Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized
Today I’ll be visiting with some special friends. One of the subjects we well undoubtedly discuss is love: Family love. Parental love. Dating love. Romantic love. Marital love. The love for the arts, and love for the artists who create it.
I’m sure we will talk about love.
Tomorrow, my wife, Amy and I will celebrate our 326th month wedding anniversary. We’ll talk about our love.
After all this time you think maybe love would be a breeze, but no.
Selfishness creeps into my heart and mind so easily.
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
It’s freezing cold in Minnesota this week. Many cars lay dead needing a jump-start.
Many of us need a jump-start in our cold heart. My suggestion: Let go of judgments.
“One of the best changes I’ve made to help me be happier,” wrote Leo Babauta, “is learning to see judging other people as a red flag.” Yesterday we highlighted Leo’s insightful post Letting Go of Judging People.
I know I’m imperfect, I’m flawed. I’m a sinner. I have no right to judge anyone, but I still judge others far too often.
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
My friend Lois posted on Facebook, “we slid off the road, over a curb, and got stuck in a snowbank on a sidewalk.”
Here’s the “Good stuff…passengers fine, car fine.” That’s real good news.
With health and safety not an issue Lois continued with what she called “awesome stuff.”
Frigid Temps Gracious Hearts
Once they assessed their circumstances they called their neighbor with a “monster truck.” These are the days everyone wished they knew a neighbor with a monster truck.
Better yet, Monster-truck Neighbor has a good heart. He said he’d “be right over.”
Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
I worked with Cheryl, and Wes is a close friend to our family, but I’d only met Amber (Cheryl’s daughter) a couple times.
When Amber first spoke to me about her relationship with Paul and invited me to officiate their wedding I had a blend of feelings. The list was long and enmeshed, but my feelings could best be summarized with these three questions:
– Do they know what “love” is?
– Do they share the same definition?
– Do they love one another with that love?
Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
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 Uncategorized
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.
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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 Uncategorized
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.
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
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 Uncategorized
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