Feelings of unworthiness and self hatred are deep wounds that need emotional healing. Women’s circles are the balm, the elixir, the soothing embrace of compassion, of healing and growth. Whether they are women’s healing circles, professional career women’s circles or contemplative prayer groups for women — the companionship and acceptance you find in a circle of like-minded women will change how you see yourself.
It’s natural to feel depressed after a breakup. You said goodbye to someone you love, perhaps losing the most important relationship in your life. You will never be the same, and neither will your heart. But even though breaking up hurts — and feels so unnatural — there are healthy ways to encourage the healing process.
Work, money, relationships, and daily hassles are common sources of stress — but a breakup is the worst stressor of all. How do you stay positive after a stressful breakup when you feel anxious, sad, lonely and tired?
When was the last time your heart was changed by something you saw, did, or felt? Maybe your heart was warmed when a friend called unexpectedly or a stranger helped you push a heavy shopping cart through a snowy parking lot. Maybe your heart was softened by a baby’s big eyes and smile, or lightened by a glimpse of God’s glory in a sunrise, burst of laughter, or sweet taste of strawberries.
Remember when keeping secrets was something to admire? When you were a kid, you learned that keeping secrets—especially about birthdays, school events, surprise parties and plans—was good. As an adult, keeping secrets can backfire. Especially if your secrets are dark, harmful, and holding you back.
If we knew what He knows—if we could see the big picture with all the pieces—we would ask God for exactly what we have. Imagine that! If you knew what God knows, you would give yourself the exact same body, life and relationships you have right now.
As you get older, do you find it harder or easier to be who you were called to be?
Maybe you find it harder because of loss, grief, pain and circumstance. Maybe you’re just too tired and far from your childhood self to think about being who you were called to be, much less blossom into who God created you to be.
Usually I write serious stuff. Practical tips, encouragement, information, and sometimes even exhortation to take responsibility for your life and choose to grow forward — even in an unwanted, unexpected season of life. Put on your big girl pants and blossom!
Blossoming into who God created you to be — acrobat or blogger, cardiologist or gardener — takes time. Patience. Nurturing, growing, learning, and taking little… Read More »Blossoming Into Your Calling – Blossom Tip 76
I once found those kind of mistakes — though they were small and not terrible in the grand scheme of things — difficult to live with. I didn’t know how to make peace with myself, much less forgive myself.
Your heart not only changes everything, it can be can be your biggest enemy. That’s why Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Are you tired of beating yourself up, of wishing you were better, stronger, smarter or happier? It’s time to see yourself with fresh new eyes – and to Blossom into who God created you to be.
Leaving home is a huge life transition for anyone; helping a teen age out of foster care is particularly problematic! My tips on how to help a teenager move out of foster care are inspired by a question I received from Christina Dronen, a foster parent and teen advocate.
Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good is one of the first books I’ve been assigned to read (I just started my Master of Divinity degree at Regent College in Vancouver, BC — though I think it should be called a “Servant of Divinity”! Not sure I’ll ever be equipped to master divinity, no matter how good the professors are).
What was the last leap of faith you took? I bet you were scared. Maybe you’re taking a leap of faith right now. You’re starting a new season of life in a new job or at a new school or with a new partner. Maybe you’re learning how to live without someone you love, or you’re slowly letting go of a dear friend and companion.
One of the best ways to let go of your old doubts, fears and problems is to find someone new to talk to. Someone who doesn’t know the “old you”, someone who will encourage you to change and grow. A Blossom Pen Pal is a friend who will encourage you to blossom in a new season of life!
It’s ironic, isn’t it? You need friends more than ever when your heart is broken. And yet it’s harder than ever to make new friends after a breakup, divorce, or death. You’re brokenhearted, sad, unmotivated, and tired. You may even feel worthless, unlovable, and empty.
Strong Biblical women used different strategies to succeed — and we can learn success tips from every one of them. These seven female Bible heroes are Eve, Naomi, Ruth, Esther, Mary, Martha, and Mary of Nazarene.
We’re starting a new season together — and there would be no “we” without you! I’m so glad you’re here, especially if you feel empty of heart and alone in your home.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God’s eyes.
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Thank you so much for sending me your encouragement and prayers! I’m finally back to my old self again, working at full capacity with my… Read More »What to Feed Your Heart and Your Free Gift – Blossom Tip 62
When I travel — like now in Portugal — I pack light. Wearing the same clothes doesn’t bother me the way it used to. This… Read More »How to Keep Going When Life is Hard – Blossom Tip 59
Greetings from Tomar, Portugal! Earlier today I explored the Convento de Cristo — a 12th-century castle that was formerly a Knights Templar, monastery, and convent.… Read More »How to Always Be Happy – Blossom Tip 58
What’s the longest you’ve waited for something? Maybe it was an hour for a bus, or a week for test results. Maybe it was a… Read More »What to Do While You’re Waiting – Blossom Tip 57