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Developing Respect

Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something that is considered important, or held in high esteem or regard; it conveys a sense of admiration for good or valuable qualities; and it is also the process of honoring someone by exhibiting care, concern, or consideration for their needs or feelings. In Thai society it is expected to pay a lot of respect to people. The respect…

Healthier Relationships How?

When I first moved overseas I needed to learn a new language. As I learned the ins and outs of reading, writing and speaking this foreign language, I encountered many moments of miscommunication and misunderstanding. I soon learned, however, that miscommunication and misunderstanding aren't unique to learning foreign languages; they are potential stumbling blocks for everyone, everywhere, even for…

Becoming A Better Listener

Hearing refers to the sounds that enter your ears. It is a physical process that, provided you do not have any hearing problems, happens automatically. Listening, however, requires...

A Good Steward

Over the last couple of years, I have been learning a lot about how to better blend the responsibilities of work and home. In addition to this, I have recently been learning of the need to blend the responsibilities of work and home to also include friendships and relationships. This is something new for me because I was always focused on either work or home. But a complete life is not just honoring…

Slinging Mud

When I was a kid I remember playing in the dirt and mud with my Tonka trucks. Those times were fun because there was something great about getting dirty. I also remember that sometimes my friends and I would have mud fights, and while I valiantly tried to win the "war" by escaping mudsling after mudsling, I often came home covered in mud. Today I no longer play with trucks in the mud with friends…

Fresh Sails

"Create in me a pure heart, O God"...

That’s the familiar tune we all know, but the writer of The Message puts it as follows,

‘Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. God, make…

Total Forgiveness

Does unforgiveness affect us as believers? I think many of us would agree that it does. So then why is it hard to forgive some people? As someone who has harbored unforgiveness towards others more times than I care to admit, I know this is still an area of growth for me.

Sometimes I find it more comforting to hold on to the offense than to walk away from the disappointment, anger, frustration,…

Keep Pursuing

I am always being challenged in my walk to pursue greater maturity that reflects Christ in all that I do, whether in a public or private setting. I believe that the pursuit of greater spiritual growth is not dependent upon my feelings but upon His command to FLEE immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18), be STRONG in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10), and PURSUE righteousness (2 Timothy 2:22).

We can only…

An Inner Peace

These last few weeks have not gone as well as I would have liked. Situations arose that were out of my control and I felt helpless. Emotions and feelings entered my mind that made me quite discouraged. I am not sure if you have ever felt like that but I do from time to time. After about a week or so of feeling pretty helpless and discouraged, I spent an evening simply pouring out my heart to God…

Worthy of Praise

In my Bible I have highlighted Psalm 103:1-5. It says:

"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like…