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4 Reasons You Can Forgive Someone You Love

Published on YourTango on 9/13/12

Forgiveness is for you as well as the relationship – find sources in your spirituality to help do it

When you have become emotionally close to another person, you have become more vulnerable. This vulnerability opens the doors for that person to do things that really hurt, which often comes out when conflicts arise. At the same time, you can develop higher expectations about what the other person does and how they should act towards you. This also can lead to unfulfilled expectations which could result in resentment or even anger, even without the other person knowing that they have done something to hurt you.

recent study has shown that people with increased spirituality have improved mental health, in part because of the role of forgiveness.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/4-reasons-you-can-forgive-someone-you-love-expert

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Today, the pre-sale of both the print and Kindle version of the book, “Offer Honor To God” began on www.OfferHonorToGod.com – this is always an exciting stage in the bringing of a book to others. Have a look at the book’s site and if you are interested, your pre-order of this book would be appreciated.

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July 16, 2013 · 1:53 pm

The Vocation of Fatherhood

Appeared in GoodTherapy.org 6/15/13

Around Mother’s Day, you will hear people speaking of the vocation of motherhood. People will speak of how important the work and calling of motherhood can be. Around Father’s Day, you will hear people speaking of…

Well, Father’s Day is given a lot less emphasis in American society. While influence and relationship are important, what is missed in the discussion is that fathers can be much more involved in the raising of children

Read more at http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/vocation-of-fatherhood-0615134

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How I Honor My Dad On Father’s Day (And Every Day)

Published on YourTango on 6/14/13 

Father’s Day can be hard if your dad has died, but you can still celebrate his life.

My own father died right after Father’s Day — a story that has taken some time to be able to tell but which you can read more about. While, in general, we do not think about the mortality of our parents, my father’s death was particularly difficult for a number of reasons (not the least of which was that he was only 60 and had not been particularly sick). It took time for me to be at peace with myself since he drove hundreds of miles to celebrate Father’s Day with me — and ended up having a heart attack.

It was a visit that I had been looking forward to and I had planned just the right things that he should enjoy. I never planned on his unexpected suffering and seeing his labored breaths. Then, I was alone in the hospital when decisions had to be made about his care. At that point, his death was still many days away, but I had my last conversation with my dad. Over the next days, my mom and sister would join me. In the end, we would make decisions together about the end of my dad’s life. Inside, I was wrestling with guilt for having him drive out to see me, anger at systems that did not work the way they should and a tempering of it all from my professional background.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/honoring-father-when-dad-has-died

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My Dad Had a Heart Attack on Father’s Day

Published on YourTango on 6/7/13

For many people Father’s Day is a joyful time. Read how one Father’s Day changed my life forever.

Father’s Day 2007 turned out to be much different than I had planned and nothing like I could ever have expected. The plan was that my father was coming out to visit me in New York. I had carefully planned some good activities that I knew he would enjoy. How then did it end up with a news article in his hometown paper that started, “Keith L. Smith,60, of [address], died at 7 a.m. Thursday (June 28, 2007)in Presbyterian Hospital, New York, N.Y., after becoming ill while visiting his son.” to describe the outcome of what took place eighteen days after Father’s Day?

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/father-s-day-remember

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Mystery Falling: No Answer from Doctors but Easy Answer

Published on Yahoo! Voices on 6/6/13

One day I had finished lunch and was going back out to my when suddenly I could feel myself falling. As I tumbled down the stairs, I was not able to stop myself and I rolled over and over down a whole flight of stairs. As I lay there hearing the concerned voices of friends, I wondered had I missed a step again? This was becoming too common. A nurse present told me I hadn’t, that my legs had given out under me and used a diagnosis that was scary, but she would be helpful in describing the fall to physicians. I was ready to work out what was going on so I could end the series of falls.

Read more at http://voices.yahoo.com/mystery-falling-no-answer-doctors-but-easy-answer-12171017.html?cat=5

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10 Alternate Mother’s Day Activities

Published on YourTango on 5/5/13

Send your mom flowers, buy her lunch – here are other ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can become very routine.  You call your mother.  You take her out to lunch.  You take this opportuntiy to express your love and gratitude to her.  However, Mother’s Day is an opportunity to look at the bigger picture and to engage in some alternate activities.  Here is a countdown of 10 activities that you might want to consider.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/10-alternate-mothers-day-activities

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