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Mar 27


Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

direction-95475_640Last night as I sat in a TreeHouse support group I sat in awe.

There surrounded by junior high teens I found myself grateful for their patient listening, gracious sharing and genuine compassion.

Most of the teens in my small group had been part of TreeHouse only a few weeks, yet directly and indirectly each teen reminded the other that “this is a safe place.”

Safe places are too few and far between. Those safe places, cared for and nurtured by safe people are safe harbors for the strong and the able, the weak and the wounded, and the lost and the wandering.

Jan 7

Welcome To The Family

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I have some friends who are choosing to start a new or refreshed relationship with God.

Those decisions made me think of these wise works:

“To live as God’s child is to know, at this very instant, that you are loved by your Maker
– NOT because you try to please God and succeed,
– OR fail to please God and apologize,
– BUT because God wants to be your Father. Nothing more.

All your efforts to win God’s affection are unnecessary.
All your fears of losing God’s affection are needless.

Jan 3

Coming Clean. Staying Clean.

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values

I returned to my office following a week of vacation.  It was just as I left it.
– Books on the bookshelves organized, neat, and flush with the front of the shelf.
– CDs in the rack free of fingerprints and scratches.
– File folders in five file drawers alphabetized, organized, and current.

Lot’s of things were properly cared for before I left.

Coming Clean

That’s not all there is in my office.

My desk is a mess.
I had unsorted papers in bins.
I had unsorted CDs stacked.

Jul 31

I Hate When…

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I’m wrestling with myself, because…

I hate when I mess up.
I hate when I let down my guard.
I hate when I lower my standards.
I hate when I try to wiggle out.
I hate when I rationalize my choices.
I hate when I justify my behavior.
I hate when I make excuses.
I hate when I settle.
I hate when I plot stupid stuff.
I hate when I hide my failures.

Aug 18

Freedom Unchecked Can Lead To Disaster

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 in How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values

You learn from your parents, and your children, nieces and nephews will learn from you.  What will they learn?  Will they see success or will they see you slide? Will you reject accountability and let your pride slide you away from what really matters into an unseen hardships?

Continuing our series on freedom using quotes from the movie Braveheart, allow Princess Isabelle to lead the query, “The king will be dead in a month and his son is a weakling. Who do you think will rule this kingdom?”

That’s the question that faced David as he passed his kingship to his son Solomon. 

Aug 17

Freedom To Speak Up

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in Social, Spiritual, Values

This week I’m examining the theme of freedom and the words of William Wallace from the movie Braveheart.


I admire people who have courage to do what’s right. William Wallace believed that the people deserved leaders who served the interests of the people.  And he was brave enough to speak up.

Wallace challenged the Scottish nobility that they should pursue freedom for the common Scots, but they were more interested in their own safety, privilege and wealth, than the welfare of the people.

Aug 16

Freedom To Choose Wisely

Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 in How To, Intellectual, Relational, Spiritual, Values

Braveheart’s William Wallace declared, “I am William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?” 1

What will you do with that freedom?  This week I’m exploring the theme of freedom.

My Freedom

Freedom and me have not always been good friends.

My parents taught me to respect people, animal and things, work hard and live a law-abiding life.  They did their best. 

Aug 15


Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 in How To, Values

Several years ago Amy and I rented the movie Braveheart.  

We were both looking forward to watching it.

That night was also opening night of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament — my favorite night to watch basketball — so Amy decided to watch Braveheart while I was at work.

I got home excited to watch the late night games.  I unlocked the door and walked in.  There was Amy, looking at me with a red, puffy, wet, tear-filled face.  Next to her lay a pile of used tissues.  Concerned, I cautiously asked, “What’s wrong?”

Aug 10

Don’t Fake It. Face It!

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Emotional, Intellectual, Values

Science was usually my favorite class.   My junior high science teacher — Mr. Eck — enjoyed teaching, loved science and liked teenagers.  Which makes the following story so frustrating.


While some teens face the challenges of A.D.D., A.D.H.D., O.C.D., or O.D.D, I did not.  I didn’t have any of those. I had L.A.Z.Y.  I was lazy and I was good at it.

One morning I began waking up as the sun peaked through my bedroom window.  As I began to stir a question began to form in my still groggy mind.  “What day is it?”

Jul 7

Freedom From Debt – Our Journey

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Financial, Relational, Values

My parents have always been wise about money.

My parents tried to pass their wisdom and insights onto me.

Unfortunately, I didn’t listen.

I’ve learned my lesson.  Amy and I cut up our credit cards.  We’ve been following Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps and budget tips.

Even though not using credit meant we had less credit available, we only buy what we can afford.

You can read more about our debt-free journey here entitled, Got Money Stress?