I made up a phrase for people who bless instead of curse as they pass by. I call them "the light and the music" people. These people are the pleasant, agreeable people who bring good energy to our lives - leaving a lingering memory behind that uplifts and elevates. We feel better after interacting with them and when we check our emotional gas tank - we find that we have received a free fill-up!
Why are these names familiar? They represent couples whose names are linked together forever because they experienced a special kind of relationship - an interdevelopmental partnership. This is a relationship in which both partners bring out the best in each other by encouraging personal development and growth.
Have you noticed that compelling someone to do something does not work very well? What is our natural reaction to pressure? To dig in our heels, of course. So why do we persist in trying to motivate others this way?
A disciple of Christ is instructed in the Bible to allow his or her light to shine through good works. And, we are told, a lifestyle filled with the light of good works brings glory to God.
Synchronization or "syncing" is an important piece of technology that has come of age in this generation. We all know that data synchronization between our favorite devices is necessary to keep all of the facets of our daily lives organized and congruent.
Sometimes loneliness overwhelms and a good metaphor to describe how it feels is a playground with only one child on it - me! It is painful to work hard to surround yourself with people you have given to, encouraged, supported, rooted for - only to find yourself in a predicament where you are more lonely than ever before.
Malaise - an indefinite feeling of weakness often indicative of or accompanying the onset of an illness; a vague sense of mental or moral ill-being
I remember my mother using the phrase, The Wreck of the Hesperus, to describe "a really big mess." She would say: "This house/room looks like the wreck of the Hesperus!"
My parents, Don and Mary Jo Briggs, have been closely connected to a small town in Iowa from many decades. They both were born around Marcus, Iowa - dad in 1927 and mom in 1930.
God has given us all the gift of free will. This gift empowers us to take control of the very thing that creates everything about who we are - our thought life.