Monthly Archives: May 2014

Why Can’t We Just Get Along?


“Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.
 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.” Proverbs 27:9-10 (NASB)

Do you ever long for relationships that “make your heart glad”? Do you seek a friend who will provide “sweet counsel”? Does your heart desire a neighbor that you may run to “in the day of your calamity”?


Have you ever been burned by someone you love? Have you ever been in a relationship that made your heart sad, or provided bitter counsel? Have you ever felt like you have run to your neighbor’s house in the day of your calamity…only to have the door slammed in your face?

Shelley Hendrix’s book, Why Can’t We Just Get Along?provides 6 effective skills for dealing with difficult people.

Shelley clearly shows the importance of embracing your identity in Christ, and living out of that identity in all your relationships. Learn to choose your friends wisely and glorify the Lord in all your encounters.

You too can enjoy a relationship full of gladness and sweet counsel, and have a place to run in times of calamity.

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Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner


“I hesitated, then spoke three words I never thought I would utter—‘I was raped.'” Wendy Blight

Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, by Wendy Blight, is a true story about her fight for freedom from fear, after a traumatic event.

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1

As Wendy waited on the Lord, He heard her cries from the depths of her soul.

“He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.” Psalm 40:2

God delivered Wendy from fear and hate, and established her firmly in His Word.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;                                            Many will see and fear                                                                                                                    And will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3

God restored joy and praise in Wendy’s heart, and she is now teaching others to trust in the Lord.

Wendy’s story is a must read for anyone seeking healing from past wounds. Learn how she has been set free from fear through the power of prayer; and by actively abiding in Christ through the in-depth study of His Word.

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Are You a Stuffer?


“Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:22 NASB)

The above verse (spoken by Jesus) is from the story of a woman who had been struggling with a hemorrhage for twelve years.  In the midst of a crowd she followed Jesus, knowing if she could “only touch His garment, she could get well.”  What faith she had in the healing power of Jesus! However, it is important to remember that the most significant healing in this life, is spiritual.  John 8:36 says, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (NASB) I sadly confess that for many years as Christian (and pastor’s wife) I did not walk in this freedom, as I was still in bondage to my past.  I was a “stuffer” stuffing the pain down deep, choosing never to think about it, much less share it. Yet the older I got, the harder it got to keep the pain under the surface.  The pain began to manifest itself in ways that were anything but productive.  As my dear friend Jo Ann Fore says in her book, When a Woman Finds Her Voice:

Those things we stuff, try so hard to ignore, they are the very things begging for release–the things that hold the promise of hope, the flame of freedom.”

What about you? Are you a stuffer?  It may seem less painful in the moment, but I assure you it will come out in other ways like isolation, fear, anxiety, depression, undiagnosed physical symptoms, etc.  Processing the pain in the moment hurts, but it hurts much more to keep it inside.

The story you’re scared to share–that story has the power to change both your life an the lives of others.” Jo Ann Fore

“But Jesus turning and seeing her said, ‘Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.’ At once the woman was made well.” (John 9:22 NASB)

Dear daughter of Jesus, take courage!  As you step out in faith and share your story, you too will be made well.

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