By Jackie M. Johnson
Life seems to involve a lot of waiting.
Maybe you’re waiting for the phone to ring—with good news about a job offer or for that guy you’ve had your eye on to finally ask you out.
Or, you’re waiting to save up for that dream vacation…or for cookies to bake…or for springtime to come after a long winter.
What are you telling yourself about yourself?
Is it positive or negative? Encouraging or discouraging?
Maybe a parent or boyfriend or former spouse has beaten you down emotionally and you feel unwanted, unattractive and rejected. You feel less than.
But that is not who you really are.
Many folks make New Year’s resolutions and then break them within the next few weeks—or even the next day! It’s not easy to try to change something in your life—like losing weight or getting organized—by gritting your teeth and trying harder. It’s often next to impossible.
Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. Where I live in Colorado the bright yellow aspen leaves have long fluttered to the ground leaving barren tree limbs. The days are cooler and the nights longer. And there’s a powdered sugar dusting of snow on Pikes Peak.
America is at a crossroads. On November 8, the citizens of this great republic will elect a new President and Vice-President (and vote in many other state and local elections). It’s been said that the 2016 Presidential Election is one of the most important elections of our lifetime. Perhaps that has been said before in other years about other elections. But this one seems particularly crucial, especially for people of faith.
It was a cold January day in Colorado and the world was covered in white from the morning’s snowfall. It looked like a snow globe had been unleashed. The clouds had parted and it was starting to clear, so I decided to take a walk.
I went to a nearby park and stood amazed at the beauty of God’s creation: the deep blue sky set against the red orange rocks draped in fresh, pristine snow.
As I walked, I saw a scrub oak tree with dried up leaves still clinging to the branches. “How odd,” I thought. “Autumn is over. Why are these brown, crunchy leaves still holding on to this tree? Their season has passed.”
I took a moment to look and wonder why the leaves clung so tightly to the swaying branches—as if their life depended on it. Only they were dead...
Are your feeling bound up in bitterness, anger, or resentment because someone has hurt you? Hard as it is, maybe it’s time to release your vice grip hold on those emotions and forgive him or her. And in doing so, you will find freedom and peace.
It seems like nearly every day you hear news about unexpected and senseless violence. Recently, in a coastal town in France, many people had gathered to watch fireworks on a summer evening. Instead, there was an explosion of another kind—a large truck rammed into the crowd and more than 80 people were killed.
Ah, the excitement and anticipation of a first date!
Whether you just connected on a dating website or app—and have never met—or you’ve known each other but have never dated, the prospect of a first date can be nerve-wracking for many people. It can be both exciting and scary at the same time.
When we get connected—and stay connected—to the true source of wisdom, love and power, Jesus Christ, we can experience true transformation and live empowered.
When your self-esteem plummets, how do you deal with discouragement and find hope again?
Lately I’ve been pondering why I’m not married. At least, not yet.
Maybe it was the wedding invitation I received by e-mail last week that sparked this contemplation. Or, the fact that I’ve been reading countless Facebook posts from married friends about everything from their kid’s piano recitals to their family vacation in the Tetons to their happy news that they are pregnant again—and I’m still trying to get a date.
When I was a kid, Easter was all about the candy—and how much my siblings and I could consume before our parents pulled the plug on our sugar fix. Of course, we dyed eggs of various pastel colors. And, I looked forward to wearing a pretty new dress on Easter Sunday.
While I enjoyed the festivities and the food (especially the cake in the shape of a lamb at my Grandma’s house), I had no idea there was more to this holiday.
Single on Valentine’s Day? February 14, the holiday that celebrates all things love and romance, can be challenging if you don’t have a special someone in your life right now.
“I can’t do this any more.”
“Things aren’t working out between us.”
“I’ve found someone else.”
You left. He left. You broke up, separated or got divorced. No matter who initiated the breakup, it’s the end. It’s over.
And it hurts.
It happens in a blink of an eye. The old is gone; the new comes. When the clock strikes midnight on December 31, suddenly it’s a brand new year. A blank slate. A new beginning.
When a guy sends mixed signals—like treating you like a girlfriend one minute and then treating you like you’re “just friends” the next (or ignoring you completely)—it’s like a driver who flashes his left turn signal, and then suddenly turns his car to the right. It’s confusing—and it can be dangerous.
Thanksgiving Day in America, and you know what that means? For many people, the ready answer is food, football and family. Holiday tables will be jam-packed with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, pies and other delectable delights.
Sometimes a little annoyance can turn into a larger irritation and result in a whole lot of anger. We all get angry once in a while and that’s normal. But when we ignore it, hide it, or express it in extreme ways, then the anger is a problem.
When I first heard the news of Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ engagement I was surprised and delighted. Every single woman I’ve talked to—and most likely countless singles across America and beyond—have been astonished by her recent announcement.
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Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer who enjoys bringing biblical hope and practical help to singles worldwide. Her books include Power Prayers for Women, When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty, and Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times. Connect with Jackie on Facebook or jackiejohnsoncreative.com.
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