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Nov 21

Compassion & Generosity

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom. 

The first lesson the wise would teach us is Don’t Hold Grudges
The second lesson was Take Care Of Your Health.

Compassion Makes Sense

Compassion is more important than pleasure. Many people intentionally blind themselves to the needs of others. When I didn’t listen to my mom my mom would call it “selective listening.”

Jul 21

What Does The Lord Your God Require Of You?

I’m thinking through what this means for me today, tomorrow, and my tomorrows.

What does the Lord your God require of you?
He requires only that you
fear the Lord your God,
and live in a way that pleases him,
and love him
and serve him with all your heart and soul.
- Deuteronomy 10:12, NLT

Dec 7

Clean Water

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I love this picture.  It takes me by surprise how much I love capturing this picture. 

 

This little squirrel lives in our backyard.  We call this squirrel “Junior White Paws.”

Junior White Paws lives with White Paws in a nest in the tree outside our sliding glass door.

Junior White Paws is an active little squirrels who likes corn, peanuts and clean water.

This little squirrel gets to enjoy cleaner water than millions of people on this planet.  Clean, filtered water — free from contaminants — this squirrel is among the wealthy and privileged class of squirrels and people alike.

May 13

Helping The Hopeless

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Relational

QUESTION: My friend/daughter/son/lover feels hopeless and wishes he/she was dead. What can I do?

ANSWERS:

1 – If you believe that this is an emergency: Call 911

2 – If you think that there is immediate risk:
Have they thought about suicide recently?
Does he/she have a plan?
Does he/she have the means immediately accessible to carry out their plan there?
Is there anyone else in the home (or wherever their location)?
Call 911

3 – If you feel concerned and want to offer helpful help, here’s help:

May 6

I Can’t & Other Lies

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social

Why do cutters cut?  There are many reasons.  Many cutters have a fear of stopping.  They feel incapable of dealing with deeper forms of pain without cutting.

Shana Schutte, writing for Focus On The Family, quoted her college roommate, “People who haven’t cut can’t understand how it can make you feel better… but it does. It’s like bursting a huge bubble,” she said. “You feel like you are going to explode and you don’t know what to do with the emotional pain. When you cut, there is a kind of release or freedom in it. Then, it’s like an emotional high. You release all this pain that’s been building and building. Like any addiction, it’s a coping mechanism.”

Apr 8

Hugs from God in the Arms of Josh

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2011 in Relational, Social, Values

Today’s my son Josh’s 19th birthday.  If you want you can bless him with your happy birthday wishes here on his Facebook.

While I was writing this post I smirked to myself.

My mind filled with witty comments, hilarious stories and silly nicknames that Josh has had over the years.  Since I want him to have a birthday in which he gets attention he wants I’ll save most of them for another day.

I’ll just say, that when I wrote that “Hugs and all genuinely welcoming embraces like handshakes, high-fives and fist bumps,  connect people through meaningful touch” describes what I think of when I think of Josh.

Mar 17

Keep Your Love Alive – Power Under Control

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

“Love never fails.” These words are two thousand years old and yet they are as important today as they were then.

What is love?  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails…“  [1 Corinthians 13:4-8]