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May 1

Aspire To Reach Higher

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

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Today is the TreeHouse Gala. It’s a celebration of TreeHouse’s 30-year legacy of Love – Hope – Transformation.

This year our Gala theme is “Aspire: It’s Time To Reach Higher.” It’s a wonderful invitation and a challenge. It’s also an indication of the legacy TreeHouse is building on.

Legacy

Here is what we have been learning about the impact of TreeHouse from Wilder Research.

Key findings for our four goals for teens:

98% of TreeHouse teens* report a decrease in at-risk behavior since coming to TreeHouse

May 22

Person of Hope

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Allison HillToday, 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!”

May 16

Grace Transforms

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Ruins_mill_city_museumGod transforms. God heals. God restores. God does so in my life and can do so in yours.

Max Lucado wrote, let grace, let God, “so seep into the crusty cracks of your life that everything softens. Then let it, let him, bubble to the surface, like a spring in the Sahara, in words of kindness and deeds of generosity.”

God will change you, my friend.

Jesus’ death is the means to new life for others…suffering is an avenue for God’s life to transform situations.” 1

May 14

When Grace Happens

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

LonelinessSometimes it’s a challenging to feel safe enough to share our true feelings with others.

We fear the rejection, the judgment of others.

Sharing our feelings helps us.

When we share positive feelings we increase our positive self-regard. When we share our heavy feelings we often decrease the emotional weight we had been carrying alone. Sharing our feelings also helps us to build deeper relationships with people you care about and people who care about you.

In my experience connecting with God has been transformative.

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.

Feb 6

Unconditional Love

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Unconditional love, unfailing love (as the Bible calls it) or “love without strings” as we call it at TreeHouse is a rare & precious commodity.

A commodity that you and I can increase.

To paraphrase Leo Buscaglia, “A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be herself or himself
– to laugh with me, but never at me;
– to cry with me, but never because of me;
– to love life,
– to love yourself,
– to love being loved.
Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.” 1

Oct 4

Wasted Energy

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
~ Epictetus

I’m leaving for a funeral in an hour.  One truth is running through my head:

Life is short.  Use it wisely.

Q – How is life wasted?

A – Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.

Resist the temptation to worry.

Fight down the lie that worry can help.

Don’t worry alone.  Pray for help, and find others to join your journey.

Apr 18

Man Alive by Patrick Morley

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in How To, Reviews, Spiritual, Values

I’ve read and valued Patrick Morley’s book Man In The Mirror.  I found it relevant, poignant and inspirational.  I had not read anything by Patrick Morley in years, but I was anticipating more of the same.

I was not disappointed.

Morley has a great reputation, and based on my experiences he certainly knows what he’s talking about.

Whether I would choose to refer to his “7 Primal Needs” as primal not I did agree with him that they were of import.

Man Alive: Transforming Your 7 Primal Needs into a Powerful Spiritual Life is based on his decades of discipling and mentoring men.

Dec 27

New Year Old Problems

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values

New Year Old Problems

She looked like a model.  She walked like a model; but the look at her eyes was different.

I felt sad when I looked in her eyes. They looked empty.  Dark and vacant, they “felt” empty.  Worse still she felt worthless; like the empty packaging of unwrapped presents.

She felt like trash.  She lived trashy.

Filled with beauty and potential.  When she was born her family had such high hopes. We wanted so much more for her than she was now facing.

What happened?  Where did she go wrong?

Nov 27

Thankfulness Changes Our Hearts

Posted on Saturday, November 27, 2010 in Emotional, How To, Spiritual

I appreciated the insights in the two articles this week by Doug Fields and Matt McGill called How Thankfulness Changes Our Hearts.

Here’s my take on their EIGHT WAYS thankfulness and gratitude can transform our heart from the inside out.

1. THANKFULNESS RE-FOCUSES MY PERSPECTIVE

It’s easy to complain and point out problems, no one ever grumbles their way into a better attitude. Fortunately thankfulness can shift our focus to the blessings we’ve received from God. No matter how bad things get…

2. THANKFULNESS INCREASES MY HUMILITY