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How to Set Biblical Boundaries with Difficult People

We all have (at least) one toxic person in our lives. You know, the one who presses your buttons and leaves you feeling like you’re the problem. Maybe it’s your sister in law who has certain ideas of how you’re to behave. When you don’t…
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How to Hug a Porcupine – 3 Steps to Loving Difficult People

Difficult people are all around us. Whether it’s an abrasive coworker, narcissistic boss, or toxic mother, all you need do is throw a stone and you will likely encounter someone difficult. These types of people remind me of porcupines. For…
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How To Keep Family Members From Stealing Your Joy

How to Keep Family Members From Stealing Your Joy You’re not responsible for someone else’s behavior. That was an eye opening revelation for me 20 years ago. In the past I would think that I could control someone else feelings and…
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What To Do When Someone Does You Wrong

Have you ever been let down by someone? I mean royally hurt by the very person you thought was your ride or die.   No one gets through life without being let down. Sometimes we’re unintentionally hurt by the mistakes…
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How To Set Boundaries With a Toxic Mother

As a counselor and coach, I’ve see women negatively affected by toxic mothers in my practice more than any other hurdle they encounter in life. And nearly every time, I witness these women expecting their bad mothers to miraculously…
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The Effect Toxic Mothers Have on Daughters

In a previous post, I talked about 5 signs of your your mother is toxic. While every story I hear about a toxic mother is different, there is one thing they all have in common—the traits they leave behind. Please understand,…
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5 Signs Your Mother is Toxic

Let’s face it, the mother-daughter relationship is complicated. Most women’s relationships with their moms aren’t picture perfect. But don’t use that simple fact as an excuse to tolerate a relationship with a toxic mother that is hurting…
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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Married But Feel Single

Valentine’s Day is for sweethearts, but what happens when the thought of celebrating Valentine’s Day conjures up more disappointment than it does romance? Maybe you’re like many of the women in my counseling practice who are married but…
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8 Surprising Reasons You Have Trouble Making Quality Friends

Gone are the days when you could run next door to the neighbor’s house, knock on the door, ask if Susie could come out and play, and instantly you were friends. Granted, our requirements for our friends back then were simple: Be nice and…
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5 Tips to Keep Toxic Family Members from Ruining Your Holidays

Do you have toxic family members that make you dread the holidays? Maybe you do a great job avoiding them all year but you twitch at the thought of getting together with them on Christmas. Toxic people are all around us. Perhaps you’ve…