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Oct 22

Poof

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

bloody-hand-printMost mornings my brain is awash in busy-thoughts. Today it’s calm.
In my brain played “Nothing But The Blood” by Robert Lowry.

I love this song because it reminds me of the freedom God’s forgiveness brings me.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus:

Despite my sins (spiritual and moral shortcomings) God’s grace offers a clean re-start.

What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

I know my sins damage my sense of self.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;

May 17

Is Grace Happening To You?

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

jesus_in_the_gardenIs grace happening to you?
Is grace happening in you?
Is grace happening through you?

I’ve been stuck emotionally and spiritually more than I’d like to admit. Raise your hand if you can relate? Okay, we’re all “not alone.” But, let’s not stay stuck!

Looking to take a step forward in your life?

Want your actions to more closely match your intentions?

Me too!

Each of the themes below links to a previous mysilentscream post that has been helpful to readers looking to make a change. 1

Love – Tired of empty expressions of “love”?

May 16

Grace Transforms

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Ruins_mill_city_museumGod transforms. God heals. God restores. God does so in my life and can do so in yours.

Max Lucado wrote, let grace, let God, “so seep into the crusty cracks of your life that everything softens. Then let it, let him, bubble to the surface, like a spring in the Sahara, in words of kindness and deeds of generosity.”

God will change you, my friend.

Jesus’ death is the means to new life for others…suffering is an avenue for God’s life to transform situations.” 1

May 14

When Grace Happens

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

LonelinessSometimes it’s a challenging to feel safe enough to share our true feelings with others.

We fear the rejection, the judgment of others.

Sharing our feelings helps us.

When we share positive feelings we increase our positive self-regard. When we share our heavy feelings we often decrease the emotional weight we had been carrying alone. Sharing our feelings also helps us to build deeper relationships with people you care about and people who care about you.

In my experience connecting with God has been transformative.

Jan 4

Heaven: Guaranteed

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 in Emotional, Spiritual, Values

As 2013 unfolds there are many uncertainties.

Some of the future prompts unrest like the concerns and fears surrounding congressional tax hikes, budget cuts and a “fiscal cliff.”

Some of the future prompts hope; after all, as a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan hope despite the past is burned into my DNA.

Some of the future prompts joy; like the joy felt by my friends Ben and Kristin Kindred who married Monday.

The future may be uncertain, but there are future dates scheduled:

Dec 11

Our Journey Our Fear

Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Jesus Christ’s journey meant that he spent time at parties, dinners, friends’ houses, and enemies’ houses. 

He learned.
He listened.

He told jokes.
He gave hugs.
He laughed.

Jesus explained to the the people, “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.

The Pharisees objected, ‘All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.‘” 1

I couldn’t agree more.
Not with Jesus.
With the Pharisees.

Dec 3

What Shapes Your Life?

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

For months my son Josh would invite me to join him at the gym he works out at.  Sometimes I went, sometimes I didn’t.

More often than not I had an excuse not to; I was too tired or busy (or lazy).

When I was young and fit, fitness seemed to take so much less work.

Energy-Shaped Life

When I was “little” I was full of energy.  I’d play all day only stopping when I had to go back home.

I’d annoy my parents by getting up too early.

Nov 18

Wild Grace by Max Lucado and James Lund

Posted on Sunday, November 18, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

The text of Wild Grace was adapted from Max Lucado’s book Grace. Gray boxes behind the text indicate places where new words and stories were added by James Lund specifically for our teen readers. 

If you read my review of Grace you know I enjoyed it.  I was interested in finding out how Lund adapted Lucado’s book for teens.

I Liked

Lund expands on Lucado adding, “One dictionary definition of “grace” is “unmerited divine assistance.” Sounds simple enough— God giving us something we don’t deserve. But do we really get grace? And even if we do, does it have anything to do with our lives?”

Nov 17

Grace by Max Lucado

Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Reviews, Spiritual, Values

I follow Max Lucado on Twitter. 

When I read tweets like these I began to be excited to read his most recent book Grace.


“To discover grace is to discover God’s utter devotion to you, his stubborn resolve to give you a cleansing, healing love”

“Your identity is not in possessions, talents or accomplishments. Nor are you defined by divorce, debt or dumb choices.”

“Mercy pardons us. Grace empowers us.”

I love what I read in the tweets.
I assumed that they were quotes.
I assumed wrong.

Despite that, I love the book.

Aug 10

Granddads & Grace

Posted on Friday, August 10, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I drove to see my parents this week.  While visiting them I attended a bible study that my father attends.  Among the participants were four retired pastors and several other grandfatherly men. 

Five things were clear as I spent the morning reading, listening, talking and eating with these men:

- They are men with the same feelings as the young men I’ve worked with, just different life experiences.

- They felt safe and were willing to share their knowledge, wisdom, pains and sorrows. 

- You would never know who the three pastors were.  There was not one trace of “I know more than you do.”