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Nov 25

Thanksgiving Drama Defense

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

angry-girl-1098247-mAlmost every week I hear someone say, “she made me…” or “he made me…” as if they could.

Without a doubt we influence one another, but far too often we justify bad attitudes and hurtful responses because of the attitudes and decisions of others.

This week when tempers flare during your holiday gatherings here are three strategies to drop the drama:

1. Choose to use a soft voice.

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.“ 1

Regardless what the other person chooses you can chose a soft and kind tone in your voice.

Nov 20

Poetic Art

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

pinkThis coming weekend I will be on a retreat. The images I’m featuring on #mysilentscream this week will be from works of “art” I created on various TreeHouse staff retreats.

I might struggle with painting and drawing, aesthetics and having an eye, but since I was in high school poetic words came more easily.

I learned to put words on paper
That reached deep into my creative soul

Within the frame of eternity
The poet wrote the verse
A gift to one and another
Revealed but thought perverse
Broken, bleeding, stripped, exposed
Our God hung humiliated
Unbound, unburied, freed from pain of death
Heaven’s poet stretched and celebrated

Nov 19

Mercy and Justice

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

micahThis coming weekend I will be on a retreat. The images I’m featuring on #mysilentscream this week will be from works of “art” I created on various TreeHouse staff retreats.

When my friend Jill Lacher first challenged us to do art I laughed. “I am not artistic. I got Ds in art class, and I earned them.”

In time I learned that I had an artistic eye, but not like in art studios, museums or hanging on walls.

I learned to put words on paper that reached deep into my creative soul.

Nov 18

Oceanside

Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

IMG_5683This coming weekend I will be on a retreat. I’ve been on many retreats. Some of my favorite retreats have been TreeHouse retreats. The images I will be featuring on #mysilentscream this week will be from works of “art” I created on various TreeHouse staff retreats.

I know of no art medium that covers up bad art skills more than pastels. So when my friend Jill challenged me to create art with pastels in hand I was less afraid of failure and rejection for my lack of skills.

Nov 17

Art

Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014 in Education, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

GreenThis coming weekend I will be on a retreat. I’ve been on many retreats. Retreats are just that, a retreat from the norm; from daily, normal life.

Some of my favorite retreats have been TreeHouse retreats. The images I will be featuring on #mysilentscream this week will be from works of “art” I created on various TreeHouse staff retreats.

Art

When my friend Jill Lacher first challenged us to do art I laughed. “I am not artistic. I got Ds in art class, and I earned them.”

Nov 12

Victory

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in Relational, Sports, Values

IMG_5736.JPGWithout patriots, peace, prayer and politicians who chose wisely – in the United States and in the former Soviet Union – I would have never worn this jersey of one of my favorite hockey goalies, Russian Vladislav Tretiak.

Thank you Anna for delivering it. It’s still one of my favorite jerseys and symbols of hope.

Nov 11

Happy Birthday Every Year

Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values

IMG_5725I have several daily disciplines. Some come and some go. Some are intentionally for a season, and some fade through failure.

Though I have had many reading plans, none has been as sustaining as “The One Minute Bible.”

At first when I heard of “The One Minute Bible” I dismissed it as insignificant, but for more twenty years this copy (and now digital copies) has led me through important passages of Scripture that I might have missed without a guide.

Happy Birthday Every Year

Today is November 10th, my birthday.

Nov 5

Stormy Night

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values

treebranchessky-74600_640Gender bashing
Culture clashing

Voices
Cascading
Even louder
Like crashing symbols

Yelling
Screaming
Stammering
Clawing for attention

No!
You’re wrong!
That’s $%^&&*&* up!

Listen!
Point made
Counterpoint

Last night I had the hardest support group I’ve led in more than ten years. Teens yelling, screaming, not listening to one another nearly enough.

At TreeHouse teens learn that they are not alone in dealing with any issue. There is always someone who can relate to what is going on in another group member’s life. Teens learn how to support someone else in need. They are reminded that they are lovable, capable and worthwhile. TreeHouse support groups become a place where youth know that they will always be listened to and that what they say matters to others.

Oct 29

10k Wedding-Day Anniversary

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Values

10kWeddingDayJune 13, 1987, that’s our wedding day.

My wife and I have a monthly tradition to celebrate all “13th” of the month.

Like most couples we celebrate our anniversary each year.

Today we’re adding another tradition I hope happens again.

We’re now celebrating every 10,000 days too. =)

Today is our 10k-wedding-day anniversary!

10K ?

When I was a kid I hated math homework, but, over the years I’ve learned that I love math. Now, my favorite part of following sports is the analytics. 1

Oct 27

Forgive Me For Asking by Propaganda

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

51JN-GAHbTL._SL500_AA280_No one would accuse me of being a huge hip-hop fan. On the other hand, I admire people who can make me think.

Propaganda is one of those people.

After listening to his latest release “Crimson Cord” I returned to his previous called “Excellence.” They both are!

This link connects to an artful typography video of Forgive Me For Asking. Listen up. Think deep.

Ask with me, “How do I settle for ignorance?”

Forgive Me For Asking

Question: this is embarrassing
You ever been scared you had no idea what you were talking about?
Yeah, me too
Honesty perplexed
I’ve lied and so have you
Christians
Lying