wounded by words

“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” NOT TRUE! Researchers have shown that the same area of the brain lights up—the interior cingulate gyrus—when you experience hurtful words as it does when you experience physical pain. Words are real—they enter your brain as electro-magnetic forces; they become thoughts. Every… Read More

When you pray, say … (5)

His kingdom, his power, his glory. Forever. And He loves us and wants us to be with him forever. Amen to that! The Lord’s prayer Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also… Read More

When you pray, say … (4)

I used to use the word TEMPTATION in context with things I considered bad, such as murder, stealing, pornography, and mayhem. It belongs there, but it can also be as subtle as over-booking myself so I don’t have time for God or my family, wanting to always be the center of attention, and choosing easy… Read More

When you pray, say … (3)

Forgiveness is not optional. It is a command. Jesus taught his followers (and us) how to pray. Part of the prayer is: “forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors.” And just in case the disciples didn’t catch the forgiveness part, he reiterated and explained in more fully. “For if you forgive men… Read More

Am I sorry for me or for what I’ve done to another?

Remorse  is when we are only sorry that we failed. Repentance is when we are in pain because we have hurt God or another person—for that person’s sake and for God’s not for ourselves. It focuses attention on the wounded one. If we are hurting for our own sake because we have failed, that is… Read More