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One Hour to Live


Author Stephen Levine asks the question, “If you had an hour to live and could make only one phone call—who would you call, what would you say, and why are you waiting?” Stephen continues, “Who knows what we are waiting for? Perhaps we want to believe we will live forever, or that “someday” we will get around to telling the people we love, just how much we love them. Whatever the reasons, most of us simply wait too long. “

Say, “I’m Sorry”


Can you say, “I’m sorry?”

Mark Tyrell, therapist, speaker and author says: “Some people do not apologize, and can never admit they were wrong. Sorry isn’t a word they can say unless they are asking you to be.

People who don’t say sorry to their partner are much less likely to ever become married, or if they do they are much less likely to stay married. Never or seldom apologizing is a relationship crusher because one partner ends up feeling always in the wrong.”

Life’s Journey


Life is like a journey on a train with its stations, with changes of routes and with accidents! At birth, we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side.  However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey […]

Do Your Pastors Know?


We need to find ways to reassure, support and remind our pastors that they are valued, liked and have made a difference in our lives.

Do I thank my pastors often? Not often enough. I am working on it, and I hope you will too.

It would be so meaningful if after the worship service you would take the time to say, “That was a good message.” But don’t stop there, tell him or her why it was meaningful or good to you. For example, tell your pastor:

What advice do you give to an adult son who is being abused by his mother?


Dear Karen,

I have a friend who’s elderly mother has always been emotionally controlling, abusive and just down right mean. I would describe her as “toxic”, just full of venom. She seems to have never learned any other way to get her needs met. I would say she is mentally ill. Her son, my friend, is the only family member willing to make sure she is cared for. What is your advice for the son in this case… day after day, week after week subjected to the assaults to his heart, soul and humanity as he tries to do the right thing for his mother? – Sarah

Relationships: Troubled and Broken (Friends and Relatives)


  Unwise Counsel I was devastated.  My sister, who had been one of my best friends, and I had had a falling out.  Despite my efforts to mend the situation she would not speak to me. A certain circumstance compelled me to share my heartache with a friend.  I briefly spoke of the root of […]

Do You Have a Hole in Your Heart?


  Perhaps the wound is old, a parent abused you, a teacher slighted you . . . And you are angry. Or perhaps the wound is fresh.  The friend who owes you money just drove by in a new car.  The boss who hired you with promises of promotions has forgotten how to pronounce your […]