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Jan 9

Rest?

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, Values

God RestsToday I got almost 8 hrs of sleep for the first time in weeks.

Ash, my co-worker, taught on the value of rest.

My sleep habits and resting habits (or lack thereof) was a topic of conversation when I got home tonight.

Then, I opened one of the resources I use for daily devotions. See photo.

I sent my co-workers and family an email detailing all that.

Then I walked downstairs. My son Josh and his girlfriend are watching a his phone. What’s the video about … sleep habits!  Wow!

Clearly God has a sense of humor!

May 28

While Sitting In A Coffee Shop

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

CoffeeBeansHere are some coffee beans. I’ll miss them.

“While sitting in a coffee shop” won’t be in my vocabulary for a couple of weeks.

For the next few weeks I’m taking my son Josh’s challenge – and joining a couple family and friends – who are assessing their intact.

Portion-size is by-far my biggest problem, but foregoing caffeine is part of the challenge.

May 9

You Can Rest Now

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Untitled-TrueColor-355Last year I read Grace by Max Lucado in which I found some profoundly good news.

Jesus does not say, “Come to me, all you who are perfect and sinless.” Just the opposite. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 NASB).

There is no fine print.

A second shoe is not going to drop.

God’s promise has no hidden language. Let grace happen, for heaven’s sake. No more performing for God, no more clamoring after God. Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them. You have it. Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace.

May 8

Lay ‘Em Down

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in How To, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

stress-28019378I’m on a private retreat – yesterday and today – but I can’t stay alone. 

To tired, weary, worn out people like me and you, Jesus Christ said, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.” 1

It’s a message many of us need to hear.

Yesterday I sent this song to a friend, and today I’m leaving it with the rest of you mysilentscream readers.

Lay ‘Em Down” by Needtobreathe keeps echoing through my mind, so here it is so it will echo through yours too.

Feb 26

Hope For The Wrecks

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

automobile body car crashFar too often when I feel that I am making progress my own propensity for old patterns and choices arises.

Not sure you know what I mean?

Have you had a Snickers instead of salad when you were hoping to eat more healthy?

Were you praying for patience and cursing out other drivers?

Were you still smarting from some ill-timed words when you assumed someone “gave you a look”? Only to find out they meant nothing by it!

Most of us are unwilling to be accountable. Too often we highlight the wrongs of others and dismiss or justify our own.

Feb 1

Lessons from Lachers – Love

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

During our visit with Eric and Jill Lacher we marveled at their love.

Though they have similar hearts and values, they began their relationships with very different strategies for living out those values.

During our visit they shared with us that the wisdom of Emerson Eggerichs has helped them to grow deeper in love and express it more effectively to one another. On their behalf and to our benefit here’s some of what they learned.

How Does a Husband Spell Love to His Wife?

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 20

Take Care Of Your Health

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, How To, Intellectual, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Yesterday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom – Don’t Hold Grudges

The first lesson the wise would teach us is Don’t Hold Grudges

The second lesson I was taught and it was repeated several times by my wise mentors was “take care of your health.”

Take Care Of Your Health

Sep 3

Fully Alive by Ken Davis

Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 in Reviews, Values

Ken Davis unveiled, “I had not been living fully alive for a long time, but I was ready to start. First I had to change some of the attitudes that had sucked the lifeblood from my veins.”

Subtitled “a journey that will change your life”, author Davis challenges us to step up, step in and live life fully alive.

Discovery

Ken Davis’ family was celebrating Christmas at a cozy cabin in the mountains of Colorado. While sledding with his grandchildren Davis had a surreal experience.

“I blazed past my grandchildren…’Grandpa! Wait for me!’ they hollered.

Aug 12

Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge

Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2012 in Education, How To, Intellectual, Reviews, Values

I felt it while watching the Olympics.  You felt it too didn’t you?

Admiration for their courage.
Admiration for their determination.
Admiration for their discipline.
Admiration for their focus.
Admiration for their abs.

Yes, I felt it — jealousy — when I saw their abs.

Did you feel jealous too?

I’m Missing Something

Undoubtedly the recent Olympians experienced much more than the satisfaction of competition win or lose.  For instance, though I took no interest in the rowing competition, but maybe I’m missing something.