We’re examining the power of secrets this week. If you missed the first few, here they are: Hidden Away, Our Hiding and Secrets & Hiding.
Let’s admit two things:
1. I hide my secrets
2. You hide your secrets
While we might protect our secrets for good reasons, sometimes we don’t. Not only that, but sometimes our secrets are the very thing that holds us back from making hope-filled, positive decisions in life.
We stay “stuck.” Stuck in place. Stuck and not making positive changes in our lives.
If you’re like me when I want to get to my destination delays annoy me.
I feel embarrassed how often I’ve heartlessly passed wrecks on the road and felt annoyed.
People had their lives altered, perhaps injured or worse, and I’m just glad I can move on with my day.
God challenges us to “be kind and merciful to one another.” 1
God challenges me to be less self-centered!
Wrecks On Our Road
We might not have a chance to stop for a motorist, but will we stop to listen?
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Far 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.
I had some shame stirring as I woke up: rude to my wife, messy with my stuff, snoring, gingivitis, etc. God knows I can digress if I sit in my junk for long.
When I do, I felt like a wreck. I know some of you have felt the same way:
I’m not even strong enough for myself
I’m falling to pieces
Honestly don’t care about anything anymore
Can’t go on living like this
I need someone to listen. No one can help me.
Fortunately, God is listening.
On the way to work in the back of my mind was playing:
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).
Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values
It’s Valentines Day week and I have news for you: If you’re single and not dating there is nothing, nothing, nothing wrong with you!
Stop feeling defective.
Stop feeling incomplete.
Stop feeling not-good-enough.
You were created, born, and are now and always, lovable, capable and worthwhile.
This week I want to bless you and remind of of those realities.
I also want to give you – dating or not – some FREE fun ideas to share with a friend or friends.
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.
I wrote my first Spoken Word poem today.
Some would say, “I wish he would crush me.
I wish he would reach out his hand and kill me…
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me…my cry to him reached his ears…
He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock…
Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013
in Emotional, Reviews, Spiritual, Values
Author Kay Arthur explains to her readers, “We dare not go into battle unprepared!”
Throughout As Silver Refined, Kay Arthur challenges readers to prepare for life inevitable challenges.
“I WAS A FAILURE. I was convinced of it. I had failed God, and there was nothing I could do about it. I was impotent to change my circumstances. Disappointment overwhelmed me.” That kind of humility makes this book very approachable. I wish that there were more heart-connecting stories.
The author understand people and our circumstances: “The downward spiral begins…with disappointment. Disappointment comes when our expectations aren’t met. Consequently we’re not happy about it — we’re disturbed.
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?