self-love

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Do you compare yourself with others? Hold up a yardstick to see how you measure up against their strengths? This week, we hear from my friend Bonnie Keller, an experienced and gifted water aerobics instructor (pictured here with her son, Matt). “I struggled with negative thoughts about myself. When I took aerobics,  I had a […]

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When Tim and I went to the McKenzie River last month, I found myself discouraged with less-than-perfect accommodations, including our nemesis, a rooster that crowed around the clock. In my head, I heard words like “stupid” and “awful wife” and “condemned.”  And soon I  added, “Whoa,  getting the hang of self-talk stuff is so hard! […]

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Flibbertigibbet! I exclaimed.  (Yes, I can sometimes be flighty and scatter-brained.) Out of the washing machine, I pulled a T-shirt and some underwear, formerly white, and held them up next to the cherry-red blouse they were washed with. Now they were a bright rosy-pink. Yikes, I’ve done it again! I’m so stupid! I thought. Have […]

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I attended the Oregon Christian Writers’ summer conference in Turner, Oregon two weeks ago. That week, I felt God lean over and whisper, “I want you to write a book about self-forgiveness.”  This was confirmed several times that week. Do you ever have a tough time forgiving yourself?  It’s my number one battle! What about self-talk? […]

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My delightful Jesus friend Wendy Dunn shares this peanut butter story: “I went last night to a sixtieth birthday party for a special friend. Over a hundred people were there who had been touched by her life. I also talked to another dear friend whose mother had recently died. This morning I woke up thinking […]

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Today we hear about the peanut butter jar from my friend William Cowie. >~>~>~>~>~>~>~> It took me too long to discover that the jar is not the important thing. Nobody looks at it and says, “My, what a nice jar!” No, they only think about the peanut butter. A famous photographer was invited to a […]

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“If self-love (not arrogant, but confident) were a new jar of peanut butter with a tight lid that absolutely refused to budge open, what would be the jar opener? My friend Christopher Bates shares this wisdom: “This brings to mind that old Caribbean proverb:  ‘To the man who is not hungry, the coconut has a […]

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I asked friends, “If self-love (not arrogant, but confident) were a new jar of peanut butter with a tight lid that absolutely refused to budge open, what would be the jar opener? What helps us access self-love?” Here are more responses: Sarah Bures: The only way my jar was opened was by wise folk who […]

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I asked friends, “If self-love (not arrogant, but confident) were a new jar of peanut butter with a tight lid that absolutely refused to budge open, what would be the jar opener? What helps us access self-love?” Here’s what they said: Sue Miholer:  We need a rubber grip. The Holy Spirit does that for us–helps […]

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