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15 Lessons from Proverbs on Being a Good Friend

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I envy people who have many friends. I envy people who even have one close friend. I envy people who intuitively know how to interact with people to build and maintain friendships. For most of my life, I never had a friendship last more than two years, and most of those relationships were significantly shorter. Then, I found a friend who stuck with me through thick and thin for more than five years. I thought I’d found the friend of a lifetime, but even that relationship imploded because I finally became too much to handle. I can be intense, especially with bipolar disorder adding mood swings and erratic behavior to the relationship. The truly sad part is when a relationship implodes (and it has happened more times than I wish to admit), I never know what I did wrong. I’m truly clueless about relationships and social skills. In addition to grieving the loss of a good friend, I spend...

Isaiah 53 Video

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Isaiah 53 Video

Memoir Writing 101: 10 Steps to Crafting a Compelling Memoir by Denis Ledoux

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Memoir Writing 101: 10 Steps to Crafting a Compelling Memoir by Denis Ledoux My rating: 1 of 5 stars This book was disappointing, even for a free ebook. The author suggests ten steps to writing your memoir, but each step or chapter was as little as a couple of paragraphs (some were a bit longer), followed by a long list of links to his website and books. In the end, the reader doesn’t really learn anything. The author merely teases the reader to get traffic for his website or sales for other books and courses. Because he was mostly advertising his memoir course instead of providing any real value to the reader, I give this a one-star rating. It’s free, but don’t waste your time. Two worthwhile quotes: “Set the realistic goal of starting to write three-to-five page stories.” “In the end, you are dealing with your version of the truth.” View all my reviews   Memoir Writing 101: 10 Steps...

Bible Readings for the Events of Holy Week

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Holy Week is the week from Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday. This period covers the final events of Christ’s life, starting with the Triumphant Entry on Palm Sunday, until He was betrayed, tried, and crucified–and ultimately resurrected! It can be confusing because there are four gospels containing the events, so I wanted to provide a list of where you’ll find each event in each of the gospels. Download a free reading chart as my gift to you. These readings, divided into 33 events, also correspond to the 33 crossword puzzles in my latest volume of Crossword Bible Studies.   Bible Readings for the Events of Holy Week The Triumphant Entry Matthew 21:1-11 Mark 11:1-11 Luke 19:29-44 John 12:9-19 Jesus Curses a Fig Tree Matthew 21:18-22 Mark 11:12-14 Mark 11:20-26 Jesus Cleanses the Temple Matthew 21:12-17 Mark 11:15-19 Luke 19:45-48 Jesus Foretells His Death John...

God’s Grace for Depression

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The past month has been challenging. My brother came home with a chest cold and my mom promptly caught it, exactly one year after she had been in the hospital because her heart caused fluid to build up in her lungs until she nearly drowned. I took care of her around the clock and we both went three consecutive nights without sleep at all. One night, she coughed with every single breath and I was scared to death. Fortunately, I never caught their chest cold and they are both well now. But three nights without sleep played havoc with my mental health. One of the obvious symptoms of bipolar mania is the increased energy that reduces my need for sleep. But when circumstances disrupt a healthy sleep pattern, the lack of sleep can also signal my brain to trigger mania, which is what happened. You know what they say: “the higher you go, the harder you fall.” When mania dies out, it crashes...