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Mar 11

Lent?

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Emotional, Music, Relational, Spiritual, Values

CopFlashingLightsI’ve heard police sirens ringing throughout my neighborhood most of the night and into the morning. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’m concerned.

Sirens and flashing lights are intended:
– To get our attention
– To shift our focus
– To warn of fast-moving emergency vehicles
– To notify that there is danger ahead
– That there are delays ahead
– That there are unusual circumstances ahead
– To alert us to a change
– To create an others-awareness

Sirens and flashing lights go off in my head sometimes.

Sirens and Lights

Oct 25

Courage and Faith

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

jesus_in_the_gardenOlympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas came to TreeHouse this week. I enjoyed learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.

Read # 1 Courage To Fly

Read #2 Courageous Sacrifice

Courage and Faith

Where does Gabby’s courage and faith come from?

Watch this video, Gabby’s faith in God drives her decision making. That kind of faith is sacrificial faith.

…since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship.

Oct 24

Courageous Sacrifice

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

Gabbys MomOlympic 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.

Courageous Sacrifice

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.”

Mar 29

Good Friday – Great God

Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

cross-77999_640 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

Feb 8

Friends Add, Subtract, Multiply & Divide

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

My friend and co-worker at TreeHouse LeAndra Williams has a great spin on friendship. So, LeAndra, take it away!

“After many years and different friendships I have come to a place in my life to recognize helpful and hurtful friends. I have had the privilege to experience both.”

Lee, what have you learned?

“The first step to recognize if you have helpful or hurtful friend is to see which category your friend fits in. Friends are usually in one of these categories. A friend is either an Adder, a Subtracter, a Multiplier, or a Divider.”

Let me explain:

Jun 8

Invincible Love

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Love is invincible facing danger and death.
Passion laughs at the terrors of hell.
The fire of love stops at nothing—
it sweeps everything before it.
Flood waters can’t drown love,
torrents of rain can’t put it out. 1

My friends Ashley and Jesse are getting married today!

Their relationship is years in the making.

Their infatuation has faded, but they still look at each other so sweetly.
Their infatuation has faded, but they still want to make one another happy.

How can they build on that kind of love?

How can you build on the love you have?

May 21

Never Before…

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 in Education, Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Last year I introduced you to my hero, June Oulund.  Today I’d like to introduce you to two more of my heroes.

We spent the weekend with my college roommate Gerry Andersen and his wife Julie.  Though we haven’t seen each other for almost twenty years, it’s like our relationship was on pause and we took up the conversation instantly.

Where Have They Been?

Gerry and Julie live in a small village in the mountains of Mexico with people who have never had their language in written form.

Apr 22

He Chose the Nails: What God Did To Win Your Heart by Max Lucado

Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

What God Did To Win Your Heart.

It’s a captivating subtitle: What God Did To Win Your Heart.

Lucado’s challenge is to personalize the life and death of Christ.  
Lucado explains that Jesus’ proclamation “I did it just for you.” is his resounding, enduring and personalized message.

Lucado makes the case that the trial, judgment, and execution was not happenstance.  “Knowing his last deeds would be forever pondered, don’t you think he chose them carefully? Deliberately? Of course he did. There were no accidents that day.”

Proclaiming to the end, “I did it for you. I did it all for you.”

Apr 6

Good Friday – I Wanna Know What Love Is

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Ask most any child, teen, adult or senior citizen, “What is love?” and their answers will vary. They might not vary so much in the quaity of their experience, but the quantity of their experiences.

Sure, love involves feelings — romanticized by music, literature, and other media, but it’s also so much more.

We all yearn to create and — when we feel like we’re losing it — recreate the “love” what we feel we have lost.

Why do marriage fall apart?
Why do dating relationships between people who “love” one another fail?

They feel like the “love” is lost.

Feb 24

Overwhelmed

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values

When I have allowed God to come close, as close as I have so far, it can feel overwhelming. I forced back tears just now thinking of how special I felt. At the same time, I know that I willfully and consciously pushed God back because it felt so…overwhelming, that I felt like I couldn’t house God’s love inside of me.

I was on a trip with a group of TreeHouse teens.  I was praying.