God Rocks #10: Healing for Hurting Relationships

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

Divorce in our country is rampant. Over half of all marriages end in it. And by far the majority of serious relationships implode before they ever get to marriage.

 

Photo: Bert Kaufmann

Photo: Bert Kaufmann

 

 

The results are lives devastated. Families destroyed. Friends divided. Hearts broken. Confidence crushed.

 

Feeling as though your soul has been torn out. Your insides ripped apart.

 

Often it starts with a thoughtless comment or action. That’s followed by a sharp response. Retaliated by additional actions and words. Until the relationship spirals out of control.

Each feels the other one started it. Each one waits for the other to apologize and make amends.

Each thinks, “Well I’m not the one to blame.” And you know, they might be right. But the destruction is still just as real. [Read more...]

God Rocks #9: Finding Healing in our Failures

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

Unresolved guilt and shame is a leading cause of mental and emotional distress according to many authorities.

We hurt a loved one with a cutting word or betrayal. Then later we regret it and feel empty because we hurt the one we love.

 

Photo by Rowanhill

Photo by Rowanhill

 

 

We break our own moral values and wonder afterward, “How could I do something like that?” And we’re filled with shame and self condemnation.

 

So we try to fix the problem but sometimes we can’t.

 

So we ignore them thinking, “Well, everyone makes mistakes.”

And you know they do. But we’re still left with the lingering guilt which haunts us.

And often leaves us feeling far away from God. Maybe too far we think. [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “Majesty” by Michael W. Smith

Just a simple and beautiful song that touches my soul.

I hope it brightens your Sunday.

 

 

 

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Blessings!

God Rocks #8: Surprising Abundance

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

I had a front row seat watching the train wreck called the “Great Recession”. I fielded never ending phone calls from my clients who were terrified.

In a word the recession was mainly caused by greed.

 

Photo by Jose Manuel Rios Vallente

Photo by Jose Manuel Rios Vallente

 

Many people bought houses they knew they couldn’t afford to live the “American Dream.”

Others heading into retirement with nowhere near enough savings took long shot investments to make up for their lack.

Banks willingly made bad loans to collect fees. [Read more...]

God Rocks #7: Unthinkable Peace in the Midst of Grief

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

All of us suffer losses. The loss of a loved one, the devastation of a divorce, the implosion of a career, a financial collapse.

And it leaves us reeling. Shocked at first. Then devastated as reality sets in. Angry at God or someone else. And finally depressed when we realize we can’t turn back the loss.

 

 

Photo by renu parkhl

Photo by renu parkhl

 

 

Some of you maybe in the midst of this mourning right now.

 

Grief overwhelms you. You’ve fought it but now you’re just numb. And you don’t know the way back out to the sunshine. [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan

One of my favorite songs.  So many layers of meaning.

And such a great reminder to enjoy those we love when we have the opportunity.

Hope you enjoy this on your Sunday.

 

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God Rocks #6: Discovering Power When You’re in a Crisis

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

Have you ever come simply to the end of yourself in the midst of a crisis? Maybe you’re there right now.

Perhaps your marriage is struggling. Or your finances have imploded. Or your health isn’t.

 

Photo by Ivana Vasilj

Photo by Ivana Vasilj

 

You’ve tried everything. You’ve gone through counseling. You’ve read books. You’ve taken the treatments. But nothing works. And you don’t know what else to do. And you can’t see the way forward.

 

So here you are at the end of yourself feeling defeated and frustrated and hopeless.

I’ve been there too–several times. [Read more...]

God Rocks #5: Safety When the World’s Exploding

Part of the new series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

People are afraid right now in a way I’ve rarely seen. I notice it in talking with friends and reading Facebook and emails.

Frankly people have good reason to be scared.

Islamic terrorists are beheading people and threatening to attack us. Ebola is spreading into our country. Extreme weather is producing droughts in certain areas and floods in others.

 

Photo by Bryan Burke

Photo by Bryan Burke

 

 

Friends have said, “I’m not traveling anywhere. I’m staying close to home. I don’t even go out much. And no way am I getting me on an airplane.”

 

Yet, when we’re filled with fear it impacts all of our life. We simply stop living when we give into it. And then we lose. [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “Remember When it Rained” by Josh Groban

One of my favorites of Josh Groban.  Simply touches my heart whenever I hear it.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

 

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God Rocks #4: Miracles for Our Insignificant but Important Needs

Part of the new series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories of the awesome blessings and promises God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

The son of close friends along with his wife and two young children just left on a medical missions project.

We attended their church for a send off with their family and friends. Tears were shed and hugs given.

I can’t imagine embarking on this with two small children but they felt God’s calling and went.

When they arrived at the training facility in Hawaii one of insignificant but important items they had to leave behind was the jumper for their infant.

 

Baby in Jumper

 

Remembering our children at that age it seems insignificant yet can be so important to have something like a jumper or windup swing. Put them in it. They’re happy. And you can fix dinner, use the bathroom or even glance at a book for five minutes.

 

But they couldn’t bring it so now what? [Read more...]