Would you agree that who you marry has a bigger impact on your life than any other decision you could make?
A reader’s comment captured my heart this week – it was from someone I’ll call “RosyBelle.”
“I’ve been dating this guy about a year and a couple of months,” said RosyBelle on Should You Date Someone Who Has Different Religious Beliefs? “He claims to be Catholic and I’m scared because I am a Christian. We have talked about marriage and moving at a slow place. But he believes that I am wrong for putting God before him! I told him I would put him first before anyone I will never give my soul up for him or anyone. He thinks I’m wrong and that he’s not willing to marry me because of what I said. Should I keep this relationship going? Or should I move on?”
Even though I don’t give relationship advice, I couldn’t resist this one! So I wrote What You Need to Know About Dating Outside Your Faith.
God’s plans are better than your dreams
One of the gazillion things I love about God is His gift of free will. It’s a double-edged sword, though, because it can lead us to bad choices and even evil actions.
It can be tricky to find the balance between using your God-given intellect and trusting the Holy Spirit to guide you to the right decision. It’s even trickier to believe with all your heart that God’s plans really are better than your dreams.
What are you trusting God for?
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Have faith. Take heart. Know that the seeds He has planted in your heart, soul, and spirit will Blossom.
Believe, and give Him those bits of unbelief that shake your roots.
In peace and passion,
Fresh Blossoms This Week
How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Starting a New Relationship – “I lost my husband almost 5 yrs ago, we had been together for 30 yrs,” says Joan on Starting Over in Your 60s – After Your Husband Dies. “I have recently been dating a new man and I have two adult children. My 34 year old daughter has borderline personality disorder and feels that I am neglecting her. My 30 year old son says good for me! What can I do about my daughter? She has threatened suicide and is constantly phoning me. I don’t know whether to end the new relationship or try to learn how to stop feeling guilty about dating. This man really makes me feel wonderful and treats me like a princess. I am 56.”
7 Practical Ways to Forgive Yourself for Past Mistakes – To make peace with yourself and be happy, you need to learn how to forgive yourself. These steps towards forgiving yourself are inspired by a counseling session I recently observed when I was getting my Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of British Columbia. I sat in on a therapy session with a counselor and a man recovering from heroin addiction. He said he has no problem forgiving people who hurt him, but he can’t forgive himself for the bad things he’s done. He hates himself. “Why is it so hard,” he asked, “to forgive myself for my past?”
15 Beautiful Halloween Costumes for Plus Size Women – It’s not easy to try on plus size Halloween costumes when you’re shopping online, but it’s important to try to find ways to ensure that it’ll fit you comfortably. Clothes look beautiful and comfortable in pictures and on mannequins, but it’s often a whole different story in real life.
How to Stop Thinking About Your Ex and Get On With Your Life – These seven simple, effective tips on how to stop thinking about your ex-husband or ex-boyfriend will help you overcome obsessive thoughts. Take heart, for you will move on with your life. You can stop ruminating about the past – and you can rebuild your life, renew your heart, and restore your joy!
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.