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Nov 9

5 Stop Signs that will help life GO better

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Social, Values

5 Stop Signs

1. Stop believing the lie: Life isn’t always fair. Accept what you must, and change what you can.

2. Stop before you regret it: Think before you act. A moment today may cause pain for years.

3. Stop & notice:  See the beauty in people, in nature, and in yourself.

4. Stop to appreciate what you have: Family & friends, talents, opportunities & useful stuff.

5. Stop & have fun: Hanging out, talking, laughing and playing and makes some of the best memories.

Jul 27

Lovable, Capable & Worthwhile Wins!

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

When blinded by distortions of reality people flounder in pain.

Lost in loneliness.  Trapped in trauma.

U2’s Get On Your Boots hits on one such distortions:

You don’t know how beautiful
You don’t know how beautiful you are
You don’t know, and you don’t get it, do you?
You don’t know how beautiful you are

Each week at every TreeHouse we remind one another that we are all “lovable, capable and worthwhile.”  It’s a critical concept. When we understand, embrace and apply the truth that we are all “lovable, capable and worthwhile” it overrides the lies of not good enough.

Apr 12

Trust – Can I Trust That Spring Arrived?

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Values

As a Minnesotan springtime involves profound change.  If you’re a Minnesotan you know what I mean.  It’s not just the weather, it’s an entire mindset!

Springtime is my favorite time of the year. I want to believe it’s truly Spring.

There is evidence beyond my feelings and my hope for change.

The calendar says the “First Day of Spring” arrived; according to infoplease on March 20, 2011, at precisely 7:21 P.M. EDT, the Sun crossed directly over the Earth’s equator; the temperature soared above sixty; and the snow is finally gone, BUT for how long I wonder?

Feb 26

Heroes Arise From The Shame Of A Wounded Conscience

Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual

The shame of a wounded conscience is a trap.  It’s a lie that tries to convince us that hopelessly defective: “I am what I am. I cannot change. I am hopeless.”

Shame is the deep feeling of guilt, sadness, and hopelessness that we experience when we become convinced that our shadows, scars and scandals doom us.  That past failures, bad habits or poor appearance has made a permanent scar on our self-worth.

Moses’ self-worth was wounded.  God chose Moses to be a hero, but Moses protested, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me?”

Feb 9

Don’t Fear Love – Pt 6 of 10 – Ten Days Of *Loving* Advice

Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.

I am timid and I am oversensitive

I am a lioness

I am tired and defensive

You take me in your arms

And I fall into you

I have insecurities

You show me I am beautiful

While she was embarrassed to stumble through the National Anthem on Super Bowl Sunday Christina Aguilera is an amazing vocalist. In her song “I Am” she explains her vulnerable weaknesses. Continuing:

Love me or leave me