What Are Your Friendship Expectations?

I financially support  New Life Ministries so they mail me a CD every month. I love those CDs because they contain a variety of callers and Godly, psychologically based speakers. This month’s CD featured Dr. John Townsend of the mega-bestselling Boundaries books.   He said some people just fall into relationships without ever asking what they need from a relationship. They get married or...
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A Few of My Favorite Things – Christmas Ideas for Men

Yesterday I shared a few of my favorite Christmas gift ideas for women. Today I’ll add some ideas for men.   I saw these on FOX News the other day. Man Crates are boxes filled with high quality items of your choosing. Many of the crates get four or five stars reviews. You pick items related to food, beer, grilling, etc. The best part of this gift is watching your man use the crowbar to...
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A Few of My Favorite Things – Christmas Ideas for Women

In July, I asked my Facebook friends if they had one album they could play one thousand times what would it be? For me it would be Brandi Carlile’s Bear Creek. My friend Kim Hill, herself an incredible musician recommended The Highway by Holly Williams (daughter of Hank Williams Jr).  I got the album and she was right! A few months later I even got to meet Holly and her famous Nashville...
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A Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Thanks for coming here friend,   Just a reminder that Thanksgiving is about thanking God, and being with friends and family.   Here are my top three tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving.     1. Print out the FlyLady’s PDF. She shares traditional recipes and even gives you the recipes and day by day, hour by hour timeline. I used this every year.   2. Read Shauna...
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Scary Close by Donald Miller — order now they’ll send you the Blue Like Jazz audio book and Scary Close soundtrack

    I’m always talking about intimacy. Not sexual intimacy but emotional intimacy.   Here are a few posts I’ve writen:   *Maybe It’s You Who Has a Fear of Intimacy  *A Healthy Voyeurism   I even made the focus of my graduate school thesis about intimacy.   If you’ve read my book Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World  you...
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Ten Ways to Respond When Someone Wounds You With Their Words

It was unexpected. Someone I most admired pulled out one of those little stiletto knives, thrust it into my gut, and twisted before I even knew what hit me. Breathing was difficult, I felt dizzy and sick. I felt like a failure. Felt bad to be in my own skin.   Ashamed.   Of course, it wasn’t a real knife, but the pain of it hurt no less than a friend unexpectedly sticking an...
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