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The Helpful Enneagram

A Tool for Personal, Family, Spiritual, and Leadership Development I'm always looking for ways to understand why and how I think, feel, and behave as I do throughout life, in all areas. Typically, it's because I'm trying to understand how I can think more clearly, feel more clearly and fully, and behave more consistently and productively. I also seek knowing how to have fuller and more loving and/or productive relationships, depending on whether we're talking about the context of work, family, God, or friends. I read and pray over the words and stories in the Bible daily (my ideal), or [...]

Meadow Rue Merrill on Trusting God When Life Hurts, Act III: “Looking in the Word”

by nrweastman
  Trusting God When Life Hurts Contributed by Meadow Rue Merrill When our daughter Ruth, who had multiple special needs, died before her eighth birthday, my husband, Dana, and I were devastated. I don’t say “completely” devastated or “profoundly” devastated, because by its very definition devastation is total. There are no degrees. Rather, we experienced a black, bleak ruin where the flowering, fruitful garden of our lives once grew. Born in a hospital in Uganda and quickly abandoned, Ruth had spent much of the first year of her life in an orphanage before being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She then [...]