Posts by Alison Cook

How to bring peace to others

When you want to bring peace to others

By Alison Cook | July 24, 2018

We want to bring peace to others. Unfortunately, our loved ones’ struggles often trigger our own troubling emotions, making it difficult to be of real help. When someone shares a need or frustration, the following four types of responses are common but not always most helpful. Do you recognize your own go-to method here? Agreement....

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Taking a You-Turn with Your Emotions

By Alison Cook | July 17, 2018

There was such a strong response to this devotion I recently wrote for Proverbs 31.org that I wanted to share it here to continue the conversation about coping with our most challenging emotions. Let me know about your own journey in the comments! ~Alison   “The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding...

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how to hold sadness in your heart

Guest Post | Kimberly Miller

By Alison Cook | July 15, 2018

The wonderful Ann Voskamp featured a post by my co-author, Kimberley Miller, recently.  It’s called “When You Need to Know How to Hold the Overwhelming Sadness in Your Heart,” and it’s a moving and inspiring reflection about finding peace amidst chaos and grief. I think you’ll like it. Let us know your thoughts below or over...

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How to improve connection

How to Regain Connection to God, Others, and Yourself

By Alison Cook | July 10, 2018

We want to be close to God and to others. . . but did you know that connection starts with you? We all crave the experience of being seen and loved for who we really are. And we rejoice when someone we love lets us in to see them for who they really are. Such...

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An Interview with Bible Gateway

By Alison Cook | June 23, 2018

Throughout the process of writing Boundaries for Your Soul, Kim and I often used Bible Gateway to search for passages and to compare and contrast translations of the Bible—it was an honor to be on their blog!  You can read the full interview with Jonathan Petersen And, just for fun, I put a few excerpts below: What...

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calm your emotions at the ocean

Three Steps to Healing Painful Emotions

By Alison Cook | June 15, 2018

The first step to healing painful emotions is to focus on them. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true. I didn’t really learn how to focus on and heal painful emotions until I was well into adulthood. It’s not that I didn’t have painful emotions, don’t get me wrong! It’s just that I was adept...

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Courage

Finding Courage When All You Feel is Fear

By Alison Cook | May 29, 2018

Did you know it takes fear to have courage? A few years ago, I found myself facing a fearful set of circumstances. I knew God was calling me to do something that was going to be extremely difficult for me. I needed to take a stand that pushed against the grain of nearly every part...

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When Curiosity Becomes a Calling

By Alison Cook | May 7, 2018

How do you know when what you are curious about is actually a calling? I can be curious about almost everything. I’m delighted by people who excel at home design or gardening – I want to learn all about how they do it. If you give me a budget, I want to figure out how...

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True Guilt vs. False Guilt

By Alison Cook | March 19, 2018

Have you wondered if you have an overly sensitive conscience? Maybe you’re struggling to understand true guilt vs. false guilt. And it has everything to do with developing a mature conscience. The bestselling authors of Boundaries, John Townsend and Henry Cloud say, “Our conscience isn’t God. It’s part of living in a fallen world, and...

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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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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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