Missing Summer Camp? How to Deal With It
Summer camp alumni will be quick to tell you that most campers spend their time away from their cabins counting down the days until the next season. While you can’t magically get someone to open wide the gates to camp, there are some things you can do to make the time pass faster. When you find yourself with a case of camp sickness, use these ideas to recreate that cozy camp feeling.It’s Their Life (and Ours Is Ours)
Having three adult daughters, I find watching their lives as a parent a wonderful pastime, but one not without its cares. Each is different to the other two. Each one looks for different things in their partners. And there are differences in their interests, too. As sisters they’re quite different, and that diversity is something to celebrate. As a parent those cares sometimes morph into concerns, but not because of who they are or for the decisions they make; it’s just the domain of the parent.But, That’s Not How They Think
We think, as a default line of thinking, that we know what others think. But, if we cannot predict what God is thinking, and He is righteous and steady, how can we think we know how wayward people think?Forgiveness, the Barrier of Fear, and the Faith of Bravery
I discovered this basically by accident, by the way of learning something in a way we learn all great things we learn. We cannot forgive unless we feel for the perpetrator who acted against us. We cannot let them off unless we see in ourselves the same propensity to afflict that pain. As they have done, we also are capable. We must see that.Relationships: Is Femininity Good And Masculinity Bad?
If one was to hear about an abusive relationship, there is a strong chance that this would involve someone who uses force to cause harm. This could mean that they use their body to do this and/or they might only use words.Controlling Behavior: Are Your Eyes On Your Partner’s Plate?
It is often tempting to tell others what to do, especially when it is obvious that they are not taking care of themselves. Discover why this usually backfires and what to do instead.How Relationships Can Be Easy – 4 Keys to Loving Relationships
Creating a loving relationship doesn’t have to be as hard as you might think! As most of us know, relationships can be very challenging. We generally enter a relationship with many unhealed wounds from childhood.Why Forgiveness Is Not About Closure, But Resolution
One of the purposes of conflict resolution is forgiveness, so quarrels are stopped quickly, for if they’re prolonged, hatred is stirred up, which leads to strife. And this is a lamentable result in any event; reprehensible between, or involving, Christians, who are devoted to their Lord of love.Everything Old Is Getting Older Still
A friend of mine has a saying, “I’m going to get as old as I possibly can get.” From what I can tell, he has. I must agree with his sentiment. Of course, the alternative is… well you know. Another friend of mine likes to tell me, “Brother, you’re only as old as you feel.” I am not sure how old feels or if wrinkles are involved. But, I am feeling quite fine, thank you. Just the other day the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage came in from her workshop, sat down on the couch and said, “Whew, I feel like a hundred.” At the time, I did not know if she was talking about dollars, pounds or years. Being the old fogey that I am, I know there are times when silence is golden and this was one of those golden moments. But, what does a hundred feel like? Is there some special sensation that pulsates through the body when a person reaches that age level? Or, is it the absence of anything pulsating through your body?How To Forgive
Do you want to forgive yourself or someone else, but you just can’t seem to get there? Learn how to forgive in this article.The Gifts Of Laughter And Tears
When you do not allow yourself to express yourself with laughter and tears, physical pain, due to stress and a lack of passion for life, may be the result. Ron grew up in a household where laughter and tears were never expressed. Anger was the main feeling expressed by his mother, while his father was mostly withdrawn.Kind at the Beginning, Critical Later – Why?
How often have you had the experience of feeling someone’s kindness, only to feel deeply criticized as the relationship progressed? This was Leslie’s experience and she is struggling with whether or not it was her fault: “My last relationship started with him being kind and attentive, but ended with him criticizing and blaming me. I am worried that I turned him into this.