christian culture using humor and perceptive critiques. His post today for CNN is provocatively titled: "My Take: Why Christians are jerks online." He identifies two...

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What if I Mess Up?
What if I Mess Up?

Losing in an Olympic event would be feel disappointing, to say the least. Losing due to a technicality, when you had the best time and were expected to win, would be even harder. Losing a gold medal because of a coach's mistake? Devastating. That was exactly what Netherlands speed skater Sven Kramer faced at the 2010 Winter Olympics. As Kramer...

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When Words Need To Move Out
When Words Need To Move Out

We've all been there. Somebody says something to you and it feels like taking a sharp jab. Words can be painful and like a bruise, they can linger for a long time. Words are the most powerful thing in the world. They have the ability to completely restore and uplift, yet simultaneously they can keep us tortured and sleepless. How many sentences...

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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. ...

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