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Mar 3

She Wept Alone

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

sad-eyes-966603-mShe wept alone.

She cried.
Quietly.
Her cries muffled.
Muffled, but not muted.
Restricted, but not restrained.

She Wept Alone

There between the snack crackers and the cookies, she wept.

I heard her.
She heard her.
And, she heard her too.

A guy looked back and walked on.
Another woman peered over her shoulder. She barely hesitated.

Countless people in the grocery aisles, on their phones, passed by – without a glance – as she wept. Maybe they couldn’t hear? Maybe they couldn’t stop? Maybe they couldn’t care!

She Wept, Alone

Jan 28

Frigid Temps Gracious Hearts

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

1392583_car_tracks_in_snowTwo stories.
Car related.

My friend Lois posted on Facebook, “we slid off the road, over a curb, and got stuck in a snowbank on a sidewalk.”

Here’s the “Good stuff…passengers fine, car fine.” That’s real good news.

With health and safety not an issue Lois continued with what she called “awesome stuff.”

Frigid Temps Gracious Hearts

Once they assessed their circumstances they called their neighbor with a “monster truck.” These are the days everyone wished they knew a neighbor with a monster truck.

Better yet, Monster-truck Neighbor has a good heart. He said he’d “be right over.”

Jan 27

Frigid Temps Frozen Hearts

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

frozen_heart_by_ttojA tank of gas
A charged battery
Approaching the car
With a silent plea

A capable driver
Determined as could be
Key in the ignition
Cranked one-two-three

A pause to regather
A second attempt
A hope and a prayer
Discouragement tempt

Barely a flicker
Not even a purr
The car didn’t start
A frozen heart.

Frozen Heart

I have TWO hearts!
One warmed by love.
One frozen in the freezer.

Too often the frozen heart has been more obvious.
I’m so busy caring about my wants, I forget to care about their needs.

Jan 2

Mouths Speak, Eyes Talk

Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

eye-close-up-1386149-mI worked with Cheryl, and Wes is a close friend to our family, but I’d only met Amber (Cheryl’s daughter) a couple times.

When Amber first spoke to me about her relationship with Paul and invited me to officiate their wedding I had a blend of feelings. The list was long and enmeshed, but my feelings could best be summarized with these three questions:
Do they know what “love” is?
– Do they share the same definition?
– Do they love one another with that love?

Nov 2

Dirty God by Johnnie Moore

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Book.750.coverJohnnie Moore’s book Dirty God is sub-titled, “Jesus in the Trenches” because it’s a book introducing us to the dirt-level life of Jesus Christ and his challenge to be a dirt-level Jesus follower.

In one of my favorite stories in the book the author explains that dirt-level Jesus following is not always easy, enjoyable or even appealing.

Oct 18

6 Reasons To Check Your Tongue

Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

sign-donotcrushWe’ve all done it.
We’ve lashed out.
Defended ourselves.
Attacked the other.
We justified our choices.
We felt our self-pity.

That might have “worked” in the past.
There is another way.
The time is now to model a new strategy.

The Truth

You’ve been hurt. You’ve left the wounds. You’ve felt the hurtful words and you’ve thrown the verbal jabs and painful punches.

It’s counter-cultural, but I’d really like to encourage you to take to heart the value of humility.

Oct 16

Joy Heals

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Rather than wound others, we can bring healing.

Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” 1

1387838_melon-loving_girlWhen we respect both ourselves and the other person by choosing not to call anyone names, use putdowns, or attack with insults we make the world a better place.

Why?

Because name-calling hurts, “being called a name won’t admit you to a hospital, but words that shame wound deeply and can still hurt years later. After all, broken bones can be fixed, but hurtful words and taunts can cause pain for a lifetime. Insults, like name-calling, can create self-doubt that doesn’t go away. It’s even worse if a parent hurls verbal abuse.” 2

Oct 15

Bring Healing

Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

JrHiToday I’ll spend a couple of hours in a junior high school. While watching, listening and learning from these young teens I will see young masters of communication.

When we are young we learn to be skillful masters of communication: “…men and women may communicate negative relational messages such as contempt and belligerence via loud, sarcastic voices, disgusted facial gestures, frowns, scowls, glares, gaze avoidance, or distancing. These negative expressions obviously would qualify as unskillful if the objective is to create a close and loving relationship, but they would qualify as skillful if the objective is to signal one’s level of distress and dissatisfaction with a relationship.” 1

Jul 23

Kindness Heals

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Peanut_Butter_TextureWhen I was a child I began my love for peanut butter sandwiches.

I at a LOT of peanut butter sandwiches.

Since we didn’t have enough fruit preserves to keep up with my voracious peanut butter sandwich consumption rate, I looked for alternatives.

Peanut Butter and maple syrup was too wet.
Peanut Butter and butter was not sweet enough.
Peanut Butter and apple sauce was yummy.
Peanut Butter and honey was my favorite.

I ate hundreds and hundreds of peanut butter and honey sandwiches. The peanut butter was tasty and nutritious and the light honey coating was just sweet enough to add to the deliciousness.

May 3

Remember Me by Josh Groban

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

BloomYesterday as Josh Groban walked toward me I smiled and thought to myself, I wonder if he’ll pause look around the room and ask, “Whose writing all those mysilentscream posts about my songs?”

If you missed those posts, here they are:
Hidden Away
Our Hiding
Secrets & Hiding
Secrets: As If.

Josh Groban and TreeHouse
False Alarms by Josh Groban
Brave by Josh Groban
War At Home by Josh Groban
If I Walk Away by Josh Groban

Human Trafficking and The Prayer by Josh Groban
Believe by Josh Groban
You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) by Josh Groban