It’s Like Looking In A Mirror

  The similarities are striking.  And I’m not just referring to our blue eyes and blonde hair and big, plump lips. I’m talking about my first born, my oldest daughter.  I actually remember looking at her the first week of her life and my eyes would pool up with tears of joy and awe.  I […]

Great Expectations

As a practicing psychologist, I deal with people in pain every day.  And I find myself often discussing realistic and unrealistic expectations and how this impacts our mental health and our relationships with others.  And there is a powerful concept in psychology that research shows to be one of the most effective tools in managing […]

Glorifying God in 2013!

Happy New Year everyone!  I want to start off the year with a challenge for all of us.  To start the year by being open to hear and receive a FOCUS WORD-a word that God lays on your heart.  You can pray and ask God for clarity, asking perhaps any of the following… What does […]

The Pain and Pleasure of Being Pruned

  My sweet dad sent me this picture last week in a text, saying it was the last rose in bloom in his backyard garden.  It made me smile, because just a day before my sweet husband was pruning the roses out in front.  It is one of favorite things to do.  I don’t think […]


     Balance. I have been acutely aware of this concept lately, as I watch my 1-year-old son, Zachary, learn to walk.  He often has every intention of reaching his goal, but somehow, somewhere along the way, that little body of his fails him and he ends up on the ground, stunned at what just […]

Self-Confidence or God-Confidence?

  Our Oksol family memory verse for the week has been this: “So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” Hebrews 10:35-36 I have been acutely aware of confidence-related feelings […]

White as Snow

  “When did you give your life to the Lord?”, our Bible study leader asks the two homeless women we have been entrusted with to share the Good News.  As the six of us ladies from six very different pasts come together, one thing becomes clear-we have much in common. One opens her heart and […]

GRACE-the gift that keeps on giving!

Grace is one of those gifts of God that has a tendency to multiple itself when one truly understands the depths to which they have been given it.  God loves to grace His children.  Grace means “God’s favor”.  Did you know that God wants us to realize we have His favor so much that He […]

Perfectly Imperfect

I have to admit it.  I am a recovering perfectionist. Notice the interesting word choice when it comes to people having such problems. Recovering.  Not recovered. Satan often accuses my perfectionistic mind and tricks me into thinking that I should be reaching for some state of perfection in my Christian walk.  I become disillusioned and […]

A Cinderella Attitude in Cinderella Circumstances

    The other day my 7-year-old daughter and I popped in an oldie but goodie-Cinderella.  As the narrator began telling her story, one remembers her life did not start out as a fairytale-she was trapped, abused, and orphaned.  We then get our first glimpse of Cinderella and she isn’t crying in the corner-no!  She […]

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