• Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Chapter 14 & Conclusion

    Chapter 14: Living the Practice of Forgiveness Every Day Whew! We made it! Or do you feel like you’re just getting started? For me, this book located me somewhere in the middle of the journey that I had already started…but was sort of wandering in the dark without a road map; worldly views and misconceptions making for confusion. Biblical truths coming into focus has helped me to be at ease with the path I’ve travelled thus far, and gentle reminders that forgiveness isn’t a linear process where a finish line is crossed without ever a glance back. Rather, it’s a lot of back and forth. Progress and set-backs. But the…

  • 7 Reasons To Forgive When You Are Hurting

    I remember vividly when my husband left me. I told a friend, “It just doesn’t seem fair. I am hurting and he is living it up. He got off scot-free. ” My friend’s reply was thought-provoking: there really are reasons to forgive even when we are hurting. Why is it so hard to forgive when you are hurting? There are a lot of misconceptions wrapped up in the word “forgiveness”. Personally, forgiveness appeared to be condoning bad behavior. That was a lie. We need to let God take care of punishing or pardoning. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you are setting the offender free or excusing their actions. God sees and in His time will…

  • Refreshments with Friends

    When Friendship Turns Painful (Guest Post)

    Friends come in all varieties. You have the friend that has your back whether you are right or wrong, and will always take your side. You have the friend who will speak truth to you even when you don’t want to hear it, and hold you accountable for your actions. There is the friend that reminds you that Jesus is the answer to everything.  Also there is the friend that will dry your tears as she cries right along with you. Then you have the “friend” who uses words to speak hurt into you for the sake of building herself up. My Story of “That Friend” I was once told by…