Robert & Kay Camenisch encouraging and equipping relationships

How to Stay Hopeful When Things Seem Helpless

Do you know someone who is on the path to destruction? Someone making the wrong choices in life and unwilling to listen to counsel—or unable to overcome addiction so they can make reasoned choices. It’s heartbreaking to watch them self-destruct. If you’re close to the situation, you feel helpless as you watch and can do…

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Basic Training

I’m grateful my children are reared, on their own, and doing well. I miss them and wish they weren’t so scattered so I could still share daily life with them. However, I’m grateful they’re thriving adults because parenting isn’t easy. Today, life’s temptations are more alluring and more deadly today than they were just a…

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Are You Listening?

Listening? I’m tired of listening. I’m tempted to block some people because their pressure for me to conform to their way of thinking wears me out. Protests, shouting, and strong language make me want to close my ears and turn my back. Even people with compatible viewpoints try my patience when they push hard and feel manipulative,…

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Everyone Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s—to all who feel a little left out on Valentine’s Day as well as all who have a sweetheart to share your heart with. It’s good for couples to be reminded to be sweet, kind, and loving to each other. After all, in most marriages, the honeymoon wears off entirely too quickly, such that niceties…

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Finding Peace in the Midst of Conflict

Are you as tired of discord and a combative attitude as I am? I’m weary of exaggerations, name-calling, and lies to put others down and gain advantage. I hoped after the election we would find a measure of peace, it hasn’t happened. In fact, it seems more discordant because our very system of government is being challenged…

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Demanding to Be Heard

The Women’s March on Washington made quite a statement, but the message was unclear. Marching voices declared mixed causes as their motivation. Some were anit-Trump, some for women’s reproductive rights (pro-abortion), and some for equal pay, among others. (Pro-life groups were not allowed to co-sponsor the event, so it seems the pushers of the march…

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Why Should I Be Diligent?

Through our kitchen remodel confusion, I’m learning more about life and our growth in the Lord. I now realize that diligence isn’t applied disorder spreads. It’s contagious. Half of our house is chaos, with kitchen countertops gone, step ladders in the middle of the floor, varying tools scattered around, a sink leaning against the wall, broom and dustpan…

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