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Defending Our Right To Feel Bad …

photo credit: gogoloopie I recently had a conversation with a loved one who was bemoaning her present life circumstances. She spoke about how hard life was for her family right now, and about how life had put SOOOOO much on her plate, that it felt unbearable at times, like it was all just too much. She then proceeded to list all the “hard stuff” that

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Is My Message Anti-Christian? (part one)

photo credit: koelk_h Recently I’ve gotten a couple of notes from readers voicing concern that my message and recommendations might be anti-Christian. I see such open inquiries as a prompting for me to clarify my thoughts. I decided it might be helpful for me to say a few words about my own journey of faith, and in that way, leave it up to you to

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Choosing to love, no matter what

  Family relations can be so complex sometimes. It’s not unusual for family members to feel the need to distance themselves from one another for varying periods of time during the heat of a misunderstanding. During such times, it helps to remind ourselves that these (more often than not) temporary reprieves we sometimes take can provide breathing room for us and allows us to clear

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They Make My Life miserable

I received this email request for counsel from J, a subscriber, and decided to share our back and forth exchange (with slight editing for purposes of confidentiality) because it is SO relevant to those of us who tend to believe that others keep us from being happy. Hope it brings light and empowerment your way. Blessings, Lynne photo credit: evantroborg3000 Lynne, Thanks for all your

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The Family Scapegoat

by aka Quique Dysfunctional families are those who are stuck in victim mentality. Every dysfunctional family needs a scapegoat. What is victim mentality? It’s a state of mind that is perpetually looking for something “out there” to blame for the situations and encounters that are happening in life. Victim mentality is the result of a dysfunctional family system. When the significant caregivers in the family

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