Everyone thinks they're a good listener. The only problem is that very few of us actually are. Here are 6 ways to improve your listening skills.
Forgiveness. We all want to receive it without hesitation. But we’re so reluctant to give it to others. And it's not that we don't want to forgive people who have wronged us. We know that forgiveness is a good thing. We give lip service to it. We can even wax eloquent about the virtue of it. … Continue reading How To Forgive Someone Who Wronged You
I’ve been surprised to see how my being pregnant has brought out different sides of people. Mainly very strong opinions from people I’m close to (and not so close to). There’s something about being pregnant that seems to draw advice right out of people, whether I ask for it or not. Some advice I’ve been … Continue reading How To Give Good Advice (3 Tips)
Things are beginning to change in the Chamberlain household. This coming August, we will get to welcome the newest edition to our family, already known as Baby C! Nothing could be more exciting. Or terrifying! In some moments, I feel excited. In others, completely terrified. And then there are the moments when I feel both … Continue reading 3 Lessons From My First 3 Months of Pregnancy
If there is one criticism that’s levied against Christians more than any other, it’s that we’re judgmental. That we’re morally superior and hypocritical. To be sure, part of this criticism is unfair. Oftentimes, the whole Church gets lumped in with the horrific stances of some fringe groups that could only loosely be identified as Christian. … Continue reading Are There Times When Christians Should Judge?
I never meant to embark on a journey that very few women do. And, honestly, I didn’t realize that that’s exactly what I was doing until I stepped foot into my first class during my junior year of undergrad. I walked in the door a few minutes before class started. As I looked around the … Continue reading The Shared Value of Man & Woman
Being hurt by someone you love and trust has a way of stinging long after the offense is over and done with. No matter how hard you try to move passed it, no matter how much time goes by, the wound feels as fresh as the day it happened. How do you forgive someone when … Continue reading 3 Signs You Haven’t Truly Forgiven Those Who Hurt You
It’s no secret that we live in a culture of “recreational outrage.” People seem to genuinely enjoy becoming upset and annoyed in a very public way--whether on social media or otherwise. (But mostly on social media.)It’s also true that in order to avoid criticism, “say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” So in any age, if … Continue reading How To Respond To Your Haters In A Healthy Way
My adorable, sweet, loving, five year-old nephew has started kindergarten. He’s a big boy now.I’m not a fan. I had to FaceTime him after his first day of school to see how it went. And, I mean, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about with a five year-old. So I asked him about his … Continue reading Your Soul Suffers When You Don’t Have Community