Monthly Archives: September 2012

Perfect Love is Like Plant Photosynthesis, Part 2

If we are involved with a mate who seriously neglects our needs while demanding everything from us, we can follow three steps to restore our spiritual and emotional strength. First, we can turn to the only source of true love … Continue reading

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Perfect Love is Like Plant Photosynthesis, Part 1

The love between a husband and wife can be compared to plant photosynthesis, which involves three phases: 1) Light Absorption, 2) Carbon Fixation, and 3) Water Splitting. In the Light Absorption Phase, plants take in sunlight to make energy. As … Continue reading

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Are You Better Than Your Enemy?

If I look at myself as better than my enemies, I can never see them as God does. He looks at men and women whom he created in His image. In spite of their sins, he still loves them. God … Continue reading

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What Do You Need to Forgive?

When someone we love shatters our trust with abuse, it is very hard to forgive. If the abuse occurred repeatedly during childhood, years of psychological and physical damage lie buried beneath multiple layers of self-protective armor. Our spirits cry out … Continue reading

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Are You a Winner or a Whiner?

When we find ourselves in challenging relationships, memories can be particularly difficult to retrieve, because extreme stress can blind us to the normal course of events that surround us. Recently, I’ve discovered that there are three steps all of us … Continue reading

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Reduce a Soldier’s Risk for PTSD

Many of us are addressing the needs of the returning veteran. But what about those military members who continue to serve? Our military maintains a presence all over the world, which means that at any given time, many members are … Continue reading

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Go With the Flow, Don’t Control

In the past two weeks, our dryer quit, our bathroom sink backed up, our kitchen drain failed, and our dishwasher died. Thankfully, the person who sold us our house purchased a homeowner’s warranty to cover the major expenses related to … Continue reading

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Why Does a Vet’s Behavior Change After Combat?

Why is My Veteran So Different? Families of returning veterans often have difficulty relating to them, because their behaviors seem so different. When my son came back from a second deployment in Iraq, it felt as if a stranger had … Continue reading

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