when the instinct to please others is getting in the way of pleasing God

When Pleasing Becomes a Drug

By Alison Cook | February 15, 2018

Pleasing is a drug that can be lethal not only to your friendships but also to yourself and to your relationship with God. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24)....

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healthy distance

Cultivating Healthy Distance

By Alison Cook | February 5, 2018

“Healthy distance” is a phrase that has been on my mind a lot lately as I help people grapple with difficult relationships. My mom always used to say, “some people are loved best from a distance.” I never really understood this saying until I began to think about the parts of ourselves that carry conflicting...

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