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Kirstin was being pressed to say, ‘Yes” to a dating proposal. She didn’t know why she struggled to make this basic commitment to date a really nice man in her singles class at church. She wants to eventually get married and […]

Loneliness can find you. You move away from your best friend, go through a terrible divorce, or maybe your spouse dies. You find yourself struggling with that loss of companionship and the loneliness can be overwhelming. This type of isolation […]

I read an interesting article about an author who wrote a book on friendships. The author made the point that the lack of friends can be a key reason why marriages fail, people are unemployed or engage in negative behaviors like overeating. […]

Friendships may be one of the most underrated relationships when it comes to feeling loved and supported in your life. And finding a best friend is no easy task. I can name on one hand the number of really best friends […]

“It was my friend’s choice to have an addiction problem. No one forced him to put those pills in his mouth. He is an addict because he chose to use drugs. Don’t tell me this is a disease. He started. He […]

In the middle of the book of Matthew are two verses that should give us all pause. Matthew 12:36-37 says, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the […]

Jerry, often described as toxic, is a co-worker whom you try to avoid as much as possible. You know, that person who seems to be completely unaware of the chaos and negativity he or she brings to relationships. Toxic people thrive […]

As we talked, I wondered, has Diane been taken captive? All through the dinner, Diane spoke with great enthusiasm about her job. It was her identity, the thing she worked for all her life, the pinnacle of her career–she reached it, […]

Two employees worked for a small town in New Hampshire for a total of 46 years between them. They heard and spread a rumor about an improper relationship between a town administrator and another employee. The story turned out to […]

You were not meant to be alone. Your physical and emotional states function best when you are in healthy connections with others. So what happens when a person lives in isolation? Isolation often brings anxiety based in the fear that you are on […]