Daniel Ibrahim

Developing trust in relationship

Developing Trust in Relationship Trust is an essential ingredient in a healthy, strong, and satisfying relationship. We enter into relationships believing that it is a level playing field and that both of us are at the same starting point as we begin to build trust in the relationship. This isn’t true. There are numerous factors that contribute to our willingness and ability to trust another person. Many of these factors have nothing to do with our experience in our present relationship but emerge out of what we bring into the relationship. If trust is an issue for you, start by looking at your early relationships with the most influential people in your life – your parents and/or other significant people in your childhood. All of us come into this world in a completely helpless and depend...

School tips for success

The end of summer is a mix of disappointment and the excitement of starting a new year at school for many children. There are several things that a parent can do to assist their children in establishing a strong and positive start to the school year. Some ideas include: View the new school year as a new beginning, perhaps a time to have a slightly later  bedtime, an increase in allowance or other privileges. Establish new routines. Perhaps the best routine for elementary school age children, if you are not yet doing so, is to read to them each night when they are in bed, usually a chapter book one or two levels above what the child can read and also giving the child some extra time (10 or 15 minutes) before lights out if they have a book (at their reading level) to read to themselves (and ...

Value of friendship

1 Samuel 20:42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever. ‘” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town. Good friends are vitally important to your mental health and to the quality of your life. To live and to love are inseparable from each other. Friendship is an opportunity to love, to learn about yourself, to mature as a human being, and to open up to the full experience of life. To seek true friendship, you must have the courage to risk all that you are. You must have the courage to walk through your fear of emotional intimacy and let another person know who you really are on the insid...

Sin that can entangle

*WISE WORDS FROM A GREAT THINKER AND OBSERVER!!* Buffalos kill 7 people every year. Lions kill 500 people every year. Hippos kill 800 people every year. Spiders kill 5000 people every year. Scorpions kill 7000 people every year. Snakes kill 10000 people every year. *And then, surprisingly,* *Mosquitoes kill 2.7 million people every year. Yes, the smallest are the deadliest!* *Small ‘sins’, hardly noticed by many, are the most deadly to your spiritual life.* Avoid *excuses* for not praying and allotting few moments of your day to your Creator. *Sins of omission* are just as deadly as sins of commission. *Gossiping and small lies*, are committed more frequently and are deadly. Mind those *little compromises* that you do daily. They are the ones that will bring your downfall. *Suc...

Marry your mate

6 MATES YOU MUST MARRY* One of the ways your marriage will not add to the rate of divorce in our world today is for you to marry your mate and if you are married already, make your spouse your mate! You see that statement of ‘ Am I your mate?’ does not apply in marriage. You must marry your mate. I will like to talk on seven dimensions you and the person you want to marry or you have married must be mate. 1.*MARRY_YOUR_SPEAKING_MATE* Marry someone you can speak together and understand each other. Communication is very crucial in marriage. Don’t marry someone that, when you are saying ‘A’ he or she will be saying ‘ Z’ Once there is dichotomy in your speaking and understanding level, you can’t enjoy that marriage. So many men go to bar to hang ...

Controversy over s3x and marriage

S3x, Prayer, and the Sincere Christian If prayer is real at all, it should help us in our constant struggle to come to terms with our s3xuality and s3xual drives, among the strongest urges (not new information!) we possess. Let’s start with God’s intentions. Why did He “invent” s3x anyway? He did think it up you know. In fact, Genesis 1:27 asserts, “And God created man in His own image … male and female He created them.” See, s3x in not an afterthought, a way to make more babies. Rather, it is an indispensable quality woven in the fabric of each life on this planet. S3x is not first something we do; it is primarily who we are. Therefore (and more on that later), if transgressions occur in the s3xual realm, they violate us personally, a far more serious problem than simply breaking a ...