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Why Are Bad Habits Hard to Break?

Why Are Bad Habits Hard to Break?

Why Are Habits Hard to Break? Many times, it takes a crisis to change our negative habits. We tend to reject the law that protects us. This is the law of sin and death. Our human flesh causes us to sin and not trust the God that wants to protect us from ourselves. The...

A Reminder of the True Meaning of Christmas

A Reminder of the True Meaning of Christmas

Have you ever been in a car accident and experienced everything in slow motion? So many thoughts and emotions flood your mind simultaneously that you cannot process it all in the moment. Time seems to stand still. I think Mary must have responded this way when an...

Do You Have Idols in Your Life?

Do You Have Idols in Your Life?

What are Idols? Websters Dictionary says an idol is: “an object of extreme devotion; a representation or symbol of an object of worship broadly: a false god”. Do we control Idolatry or does it control us? We all want to be significant and liked by others. When we are...

Why is Forgiveness Important?

Why is Forgiveness Important?

Forgiveness and Release Do you have something or someone in your past that you have been unable to forgive? Have you said at one point in your life, “I will never be like… or I am never going to let someone in my life like that again.” As we talked about in the trust...

How to Cope with Holiday Stress

How to Cope with Holiday Stress

How can you spend time with relatives and not be let down? It’s inevitable that gathering groups of different people in the same room will cause some sort of stress, if not utter chaos. Differences in family or personal values, politics, and even sports teams can turn a beautiful family reunion upside-down in a hurry.

Judgments, Vows, and Generalizations, Oh My!

Judgments, Vows, and Generalizations, Oh My!

“Watch your thoughts, they become words ... watch your words, they become actions ... watch your actions, they become habits ... watch your habits, they become character ... watch your character, it becomes your destiny!” The by which we make sense of our world and...

Pain is Inevitable but Misery is Optional

Pain is Inevitable but Misery is Optional

Jesus said in John 16:33: In the world, you will have tribulation but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. We can’t choose the pain we go through, but we can choose the attitude we have as we go through our pain. We can whine and be miserable and tell everyone...

Tips for Communicating with your Spouse

Tips for Communicating with your Spouse

The other day, Pauly and I had to use all the communication skills we had just taught. She said sometimes she talks or asks questions just to reach out or get close to me. In our workshops, we call this “small talk” or the “conversive” style. I think she’s rehashing...

The Physical Area of Life

The Physical Area of Life

The 7 Areas of Life We are now going to talk about the Physical area of life. This is just one of The Seven Areas of Life we have been looking at. It is important to get our cues from the word of God as well as those who are experts in this area. As we discussed...

If I Had My Life to Live Over

If I Had My Life to Live Over

These past few months I have seen a few funerals. It makes you think how you would live your life. Here are some great ideas from Erma Bombeck about how to live life well... IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck  (written after she found out she was dying...

Top 10 Tips For Summer Vacation Fun

Top 10 Tips For Summer Vacation Fun

1. GET AWAY ! 2. When traveling on a long trip, wrap inexpensive gifts to give small children to keep them occupied along the way. 3. Plan together as a family—it will help with the expectations 4. Try to do things that are fun for each family member. 5. Leave cell...

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