Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
in Music, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Steve and Marcus are two of the men in my life I admire.
Steve is my elder. He’s my former pastor. He’s devoted to the poor and “Jesus with skin on” for people worldwide.
Marcus is younger than me, but I look up to him. He’s passionate about God, compassionate for the lost and broken, and he has more faith than I have to see God’s powerful and unexpected work among us.
Both men had their hearts broken for the lost while working with teenagers. Steve worked with Timber Bay and then Church of the Open Door. Marcus has and does work for TreeHouse.
Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
“Desire is not merely a simple wish; it is a deep seated craving; an intense longing … it’s so important that one might say, almost, that desire is an absolute essential of prayer.” 1
Desire precedes prayer, accompanies it, and is followed by it. Desire goes before prayer, and by it, it’s created and intensified.
Prayer is the expression of desire.
Prayer comes out into the open.
Desire is silent.
Prayer is heard; desire, unheard.
Prayer – listening to, learning from and expressing our longings to God – is throughout the Scriptures.
Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas came to TreeHouse this week. I enjoyed learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.
Read # 1 Courage To Fly
Read #2 Courageous Sacrifice
Courage and Faith
Where does Gabby’s courage and faith come from?
Watch this video, Gabby’s faith in God drives her decision making. That kind of faith is sacrificial faith.
“…since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.”
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013
Genuine beliefs are made obvious by what people do. We always live up to our beliefs–or down to them, as the case may be.
~ Dallas Williard
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Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Recently I stated in a staff meeting that we had never, ever required a piece of information as part of our paperwork, and that it would be an unnecessary bit of micro-managing paperwork.
It took about forty-eight hours before I needed to apologize as someone graciously pointed out the error of my ignorance.
I was certain what i believed was right, but I was truthfully wrong.
Note: I’ll be apologizing at the next meeting, tomorrow.
When I heard the song Believe by Josh Groban I loved the melody, but I didn’t know how to move past my thoughts of every time I, or someone else I know of wholeheartedly believed misguided “truths”.
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
I’m not cool, and I’m cool with that.
I wasted a lot of energy when I was younger worrying about being cool. It’s way more fun to forget about that, and just be yourself.
(Tears filled my eyes as I typed that.)
The less I cared about being cool and the more I decide to become the kind of person I admired the more I like myself.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
in How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
“Grace is God walking into your world with a sparkle in his eye and an offer that’s hard to resist. ‘Sit still for a bit. I can do wonders with this mess of yours.’ ” 1
Life and the challenges we face can leave us perplexed. This “mess” can bring distress. Rather than rush into action, or sit in sullen solitude God calls us to pray.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 2
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Last Friday began a series that will run all week called Dating Drama. Whether you’re dating or not, you know someone who is. This might be a chance for you to contribute, comment and encourage those who are.
Some people have great relationships, some not.
Friday night my boyfriend texted me. He dumped me; by TEXT!
When I asked him for an explanation, his reply was, “What are you talking about? I didn’t break up with you.” Apparently, he had meant the text for someone else. He was breaking up with another girlfriend (that I didn’t know about).
I always look for heroes to admire.
Helen Keller, and those who cared for Helen, especially Anne Sullivan are people worthy of admiration.
Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was 19 months old that she contracted an illness which left her deaf and blind.
I read this quote from Helen Keller and felt inspired.
I want to say to those who are trying to learn to speak and those who are teaching them: Be of good cheer.
Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.
Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013
in How To, Relational, Sports, Values
A few months ago I read Men of Sunday: How Faith Guides the Players, Coaches, and Wives of the NFL by Curtis Eichelberger.
I loved the book. This Super Bowl Sunday let me add a quote from to add to your day:
“I close the book with a chapter on leadership, and who better to focus on than Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis?
The former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player built his own leadership style around the tenets of Christianity and God’s teachings. Here, we learn that leadership starts with serving others, not giving commands.