Have you ever met someone who you were confident she could become a very dear friend? Only later to discover her undeniable propensity to make remarks that grate on your every last nerve. Maybe the desirable action would be to move on from the relationship -- distancing yourself over time from her. But, what if … Continue reading Mirror, Mirror –Why Can’t We Be Friends
"Don't let them get to you, Heather. I mean it! Listen to me. Don't listen to what they say. They're just jealous of you because you're special." I remember my mother's words desperately trying to console and encourage my seventh grade self. She had said this so many times after I'd come home broken and … Continue reading Beyond the Bullies
But her [Hannah] rival wife [Peninnah] taunted her cruelly, rubbing it in and never letting her forget that God had not given her children. (1 Samuel 1:6) As I opened the front door, he barged through and bounded up the stairs and into my home. Without a second thought, I allowed the perpetrator access into … Continue reading Jerking the rug, booting the perps
Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. (1 Samuel 1:6-7) According to Dictionary.com, the definition of "provoke" is … Continue reading What is your Peninnah?
It’s happened a few times that I have watched a news story about someone and asked, “What was that person thinking?” I remember the video clip of Michael Jackson dangling his infant son over a hotel balcony. Then there was a story about students violently beating another student and posting it on social media. And … Continue reading Why You Gotta Be So Mean?
She stepped through the back door that afternoon and the floodgates swung open. Darting to her room and crumbling onto her bed; heart bruised, broken, and bleeding from the abrasive words hurled at her. A considered friend's harsh words were the root of this now bounty of tears that my precious daughter had managed to hold back like … Continue reading Lethal Weapon