Painful Circumstances

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Why Is Judging Others A Problem For Us?

Since I have done my fair share of judging others in my life, I was a little concerned when I arrived at Costco about what others would think. Would their judgments pierce my heart and create an uneasiness to do what was best for me? I have been on both ends of the spectrum. I know judging is problematic and it hurts not only those that judge but those that are judged....

Is Unconditional Love Even Possible?

I stood outside the door as I often did –  trying to prepare myself for what was to occur. I pondered, “Had I made a mistake, was I wrong to come yet again?” I could hear the voices of so many, “Why do you go, she doesn’t want you?” “Why do you put yourself through such pain?” “Let her long for you.” or  “Tough love is what she needs not unconditional love.” Their words left me wondering, was this too...

When Holiday Traditions Hurt

Maybe you are a little bit like me, and planning for the holidays and creating lasting traditions is just who you are. You love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt? Maybe circumstances have made the traditions impossible, or someone is missing from the celebrations. Traditions once loved can now feel unbearable to carry on. Back in 2008, my heart ached at every step of...

How to find peace in unwanted circumstances

As I am standing in inches of toilet water, I am thinking to myself, “THIS IS NOT WHAT I NEED.” It has been a week full of heart-wrenching difficult things. Indeed, I cried out, “God, could I not get a tiny bitty break – my heart is already bleeding from within.” With no audible answer from God, I quickly took hold of him, with all of my being. My circumstances seemed cruel, and yet I moved forward with mind, body, and...

What do you need most in trying circumstances?

I awakened in the morning and something seemed, amiss but I couldn’t quite figure it out. Still groggy and searching for something wrong, I crept out of bed. Barefoot and still in pajamas, I ran down the stairs towards the noise – that strange noise. My kids were still fast asleep, and my husband was out of town, so I felt I had to be the brave one. My feet hit the cold marble floor and to my surprise things...