On the radio the past few days, the DJs have been asking what people really want for Valentine’s Day from their significant other. Is it the typical chocolate, flowers, and jewelry? Or is it something else? A clean house, time alone together, a nice dinner, a thoughtful gesture? What kind of demonstration of love are… Continue reading What I Really Want for Valentine’s Day
There’s a stunning sunset Happening in your mind, Or maybe you’re peering Over the edge of a waterfall To the place where The river crashes into a rainbow. Maybe there’s the fireworks of a dream Exploding in your thoughts, Or maybe there’s the smallest flicker Of a candle flame burning through The… Continue reading The Priceless Gift of Your Soul
At the beginning of this year, I wrote about how I wanted 2018 to be the relationship year (see this blog post). I wrote about how I wanted to be active in cultivating my relationships with others – by listening actively, reaching out regularly, keeping my schedule clear, being generous with my time and money,… Continue reading 2018 – The Moments that Became Memories
I promise to get to know you and care about what’s important to you. I promise to listen to your voice and value your opinion. I promise to believe the best of you, no matter what has happened in previous years or even previous days. I promise to forgive you when your actions have hurt… Continue reading A Pledge to My Students
Let me let you in on a little secret about myself: I hate conflict. I hate the feeling that someone is upset with me or that I’m upset with them. I hate having to think about confronting someone about said conflict. When I teach my students about conflict resolution, the first option on the chart… Continue reading Learning to Speak the Truth in Love
I need to confess something. I have been selfish in the past about my friendships and the labels I felt it was important to put on them. I have been jealous of other people’s friendships, and I have been clingy to my own. But God is gracious to me, and His work on my heart… Continue reading Is It Necessary to Have a Best Friend?
At some point in time (probably in the 40’s or 50’s), someone decided that it was better to replace the word “sex” with the euphemism “intimacy” or “being intimate.” And because of this, to this day, many older people will blush if you use the term “intimacy” around them, assuming you’re referring to sex. But… Continue reading Intimacy Re-imagined