One hot mess.

Gut honest moment. When I read the scripture from the Book in the Bible named Galatians, I was like... "What is that hot mess of a list?!" Take a look. Galatians 5:19-21. 19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time:...

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Living: Breaking Bad Categories, Part 3

Please read Part 2 first. 🙂 The Breakdown I was reminded soon enough of what it might cost me. I had read about this idea called the Stockdale Paradox in Collin's book, months before.  Admiral Jim Stockdale, a United States military officer imprisoned in the "Hanoi...

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Erica’s Story: “Embracing Change”

Thanks to Erica for sharing her story here today.   Erica's Story: Embracing Change November 2015. Me and my husband were there again.  Stuck in an argument, never arriving at an end point. I zoned out.  Then he said four words, "I want a divorce." My heart...

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Hello. Goodbye.

  Have you ever tried to say HELLO and GOODBYE, at the same time? In the same sentence? It's hard to do. Yet it is the tension of my present reality. I am in the middle of--prepare yourself for the various emotions that may bubble up inside as I say...

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Three Kings & a Baby

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzIESPA_-Uw] The story is famous. But, those Kings, did they really show up the same night of Jesus' birth? Why only three of them? Or was there really more? Who were they? Where did they travel from? And, they were traveling...

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There’s something about Rumbling…

“It’s always helpful to remember that when perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun.” ― Brené Brown, Rising Strong So every once in a while-- okay nah-- about a dozen times a week, I am so very aware of how important this quote is. I am a recovering...

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It’s Advent. Where’s the hope?

  Yesterday, I sat down with some students for a meeting. It was a regular day with not so regular students. They were in a mood.  Each had their way of coping with their stressors. Some were grumpy, some were silly, some just couldn't focus. Each however are...

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Digging: I struck fear

Read a story from the book of Nehemiah: Nehemiah 6:1-19 I remember hearing my first counselor warn me. "When you change the dance, even if it's the right thing for you to do, others  are affected and get afraid. You're changing the dance." She was talking about the...

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More Digging: Curiosity creates

 _________________________________________________   This prayer, for it is indeed a prayer, is a personal favorite of mine. Today, perhaps for different reasons. This is how I know, deep down, that Scripture is living words from God. There will be plenty of...

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