Barriers to Leaving An Abusive Relationship

We’ve discussed why women stay, but what are some of the barriers the abuser may put in place to prevent the victim from leaving? I can tell you that the average woman leaves seven times before she stays gone for good.  I lost track of the number of times I left. I know there were at least three serious attempts […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: In The Garden

Dr. Adam Geibel, a music publisher, asked pharmacists and composer, C. Austin Miles, to write a hymn that would bring hope. Miles retreated to ” a cold, dreary and leaky basement in New Jersey that didn’t even have a window in it let alone a view of a garden,” according to his great-granddaughter. Miles turned to his Bible and read […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: How Great Thou Art

Today How Great Thou Art is a staple in the protestant church and often requested for funerals. The song did not gain popularity until after celebrating its fiftieth birthday. Cliff Barrows, the song leader for the Billy Graham crusades brought How Great Thou Art to international fame in the 1940s and 1950s during the London Crusades. The text was written […]

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Wellness Tuesday: The Benefits of Exercise

Although I struggle to stay motivated and exercise, I have discovered that when I exercise there are benefits to working out. Some of the benefits I’ve discovered are: I feel better on both the inside and outside I have more energy I’m not as stressed I sleep better at night I am able to concentrate better and get more work […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series –Protective Strategies Victims Use

Last week we discussed coping mechanisms victims used in an abusive relationship.  Along those same lines, victims often find ways to protect themselves or their children from an outburst of violence. Some of these are: Fighting back or defying the abuser Sending children to a family member or neighbor’s home Leaving a relationship Complying or placating the abuser Lying about […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Tracking What You Eat

For years Mama worked various eating plans, such as First Place 4 Health and Weight Watchers.  She would discuss the importance of tracking what you eat.  She kept a journal and print out pages that she religiously filled out each day. I didn’t want to hear this and felt that it was more work than it was worth. In recent […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series –Coping Mechanisms

During my abusive relationship, I withdrew into myself for a long time.  Although others tried to warn me of what was happening, I refused to see or acknowledge the hell I was living in. Some coping mechanisms victims use are: Depression Emotional withdrawal Denial Anger Apprehension Helplessness Anxiety Fear Aggression Suicide Hyper vigilance Change in eating patterns {either eats too […]

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Behind the Song: His Eye Is On the Sparrow

One day in 1905, Mrs. Civilla Martin visited a friend that was bedridden. Concerned for her friend she asked her how she dealt with discouragement. The friend replied, “Mrs. Martin, how can I be discouraged when my Heavenly Father watches over each little sparrow and I know he loves and cares for me.” Hearing these words Mrs. Martin immediately put […]

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Wellness Tuesday: The Power of Accountability

One important factor to weight loss is the power of accountability.  For years, I struggled to lose weight but had no accountability partner.  Mama and I tried to hold one another accountable, but quickly discovered that as I’ve previously written about; we enabled one another more than we held one another accountable. A friend and I decided to hold one […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: Blessed Assurance

  Fanny Crosby went blind at the age of six weeks in 1820. Her blindness was not necessary but was due to an improper medical procedure. One day in 1873, Fanny was visiting her friend Phoebe Knapp. Phoebe began to play a tune for Fanny, which she {Phoebe} had composed. She asked Fanny what the tune said to her. Fanny’s […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Staying Motivated

  Over and over I have struggled with the same basic issue when it comes to weight loss.  That is to stay motivated. I set my mind and determine to work hard, eat healthy and exercise.  For a few weeks I do really well, but eventually I lose the motivation to keep working hard. The factors that lead to this […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: Because He Lives

  Because He Lives, was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. The couple are still a popular Southern Gospel performers and songwriters of our day. The couple met while they were both teachers and were married in 1962. By the end of the 1960s, the Gaither’s had two daughters and were expecting their third child. They were traveling and singing […]

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