Four Surprising Truths About Princesses

 

Every year my daughter and I go to Disney World and it doesn’t matter our age, we always appreciate seeing the princesses. Their beautiful dresses and classic demeanor are captivating. I wish I could walk around life dressed like a princess.

But you don’t need to have a big, flowing dress and a shiny crown to be a princess. Did you know that if you are redeemed in Christ, you are a princess? When I pose this question to many women, I get responses ranging from “That’s silly,” to, “Wow, you’re right, I never looked at it that way.”

But it’s true: If you’re Father in Heaven is King, then you as His daughter are a princess.

“Then why don’t I feel like a princess?,” many ask.

When It’s Time to Burn a Bridge

 

You’ve heard the expression, “Don’t burn your bridges.” While this adage has some wisdom to it—we do live in a small world and you never know when you’ll cross paths with someone—sometimes you need to burn bridges with people so they never appear in your life again.

I am talking about people who have chosen not to follow God and their mission is to make your life a living hell.

Associating with these people take you away from God. So if you want to stay near to Him, you have to burn these bridges. And I do mean destroy them—many Christians will tread too lightly with damaging people because they don’t feel that clearly cutting ties is very “Christiany.”

If you are not fully convinced it’s time to sever all connections to this person, consider the following:

To Scream or Not to Scream

Whether you experience it as a mild heat or a full-blown pressure cooker, anger is a natural human emotion. In fact, it is the most common emotion. It affects body and mind—increasing your body temperature and creating an unsettled discomfort.

Anger can come in many forms: Mom gets angry when traffic makes her late. Little Timmy gets angry when his big sister sits on his toy. Dad kicks the dog because a coworker is undermining his work.

How you respond to anger is a learned trait.

The Hidden Source of Doubt

By: Kris Reece, Counselor, Coach, Speaker

 

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17

All those who have come to Christ are new creations! That’s worth celebrating. When we come to Christ, we have a new identity. I don’t know about you, but I was happy to get rid of the old identity.

But what happens when you can’t really see yourself in that new identity? I’ve spoken to many women who struggle with this—they may attend church and Bible study every week, but they feel like something or someone is holding them back from breakthrough.

Do You Need To Break Up With Christmas?

 

 

By Kris Reece, Counselor, Author, Speaker

The holiday’s are a time of celebration, filled with parties, food and gift giving. But what happens when the holidays no longer feel like a time of celebration, they feel more like obligation.

Many of you have heard of the codependency but I’m guessing you haven’t given it a second thought as to how it relates to the holidays.

Co-dependency is a learned behavior that can be passed down from one generation to another. It is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship.

But like many codependent relationships, something needs to change. The codependent either needs to learn more healthy ways to related or just break up. Since breakups are not usually an option for codependents, than learning how to related and manage relationships are the key to lasting happiness.

The same is true for the holidays. Many of us relate to the holidays in a codependent manner.   We give in to its demands, we succumb to its expectations and we are left feeling empty and angry.

But we can change; we don’t have to break up with Christmas to find relief.

Here are the top three holiday stressors that cause us to go from healthy functioning adults to complete codependents.