Category Archives: Relationships

How Many Apologies Does It Take?

So you’ve messed up and apologized. You only owe one apology per offense, right? Not necessarily. Yes, the person you wronged is commanded to be quick to forgive you, but some cases can be better resolved after multiple apologies. Likewise, several layers of apologies may be helpful to restore intimacy. As a Christian, you are not […]

Co-Dependent on Purpose: A Modern Day Parenting Identity

In the back of your mind, co-dependency is known to be a bad thing; but if you’re a parent with kids at home right now, you might be in a co-dependent relationship with one or more of your kids anyway. If you feel like you’re living your son’s or daughter’s life almost as much as s/he is, […]

Where Are You On The Praying-With-Your-Spouse Spectrum?

Being married, especially if you have kids, comes with pressing demands and responsibilities. When discussing schedules and logistics, it can be a good opportunity to evaluate your prayer time to see if any change is desired. Consider where you might plot intercession if you and your spouse were looking at a prayer scale: On one extreme of the […]

When Sisters in Christ Don’t Get Along

It’s not hidden somewhere in the details of Numbers or in the symbols of Revelation. No, right in the midst of one of the most read books and passages of the bible you will find Paul speaking to an issue very pertinent to women. And while you may not find it to be nearly as familiar […]

Understanding Your Friends Who Have Experienced Trauma

Do you know anyone who has experienced trauma at some point – such as having been abused or shamed as a child, utterly rejected by a loved one, or faced extreme trials or loss? And if all is well now, you may be wondering why such intense emotionality remains. Read in her own words how someone with past […]

What’s In Your Emergency Survival Kit?

You’ve got your flashlight should you lose power, and your water bottles should the stores run out, but what do you have at the ready when you are struck with a serious emotional situation? There’s a good chance you may never find yourself trapped or stranded without water or a flashlight, but if you interact […]

You’ve Been Lied To

Media’s message to singles: “You have the individual need and right to have sex whenever you want, with whomever you want. Waiting for marriage is not only a thing of the past, but there’s something not really right with you if you do. Its perfectly ok if you’re not tolerant when it comes to virgins.” […]

What if Mary of Bethany had been Your Girlfriend?

You could say she is a celebrity. Her hometown, Bethany…her sister, Martha…and her brother, Lazarus…all helped make her famous (Luke 7; Luke 10; John 12). But stripping all of that away, who was this Mary? Her qualities were as follows: Sat at the feet of Jesus Was teachable, especially by the Lord Chose good things […]

What if Stephen had been Your Boyfriend?

When Christians talk about Stephen’s story of martyrdom, understandably a lot of focus is on Stephen’s final hours, when he saw Jesus in heaven. But there is a larger picture (Acts 6-7) of this man who was chosen by the disciples to help carry out their work. His qualities were as follows: Cared about widows Had […]

Are You as Responsible as You Think You Are?

You know the obvious traits of a responsible person, such as keeping up with your belongings, showing up to work or school on time, paying your bills, and prioritizing your daily activities. Those skills are taught from an early age and are somewhat reinforced in this culture. However, there is a deeper layer of personal […]