Author Archives: Shanae Branham

Forgive an Attitude?

Should you forgive someone else’s attitude? I have this friend who is a good person but she complains whenever she has to help another person. It has been hard to be the recipient of her help. On one hand, her help is a Godsend because I desperately need it. But on the other hand, it hurt to later hear that helping me was an inconvenience, annoyance, or bother. The thought of her words made me feel resentful and angry.

Here again, we are talking about that point in your mind when you have the opportunity to choose. Now whether or not I forgive this person’s attitude will probably never affect that person. I’m not forgiving them to change them. I’m forgiving them to change me. Right now their action/attitude has taken hold of my emotions and thoughts. The only way to break the negative hold the negative emotions have on me is by forgiveness.

I get to choose to let go so that something better can enter my mind and heart. I get to be grateful for my friend’s service no matter how she feels about serving me.

Forgive Simple Offenses

Forgiveness affects our attitude. Lots of times we only think of forgiveness with the perspective of forgiving someone when they do something terrible. But there are lots of times when we have chances to forgive people for simple offenses. I’d like to talk about the difference that can come when we forgive simple things. I’dContinue Reading

I Tripped

Since last week we talked about pride, I’d like to start with an example that hurt my pride. Yesterday when I went to pick up my son from swim & dive practice, I had to stand on the school curb while I waited to speak with another parent. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, butContinue Reading


Throughout October we will focus on forgiveness. St Mathew 18:21-22 says, “Then came Peter to him, and said Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven.” In the New TestamentContinue Reading

Pride Isn’t Always Unhealthy

Have you ever thought that pride develops a mindset? Let’s start by defining pride. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives us three definitions of pride. The first two definitions develop a positive mindset, while the third develops a negative mindset. First, pride is “a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people.”Continue Reading