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The Ignoring

theangerofabb

nicholascageThe Ignoring is a brand new movie starring Nicholas Cage…not. The Ignoring is what I dealt with for over a month here recently. I would come home. I would say something to my husband. I would be met with silence. I would text my husband. I would be met with no reply. It got to the point where he would just look at me and glare. This glare was in response to the following situations.

Me: I got you frozen pizzas

Him: *Glare*

This isn’t because he doesn’t like frozen pizza, he freaking loves frozen pizza; it’s a large part of his diet, about sixty-five percent or so.

Me: How are you today?

Him: *Glare*

Me: How’s your family?

Him: *Glare*

Me: Do you want to go out for dinner?

Him *Glare*

Although, he would occasionally spout that he didn’t have money for dinner, I mostly got the glare response…

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Porn Plague

http://www.charismamag.com/life/men/23147-3-ways-porn-steals-from-your-marriage

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Porn Is Stealing From Your Marriage

Craig T. Owens

Fight The New DrugHere is a great article from Stephen Miller entitled 3 Ways Porn Steals From Your Marriage. Pornography is a disease that is devastating families!

Miller says, “This isn’t a how-to article on eliminating porn from your life. In marriage mentoring and counseling, I have seen countless men addicted to pornography. The ones who have successfully been delivered from that addiction all had several things in common. They recognized what their addiction was doing to their relationship with God, they recognized what their sin was doing to their relationship with their wife and they recognized the very real capability of sexual sin passing down through the generations to their children. They then after reviewing all the evidence, made a firm decision that they wanted pure relationships more than secret sin.” (emphasis added)

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Augustine On Prayer

Amen! Amen!

Craig T. Owens

AugustineSome great quotes from Augustine on prayer…

“O Lord, the house of my soul is narrow; enlarge it that You may enter in. It is ruined, O repair it! It displeases Your sight; I confess it, I know. But who shall cleanse it, or to whom show I cry but unto You? Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord, and spare Your servant from strange sins.” —Augustine

“Grant us in all our duties Your help, in all our perplexities Your guidance, in all our dangers Your protection, and in all our sorrows Your peace.” —Augustine

“Grant unto me Your servant: To my God—a heart of flame. To my fellow man—a heart of love. To myself—a heart of steel.” —Augustine

“Hear, Lord, my prayer; let not my soul faint under Your discipline, nor let me faint in confessing unto You all Your mercies, whereby You have drawn me out of all my…

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Silent Healing

Amen.

A Pastor's Thoughts

PoemanAbba Poemen said of Abba Nisterus that he was like the serpent of brass which Moses made for the healing of the people: he possessed all virtue and without speaking, he healed everyone.

—sayings of the desert

There is great power in silent centering on God. We are pressed to be vocal and aggressive – even in prayer. I can well remember when the reason I didn’t want to pray in public was because I lacked the spontaneity of some others I knew. The monk tells us that we see great healing when we silently approach God with the needs of others. There are certain times when just being in the presence of prayer heals.

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Defensiveness Is Killing Your Relationships – How To Recognize It and What To Do About It

Very helpful.

Leading with Trust

DefensivenessYour defensiveness is killing your relationships and you don’t even realize it.

What? Me being defensive? I’m not defensive! YOU’RE the one that’s always defensive!

That’s a classic defensive response to a piece of feedback. Throw up a wall, rebut the statement, and accuse the other person of the same complaint. The sad thing is many of us react defensively without even thinking about it. In her book, A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives, Cordelia Fine points out that we think other people’s bad behavior toward us is intentional, but we dismiss our own bad behavior as inadvertent, a mistake, or unavoidable due to circumstances out of our control. This allows us to feel morally superior to the other person while simultaneously protecting our ego from the possibility that we may actually be incompetent or acting like a jerk.

The Causes of Defensiveness

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