Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Millions of shoppers drive recklessly, hunt hopefully, relate rudely, and waiting impatiently. For shoppers, shop-owners and employees alike Black Friday is day we need recovery.
3 Black Friday Recovery Tips
Black Friday Recovery Tip #1 – Stop: Stop believing a gift will make you more lovable. Stop hoping. Stop trying. You are always a lovable person. Our Creator knows what we truly need, all efforts to define ourself that exclude our Creator are doomed to fail. Stop.
Dan Adler’s song All I Need is You is a wonderful reminder of what’s really going to bring us hope and satisfaction in life.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
in Relational, Reviews, Spiritual, Values
If I see a movie in a theater, I almost never pay full price. Last night was different. Last night was special. We saw the Day of the Doctor.
I started watching the BBC program Doctor Who during the 1970s. I sat with a couple of friends more than thirty years ago watching my first Doctor Who episodes.
Last night I sat with those same old friends watching another “old friend.”
The Doctor traveled in his TARDIS. He used his favorite tool the Sonic Screwdriver. He faced his adversaries the Daleks and their fearsome threat, “Ex-ter-min-ate.” And as the audience expected, The Doctor saved the day with morality, wisdom and cleverness.
Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values
Former Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus #51 was arguably the most intimidating player to ever play football. Other players admitted that they were flat-out frightened of him.
Besides being a ferocious and determined player, Butkus was an intelligent player. He had great vision, instincts, and effort, but he also studied game film – long before it was common – so that he knew what the opposition was likely to do on offense. At the snap of the ball, Butkus seemed to fly to wherever the play was headed. He played every game as though it were his last… 1
Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is coming to TreeHouse today!
I’m enjoying learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.
Who is one of your favorite superheroes, and why? Why do we like stories about superheroes so much?
Many of us admire heroes for the sacrifices that they make for other people.
Watch this video. We admire Gabby for the sacrifices that she has made to achieve her gymnastics goals.
Gabby said, “Life is not easy you have to fight and not quit. I’m gonna fight for my dream.”
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
I grew up in Chicago.
There are many great sites in Chicago, but one of my favorite has always been “Buckingham Fountain.”
Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world.
Located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway in Grant Park, the fountain “runs from 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, typically from April to mid-October, depending on weather. Times are subject to change when large events take place in or around Grant Park.”
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 Wednesday, May 22, 2013
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Today, at TreeHouse, is our All-Staff Fiscal Year-End Celebration. Today’s event is our annual review and celebration of what God – through people – has been doing at TreeHouse in the past fiscal year. We’ll enjoy lunch, have fun together and sing celebration songs.
Today will also be the announcement of our “Persons of Hope” award winners.
Each year, staff submit their votes for awards are given to recognize TreeHouse employees for their excellence in what they do. As our Executive Director Becky Walker explained, “we know that some go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ each and every day and we want to acknowledge those efforts!”
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”?
Reader 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.