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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

Jan 24

Your Presence Is A Present To The World

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

Football players cleaning out their lockers feel it.
Presidential hopefuls reviewing the debates feel it.
American Idols wannabes and coulda-beens feel it.

What is “it”?  Self- pity.  Self-doubt.  The curse of “if only.”

Don’t let self-pity take you down!

You are lovable even when your flaws are exposed.
You are capable even when you make mistakes.
You are worthwhile even when you’re struggling to believe it.

Somewhere there is someone that values you abilities.
Somewhere there is someone that sees your talents.
Somewhere there is someone that needs your skills.

Jun 21

Embrace Reality & Conquer Complacency

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Emotional, Intellectual, Social, Spiritual

Yesterday I wrote about the importance I am placing on embracing reality. Breaking through my natural inclination to avoid pain is hard work. I am a self-centered person, a work in process, and embracing reality is frankly painful.

Challenging Complacency

Complacency ignores reality.

Complacency minimizes others’ horrors.

Complacency marginalizes with “isms” like racism, sexism and age-ism.

If I believe that ignorance is bliss, and I don’t have to worry about what I don’t know about or see, I’m wrong.

May 31

Embrace Preparedness Not Worry

Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Spiritual

I believe in planning ahead. I hate when I worry.

As much and as thoroughly as we may prepare there will always be some unforeseen wave coming.

Here are some truths from Jesus Christ I am trying to embrace.

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.

Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

May 27

Embrace Conflict & Relax

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Spiritual, Values

 

I got “home from work” Wednesday and went to work.
I sat there worn out, yawning, shoulders aching, back-tight and worked until 2:30am.

You know how I felt don’t you?

Stressed?
Worn out?
Got a headache?
Heartache?
Tense and tired?
Wow have I been there!

Find time for relaxation.

I know, I know!

When my wife Amy or daughter Shannon are reading this I know they are smirking.
“You just told someone else to “Find time for whatever relaxation.”
Hah! When are you going to relax?!?”

I’m trying.

May 26

Embrace Your Fears Safely – 3 Things To Remember

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual

Life is scary sometimes; scary, for all of us.

Like this little guy  ——————————————->

we all know how it feels to feel afraid, timid or fearful.

When we’re facing something that feels unsafe there are some keys to coping.  These keys help us to learn how to embrace our fears safely.  I ask, can I make it through this?

“God asks suffering people, “how can I comfort you? How great is your pain? … how can I heal your wounds, gaping as wide as the sea?” * Wounds, “gaping as wide as the sea.” Many of you know what that feels like. I’ve never talked with an honest person who didn’t have pain in her or his life.

May 25

Embrace Your Pain

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual

I began at TreeHouse in 1989. More than twenty years later and I’m still amazed each week in our support groups.  Teens and parents bare their souls, reveal their flaws, expose their wounds and share words of wisdom.  I’m so proud of the thousands who have chosen to embrace their pain that they might find healing and wholeness.  It’s their courage that inspires me to challenge my other readers to embrace their pain too.

Embracing your pain is hard.

May 24

Embrace Your Frustration

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual

 

Dan Heisman one of my favorite authors wrote, “The #1 chess guideline [is] keep all your pieces safe! (And consider taking opponent’s pieces that are not safe). You must make all your decisions before you touch a piece…”

Choose wisely.

BUT What If You Feel Like A Pawn Someone Else Controls?

You were hoping for happiness, but you’re feeling like you don’t know what moves to make.

You were hoping to deal with change in your life, but you’ve been dealt a bad hand.

 

May 23

Embrace Wonder

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Values

I Love Dragonflies!

I know some people are afraid of them, but I love them.

Every year while whitewater rafting I look forward to the areas of the river where the dragonflies fly.

I love when they hover near me.
I don’t often sit still, but I will when I think they’ll land near me.  I want a better look.
I love their beautiful colors — red, yellow, green and blue of stunning beauty.
Their translucent wings defy gravity.
Their eyes capture an amazing amount of information.
I love their curiosity. And, I am entranced by their gentleness.

May 20

Embrace Your Style

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 in How To, Just For Laughs, Values

Embrace your style; while it lasts.

If it changes, let it.

Maybe you wear glasses, contacts or you don’t.  Embrace it!

Maybe you’ve had short hair, a perm, a mullet, a mohawk, faux-hawk, crew cut or short cut.  Embrace it!

Maybe you colored it blue, red, silver or pink — I did — or maybe now it’s graying on it’s own.  Embrace it!

Maybe you’ve got fur or not.  Embrace it!

Maybe you tried a mustache for a day.  Shrug your shoulders, smirk & then embrace it!