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May 2

You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) by Josh Groban

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

heartlabyrinthReader JenniferMacLeod[~= @JenMacAtlGA82 recommended that Josh Groban’s “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” be included in this series.

I had forgotten about the song, and when I watched the video I fought back tears.

Watch You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) here. (Lyrics below)

I cannot begin to tell you how accurately this song describes what I have experienced at TreeHouse since 1989.
– Teens lost, lonely, and screaming-longingly to feel heard.
– Parents seeking, searching, and silently-longing to be encouraged.
– Friends hoping, hurting, and helping their friends limp along.
– Youth ministers, teachers, counselors, politicians and police officers looking for solutions.
Every week I see the looks on people’s faces when they feel heard and find hope.

May 1

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual

343653_a_helping_handI love Josh Groban’s song You Raise Me Up
Give it a listen:

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

Apr 30

Believe by Josh Groban

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Being differentRecently 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”.

Apr 29

Human Trafficking and The Prayer by Josh Groban

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Education, Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

The other night my wife, my daughter and I watched the movie “The Help.” As the movie ended the tears continued. My heart was breaking for men, women and children entrenched in overt and covert human trafficking.

I remembered why I pray: Because I am desperate for a power greater than my own to do that which I cannot.

Josh Groban’s song The Prayer is one such prayer. He begins: 1

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know

Apr 25

War At Home by Josh Groban

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

bethesda440_1314305642Josh Groban wrote the song War At Home after one of his visits to the Bethesda Military Hospital. Josh, like many celebrities, visits people hospitalized to offer compassion and encouragement. Josh feels grateful for the sacrifices that our military forces make on behalf of our country. He visits people in the hospital to encourage them.

Josh Groban explains the song’s origin in this version of War At Home.

A fallen brother,
He’s a
A fallen husband,
He’s about to be woken in his hospital bed
Doesn’t want to rest
Just wants to run
And he’s tired of being told that he’s the lucky one

Apr 24

Brave by Josh Groban

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

boston-marathon-mobility-impaired-athlete-competing-his-way-hopkinton-to-massachusetts-usa-april-30448392While watching footage of the recent Boston Marathon, I, like you, felt shock and awe watching brave people run toward the scared and injured. I felt humbled by their bravery. Josh Groban wrote a wonderful song about being brave.

Josh Groban – Brave

Wake up, wake up, the sun cannot wait for long
Reach out, reach out before it fades away
You will find the warmth when you surrender
Smile into the fear and let it play

Apr 23

False Alarms by Josh Groban

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

clock-69184_640Josh Groban’s song False Alarms is about a dating relationship, but the feelings he’s feeling can also apply to other relationships where there have been hurt feelings.

False Alarms

Far across this red horizon
I am walking down the line
I am picking up the pieces
That this storm has left behind

After all the clouds are fallen
I would breach the battered ground
Turn your darkness into light love
Turn your silence into sound

But I can’t cage you in my arms
When my heart is jumping forward
To avoid your false alarms
And you can’t tell me not to stay
When I opened up your window
And I watched you fly away

Apr 22

Josh Groban and TreeHouse

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 in Music, TreeHouse

BloomBe a part of the transformation and make a difference in the lives of area teens at the annual TreeHouse Gala!

Musical Performance by Singer, Songwriter and Actor
Josh Groban

Thursday, May 2, 2013  – SORRY it’s SOLD OUT
Reception, Raffle & Silent Auction will begin at 5:00 p.m.
Doors open for dinner at 6:00 p.m.
The Depot, Minneapolis

A year ago I only knew a few of Josh Groban’s songs other than his Christmas album called Noel. My early take was great voice, beautiful melodies, and, well, a handsome guy. That was several months ago.

Mar 8

Secrets & “As If”

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

shadow_of_a_friendWe’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.