Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013
in How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
I’m on a private retreat – yesterday and today – but I can’t stay alone.
To tired, weary, worn out people like me and you, Jesus Christ said, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.” 1
It’s a message many of us need to hear.
Yesterday I sent this song to a friend, and today I’m leaving it with the rest of you mysilentscream readers.
“Lay ‘Em Down” by Needtobreathe keeps echoing through my mind, so here it is so it will echo through yours too.
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013
in Music, TreeHouse
Be a part of the transformation and make a difference in the lives of area teens at the annual TreeHouse Gala!
Musical Performance by Singer, Songwriter and Actor
Thursday, May 2, 2013 – SORRY it’s SOLD OUT
Reception, Raffle & Silent Auction will begin at 5:00 p.m.
Doors open for dinner at 6:00 p.m.
The Depot, Minneapolis
A year ago I only knew a few of Josh Groban’s songs other than his Christmas album called Noel. My early take was great voice, beautiful melodies, and, well, a handsome guy. That was several months ago.
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Social, TreeHouse, Values
Recently I sat among a group of people all of whom respected one another. We share some common goals. We share some common hopes and dreams. While we were discussing those goals and hopes and dreams, one person spoke up.
The room of people turned.
We looked and listened.
She is well-respected.
She is respect-worthy.
She has a very respected legacy.
She is a leader among leaders.
And, in this group of people:
When she spoke people listened.
When she led people followed.
When she thought out-loud people agreed.
And, when she had a misguided suggestion there was buy-in.
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Last night as I sat in a TreeHouse support group I sat in awe.
There surrounded by junior high teens I found myself grateful for their patient listening, gracious sharing and genuine compassion.
Most of the teens in my small group had been part of TreeHouse only a few weeks, yet directly and indirectly each teen reminded the other that “this is a safe place.”
Safe places are too few and far between. Those safe places, cared for and nurtured by safe people are safe harbors for the strong and the able, the weak and the wounded, and the lost and the wandering.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s job.
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s personality.
Most people who see me work, especially when I’m teaching, would have no idea I am an introvert. 1
– I’m loud
– I’m funny
– I’m dramatic
– I’m engaging
– I usually teach dialogically
– I pursue relationships with others
And, I’m an introvert.
We’re examining the power of secrets this week. If you missed the first few, here they are: Hidden Away, Our Hiding and Secrets & Hiding.
Let’s admit two things:
1. I hide my secrets
2. You hide your secrets
While we might protect our secrets for good reasons, sometimes we don’t. Not only that, but sometimes our secrets are the very thing that holds us back from making hope-filled, positive decisions in life.
We stay “stuck.” Stuck in place. Stuck and not making positive changes in our lives.
Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
Secrets, we all have them.
Secrets, we all guard them.
Secrets, we all fear their exposure.
This sweet song by Josh Groban describes one person’s challenge to help another feel safe enough to share those secrets.
Josh Groban – Hidden Away
“Over mountains and sky blue seas
On great circles will you watch for me?
The sweetest feeling I’ve got inside
I just can’t wait to get lost in your eyes
And all these words that you meant to say
Held in silence day after day
Words of kindness that our poor hearts crave
Please don’t keep them hidden away
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Last Friday began a series that will run all week called Dating Drama. Whether you’re dating or not, you know someone who is. This might be a chance for you to contribute, comment and encourage those who are.
Some people have great relationships, some not.
Friday night my boyfriend texted me. He dumped me; by TEXT!
When I asked him for an explanation, his reply was, “What are you talking about? I didn’t break up with you.” Apparently, he had meant the text for someone else. He was breaking up with another girlfriend (that I didn’t know about).
My friend and co-worker at TreeHouse LeAndra Williams has a great spin on friendship. So, LeAndra, take it away!
“After many years and different friendships I have come to a place in my life to recognize helpful and hurtful friends. I have had the privilege to experience both.”
Lee, what have you learned?
“The first step to recognize if you have helpful or hurtful friend is to see which category your friend fits in. Friends are usually in one of these categories. A friend is either an Adder, a Subtracter, a Multiplier, or a Divider.”
Let me explain: