I have often thought that the first 10 years of a marriage are the hardest. You go from “me” to “us” and although it’s wonderful, it’s an adjustment to have to put another person’s interests before your own. One friend remarked, “I didn’t realize how selfish I was until I got married!” Marriage is a … Read More about Four Habits to Help You Build a Strong Marriage
This week I’m blogging over at Club31Women about how to heal relationships when there’s so much conflict everywhere. Here’s an excerpt: How can we handle conflict with people we love without making things worse? The past year has been full of conflicts for all of us. Family members have disagreed over masks and get-togethers. A grandmother … Read More about Facing Conflict with Friends, Family, or Fellow Church Members? Do These 4 Things.
We are walking into a new school year in which our kids are facing many unusual challenges. Covid has impacted each of us in different ways. And now the variant brings even more consternation. Mental health professionals are overwhelmed with clients, kids are depressed, parents fearful. Dissension over masks or no masks, shots or no … Read More about How to Pray for Your Kids and All the Challenges They Face this Fall
We are getting ready! They are about to arrive!!! Yes, the wild and crazy “Yates Family Camp” is just a few days away. Ordinarily we’d have 34 folks coming. COVID has messed with our plans a bit — perhaps that’s happened to you, too. Our Memphis kids can’t come. We will really miss those 7. … Read More about Wild and Crazy Family Camp: Worship, Food, and Fun
Torture. This is the word which describes my 5th Big Hike with my friend Melody. We were in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington State. Because of rain on one side of these mountains and smoke from recent fires on the other we had to alter our original plans at … Read More about Our Never-Again Hike! (Or, How God Provided in the Wilderness)
This week I’m blogging over at Club31Women about how to shift your perspective when you’re feeling totally stressed out. Here’s an excerpt: Dealing with stressful situations can feel overwhelming and overshadow everything else. But there are ways to gain some perspective. “Great is our Lord and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” Psalm … Read More about Feeling Stressed Out? These 3 Things Will Help!
Most often when we try to pray, we simply feel overwhelmed! There are so many needs: in our own families, our friends, our community, etc. We hardly know where to start. We might find ourselves simply saying, “God bless so and so.” Our prayer life feels anemic, and we don’t see a lot of answers … Read More about How to Pray for Your Marriage (A Peek at My Private Prayer Journal)
I do not like indecision or ambiguity. Decision-making causes me stress. Especially when there’s no clear path. Recently I was stressing over a decision that I thought I needed to make quickly. For several days my stomach was in knots. Fortunately, it was not a decision between right and wrong. It was merely a tough … Read More about Ten Questions to Ask When You Need to Make a Decision