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“My stepdaughter is breaking my heart,” Kristen, a stepmom, shared.  “No matter how much I do for her, she just won’t let me into her life. I married her dad ten years ago, and I knew it would take time for her to embrace me as...

Walking around the mall, looking at all the Christmas decorations and hearing familiar tunes, causes us to feel merry and bright. Right? Not always. As a matter of a fact seasonal depression is very common. The Mayo offers emotional guidance here  But why? Why does a season that’s specifically...

In Part 1 of this blog  (link) I shared why I have chosen to relinquish the exhausting and tedious work of trying to be a warrior. It’s God’s job, not mine. That is easier said than done, isn’t it? Especially for those of us who are strong...

Not long ago a friend of mine was dying of cancer that she had battled for many years. In one of her last Facebook posts she stated how tired she was, and that she was ready. Numerous people responded with comments such as, “Don’t give...

Nothing in my life has taught me more about becoming Christlike, than being a stepmom. After more than thirty-two years in this role I have often felt: Betrayed…as Jesus was. Rejected…as Jesus was. Abandoned…as Jesus was. Ridiculed…as Jesus was. Forgotten…as Jesus was. Unappreciated…as Jesus was. ...

This week New Your Times best-selling Christian author, Lysa Terkeurst , announced that she is divorcing. I read many Facebook posts responding to her announcement stating,  "I wish I could hug you. I wish there was something I could do." There is. Let Lysa's tragic situation nudge...

by Laura Petherbridge Angela knew she need to forgive Leslie but she didn't know how. After all, Leslie had betrayed their friendship by sharing conversations that were meant to stay private. It wasn’t the first time she caught Leslie gossiping. But Angela knew that if she...

“Laura, my life is so busy and hectic. I feel stressful all the time,” the woman stated. “Between the demands at my job, transporting the kids, laundry or cleaning the house, and volunteering at church I’m about to lose my mind. I’d love to discover a way...

  https://laurapetherbridge.com/why-cant-i-say-no-part-1/ If you are still questioning whether you are a people pleaser, here are a few questions that might help. Do you: Avoid conflict at all costs? Feel guilty saying no? Have a sense dread, fear, or anger if not in control of a situation? Hear yourself saying, “It’s not...