Giving Space by Michele Fleming, Ph.D. Does this sound familiar?  You are having a conversation with a friend who holds thoughts and beliefs that are vastly different from yours.  Next thing you know, you start to get triggered – a slow rising of the need to be right.  To deliver a brilliant rebuttal.  Or to…

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So here we are still living in this new upside-down world of Covid19 and quarantine. It feels like I woke up in some weird alternate universe. Nothing is the same. For some of us, including me, the quarantine has been extended far beyond what I thought it would and has had a significant impact on…

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Romans 7:15. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Life is complex, often the same experience will hold both good and bad.   For example, I am grateful for our country’s awakening to injustice in our police force and I’m outraged by the death of George Floyd.   Maturity is engaging in all of…

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It felt like life was changing again for the better.  Restaurants were hanging “open for business” signs in their windows. “Come in” signs beckoned, calling out “please give us a try.”  Last Wednesday evening, I went out to a restaurant with my two older granddaughters. We sat in the dining room of a quaint little…

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In The Law of Happiness,  Dr. Cloud says,  “Happiness comes as a by-product of the “life well lived.” Number one, happiness can be found and there are principles and practices that revealed that. Number two, those principles and practices of the law of happiness are the ones that God has given all along in His…

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We each have a story.  Sometimes we love the story, and other times we’d rather opt out of our narrative and into another.  The beauty of your story is that even the difficult plot points, the ones that leave you a little bruised and broken, have the capacity for good and for redemption.  In fact,…

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A warning shot lets you know you should move. Duck or run. Do something. Get going. Don’t just stand still. It is a call to action. I am a Jack Reacher fan. He is the fictional character of author Lee Child. Jack is a man of action. He is retired army, military police, and now as…

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Here we are. Another week under our ever-expanding belts (maybe I should speak for myself). Okay, so my belt is expanding but it feels good to have another week behind me. I have been taking my own wise counsel from last week and plugging into divine strength to get through all this. I am doing better this…

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Last week, I watched a video that Dr. Cloud made available on “How to Stay Psychologically Healthy in Times of Crisis.” It was great to see Henry’s face since it has been months since I last saw him. Even more than that was gleaning some very helpful and practical advice. I hope you take the time to…

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These are unprecedented times – being a part of a global pandemic that’s in our country and if you’re like me, in my hometown. For myself, I’m not sleeping well and when I do, I’m having vivid dreams around the themes of not getting help, not being able to help, or someone getting sick. It doesn’t take…

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Hello again friends,Here we are. Another week under our ever-expanding belts (maybe I should speak for myself). Okay, so my belt is expanding but it feels good to have another week behind me. I have been taking my own wise counsel from last week and plugging into divine strength to get through all this. I am doing…

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I imagine most of us are trying to find our new normal during these trying times. Nothing could have really prepared us for this “shelter at home” quarantine. It’s not as if we had a drill to prepare us for anything like this. Many of us recall fire drills and earthquake drills from our school days. Sadly,…

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