It's difficult to plan a future with someone who doesn't have any plans for their own future. This is what makes it so important to really get to know someone as well as their hopes, dreams and ambitions, before you commit to them.
That night at home, I studied myself in the mirror. I brushed my growing hair carefully, groomed my eyebrows, and practiced throwing sultry looks at my reflection. After a lifetime of feeling ugly, suddenly, in a singular, slow-motion instant, everything had shifted.
After you take that last step down the staircase, put your armful of French toast, coffee, sheets and comforter down for a minute to grab that vacuum and Hoover mini-carpet cleaner out of the closet.
Holding grudges, anger, hatred, bitterness, coldness, doubts, fears and judgments are not what you were born to feel. Those emotions deplete and wear you down. Loving-Kindness is a healing process. A way to center yourself into peace of mind and heart. It improves the quality of your life.
Mother's Day has largely been a non-event in our house. It isn't particularly happy or sad. It just is. Our children may not have their mothers in their lives the way many of their friends do or the way they would wish, but they do have two loving, involved and committed parents.
In this world, our children are forever irreplaceable. No matter how many more children a person can have, there is no possible way to replace the void that a child left. No possible way. They are forever our's, no matter if they are still in our arms. They are irreplaceable.
This year marks 18 years with my best friend and wife Megan. Just like everyone else, we have been through a lot together -- mostly good, some bad. Just like you, I'm a work in progress and don't have this all figured out. Here are a few things I've learned along this journey.
Dating is a venue for creating a rewarding connection with another person. We want to believe all of this just happens naturally. Sometimes it does. However, the ease we assume should be automatic is actually the result of having these five factors understood and exhibited.
Because they come from our heads (intellect) rather than our hearts, perhaps all words referring to God do nothing but get in the way, building a sense of separation from It. Perhaps Divinity lives so fully in our hearts as a feeling that the minute we name or label It something we automatically limit our experience of It by drawing boundaries around It.
We produce oxytocin when we're feeling love or connection (with a human, animal, tree, spiritual deity) and also when we hug. Here's a little summary of some of the healthy things that happen in our bodies when we produce oxytocin.
"There are times I will need ropes and ladders and caribiners and helmets just to climb down into myself." Madeline DeVries shatters into shards, tortured by music and memories. She crumbles as her eyes accuse.
Holy and righteous people aren't idol-worshippers or backstabbers or God-haters. We don't gossip, murder, tell lies, steal, or have immoral thoughts. It doesn't square with who we are. We are confident in our understanding of who we are in Christ.
I feel as if our life's story has been ripped in half. The latter chapters were snatched away and callously thrown into the wind. I've tried to recapture some of the pages, frantically grasping whatever I could as they whirled about.
This past spring weekend my husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day -- belatedly. On February 14th, we had planned a romantic evening at a nice restaurant where we would also celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Instead we ended up in a snow bank.
Often, we overlook flaws because we fall in love with a person. This is admirable, but we also have to recognize the principles that mold a partner into a soulmate -- those elements that fortify a loving bond for the long run. Consider these seven qualities as essential to fostering an incredible, lifelong partnership...
Another drinking holiday, another douchebag. The Cinco de Mayo douches might seem similar in nature to our St. Patrick's Day Dicks, but there are few differences to make note of. Here are five DB's to look out for on the fifth!