Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013
A few years ago my wife introduced me to Sarah Young’s writing. In 2004 Thomas Nelson published Jesus Calling.
Jesus Calling is a book of daily inspiration written from the perspective of Jesus Christ speaking to the reader. My wife likes it so much she has given away several copies.
Eventually her enthusiasm led me to download a copy.
I’m not a daily Jesus Calling reader, but I’m almost never disappointed when I take the time to read Sarah’s writing. Today in particular her words challenged me and my sense of humor.
Watch Your Words Diligently
Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
When I was a child I began my love for peanut butter sandwiches.
I at a LOT of peanut butter sandwiches.
Since we didn’t have enough fruit preserves to keep up with my voracious peanut butter sandwich consumption rate, I looked for alternatives.
Peanut Butter and maple syrup was too wet.
Peanut Butter and butter was not sweet enough.
Peanut Butter and apple sauce was yummy.
Peanut Butter and honey was my favorite.
I ate hundreds and hundreds of peanut butter and honey sandwiches. The peanut butter was tasty and nutritious and the light honey coating was just sweet enough to add to the deliciousness.
I spend a lot of time with loud, laughing teenagers. I love their energy. I love their whimsy. I love their willingness to have fun.
Have you ever been in a store, library or restaurant and noticed a group of teens gathered near you who were louder than anyone else?
Maybe they were aware of how loud they were.
Maybe they were not.
I also spend a fair amount of time with “socially awkward” teens. Some are more awkward than others:
– They ask questions at inopportune times:
“Can we go to McDonalds now?”
– They uninhibitedly comment, assess and judge:
“Scott, you’re an xxxhole.”
– They uninhibitedly say what most people would not:
“I like (masturbating).”
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Here 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.
Is 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?
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”?
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
While 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
Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
Josh 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.
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
This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters.
Suppose someone has enough to live and sees a brother or sister in need, but does not help. Then God’s love is not living in that person.
My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.
- 1 John 3:16-18, NCV
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Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I watched the debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney last night.
The two participants became contentious.
Maybe they cared deeply about having the most accurate and helpful information.
Maybe they work hard at accuracy and — being right — they wanted to be quoted accurately.
But, I’m saddened to think that they might care more about being elected.
What Would They Sacrifice To Win?
Following the debate I read various perspectives about the debate.
Adam Clymer, writing for the New York Times, began: