Shame is heavy and suffocating with invisible chains that keep the prisoner from moving in to a place of peace. My former pastor defines shame memorably saying, “Guilt says you did something wrong. Shame says you ARE something wrong.” You are something wrong. Have you ever entertained that thought? Over the years, shame about choices…… Continue reading Words that Help: Being Little without Feeling Little
The heat was suffocating. Signs warned hikers to avoid the climb during midday. It was exactly that time when we started. With water in hand, we set off on the trail. Please note my face about hiking in the middle of the day [after we finished hiking IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY! Also note…… Continue reading Kindness: Offer What You Have
Are you a creative struggling to carry an idea to fruition? Do you long for a group that can give you honest feedback, share strategies, and support your work? Would you like to have meaningful collaborations with others who are pursuing similar goals? Maybe you are running to the same people for feedback and encouragement,…… Continue reading Something New: A Local Collaborative Opportunity
Are you confused or conflicted within the constraints of our current cultural climate? What started as an extended Spring Break has turned into a chaotic hibernation isolation. Entertaining doubt, exploring controversies, and engaging in heated debates have become the pillars of an ordinary day. Weary feels understated for the current condition of my soul. Layers…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 10.0
Words can be weapons, but they can also dismantle misperceptions and falsehood. Words can eradicate hope, but they can also interrupt fear. Words can knock the wind out of you, but they can also breathe life and courage into dry bones. Choosing words wisely is the essence of good stewardship. When you do not feel…… Continue reading Choose Words Wisely
Reasons we unfriend and disengage… *She said too much. *He didn’t say enough. *She went off script and didn’t behave as expected. *He left your church or group. *She challenged your thinking. *He misquoted a reference. *She used a four letter word in a passionate post. *He doesn’t vote like you. *She is too emotional.…… Continue reading #Sowkind in all Seasons
Twice during shelter-in-place orders, I have been overwhelmed with sorrow. Two times I have been confronted by the unnecessary snuffing out of lives. I know there are more stories, more names, more tragedies. Twice is merely the tip of the iceberg. While the danger of a virus that has taken an excessive amount of lives…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 9.0
We have witnessed our fair share of hoarding during quarantine. It started with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, but it did not take long for canned goods and meat to be added to the list of “hard to find” items. The nation responded with a mix of irritation and justification. If you had the sacred…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 8.0 [Hoarding]
Quarantine Chronicles 7.0 gives insight into lessons learned in this season. You’ll hear about a tiny perspective adjustment that can make a huge difference.
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