Feeling Good about yourself is Essential for Successful Dating and a Happy Marriage

Contributed by Thomas B. Holman A relationship with God is essential to establishing a strong sense of self. I learned that accepting myself and embracing who we truly are is the first step into connecting with people. I have learned that it helps to think about our best friend when we are beating ourselves up for something. “If this happened to my best friend, would I think about her differently? Would I think she is a loser? Does her big nose make her not lovable? Is she not a person...
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Forgiveness In Families

None of us "does" family perfectly. We sometimes say and do things that offend loved ones. All of us are guilty of "sins" of commission or omission toward those we care about. Forgiveness is an essential part of strong, healthy relationships. Judeo-Christian beliefs teach that nobody is exempt from forgiveness; we should forgive all wrongs that have been done to us, regardless of their severity. The Family: A Proclamation to the World(paragraph 7) singles out forgiveness as an essential f...
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Why I Don’t Drink (or Smoke or Have Sex) and What I Actually Do For Fun – A Letter to My Future Children

by Katie S. My dear little ones, With nursing school coming to a close (!!!!) there is plenty of cause for celebration! Party time! It is fitting then that I have been asked several times over the last few weeks if I will drink when school gets over. After all, it could just be a one night thing. Right? A couple of drinks. Laughs with friends. Hopefully only a mild hangover the next day. Good times! Only, I won't. I could but I won't. I'm writing this, my loves, because when asked recently I...
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Thanksgiving in Prison

by Lori F. I have a friend in prison. At some point years ago he made choices that are hard to imagine now, but may have seemed like a good idea at the time.  He later made changes in his life, turned over a new leaf, began to come to church, and made friends there, but those earlier choices had not conveniently evaporated, and their aftermath eventually led him to prison.  As Thanksgiving approached I thought about my friend, whether he would get turkey that day. I wondered whether a pri...
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How Can I Have a Happy Marriage?

by Susan H. “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you do ye even so to them.” One year our entire family participated in a musical play which a man in our church was putting on.  My husband was an assistant to the producer; our eldest daughter, age 10, was a member of the family in the play; our sons ages 6 and 8 had little walk-on, non-speaking parts; our children ages 2 and 4 sat on the front row during rehearsals and performances sucking their thumbs and holding thei...
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How Can I Have Compassion for Those Who Hurt Me?

By Emma Lu D We were seated on folding chairs surrounding the room. Many of the attendees seemed in a restless state. Then mixed voices erupted and they projected their anger upon each other like fiery darts. The problem seemed focused on conflicts in the Home Owners Association regarding fence lines, landscape choices, and mixed concerns regarding new roofing. As I viewed the situation, it seemed the challenge was between those who wanted to be in charge versus those who were in charge. The sa...
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