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Dealing With Criticism

Steve and I were watching television recently, and he criticized me for some small issue. Because I can still slip back into being sensitive to criticism due to childhood traumas, I felt a stab in my heart. I was tired … Continue reading

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Be Ready

This past week as I rushed around doing errands, a song came on the radio. These two words seemed louder than the others: “Ready yourself.” I thought of the verse in Scripture that speaks about being ready: … always be … Continue reading

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Letting God Direct My Grieving

Not long ago I had prayed God would help me grieve over the loss of a dream in regard to one of my daughters. He was faithful to do that, but a short time after God showed me where I needed to grieve in my marriage, so He could … Continue reading

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Freedom To Receive God’s Strength

“I’d get a divorce…” the two men agreed when I asked: “If your spouse became severely mentally ill, would you stick by her?”  Both of these men work in the field of behavorial health taking care of acutely ill people.   “…especially if she refused to take her meds, ” said one … Continue reading

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Freedom from Demanding My Own Way

On this day 35 years ago I left my husband. We were on our honeymoon walking down the street in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  “Don’t you think it’s time we stopped for dinner?” I asked. I was an eat-meals-at-prescribed-times person at that phase in my life, and growing up our family ate dinner … Continue reading

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Freedom to Love In Marriage

“I, Elaine, take you, Stephen, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until … Continue reading

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