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Apr 9

Pray for Punka

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

ShannonMysilentscream is here for you most days. Today #mysilentscream is for YOU to help me.

Today my daughter leaves for the Philippines. By the time many of you read this Shannon will be half a planet away.  I’m blessed, thrilled and a little jealous of her. I’m also Shannon’s (“Punka’s”) anxious, unsettled, and already-lonely-for-her dad.

If you’re a praying person please pray for Shannon, her colleagues and her parents who were both just teary-eyed in the living room.

I’ll let Shannon explain more via her supportshannon.com website.

Hello my name is Shannon Volltrauer.

Dec 1

The Blessed Church by Robert Morris

Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

In The Blessed Church, subtitled “The Simple Secret to Growing the Church You Love”, Pastor Robert Morris commends readers to believe a healthy church is possible.

Morris provides practical wisdom he has learned throughout his ministry years, particularly principles and practices from his time serving with Gateway Church.

Vision

“Without a doubt, my vision for Gateway Church crystallized, expanded, and deepened over the years, but from the very beginning there were three key things I was determined that, with God’s grace and supernatural empowerment, we would do as a church. The following were the central goals of my vision:

Nov 30

Become A Helpful Mentor

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Last Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:

1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
4. Greed Gains Momentum

5. Gratitude Leads To Contentment
6. Contentment Leads To Generosity
7. Everyone Splashes. Splash Blessings.
8. Find A Mentor
9. Why Become A Mentor?

Nov 29

Why Become A Mentor?

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Last Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:

1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
4. Greed Gains Momentum

5. Gratitude Leads To Contentment
6. Contentment Leads To Generosity
7. Everyone Splashes. Splash Blessings.
8. Find A Mentor

“Why did you decide to become a mentor?”

Nov 28

Find A Mentor

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Last Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom, including:

1. Don’t Hold Grudges
2. Take Care Of Your Health.
3. Compassion Makes Sense and Giving Is Better Than Taking
4. Greed Gains Momentum

5. Gratitude Leads To Contentment
6. Contentment Leads To Generosity
7. Everyone Splashes. Splash Blessings.

A Mentor

Find a mentor for life who will help you think through important life decisions.

Aug 27

How To Make Your School Year Easier

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 in Education, How To, Intellectual, Values

On behalf of my son Josh, and all students starting school this week and next, allow me to remind you of these excellent suggestions:

Ask questions, it will help you in the long run. 

Be yourself, you will be more popular that way.

Check for toilet paper when you enter the stall.

Don’t procrastinate; there won’t be time later.

Get good sleep, each night, it makes school easier.

If you fall asleep in class, expect your teacher to embarrass you.

Jul 18

Shannon’s Birthday

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I love thunderstorms.  Wait, let me clarify, I love non-threatening thunderstorms.  So much so, that right now it’s absolutely pouring outside and I’m all excited.

So, that makes my decision easier.  Today is my daughter Shannon’s birthday.  There are many things I can tell you about her, but with this wonderful storm in my eyes, I can barely focus.

I’m going to re-post what I wrote last year on her birthday.  I think it will bless new readers and old readers alike. 

Oh, and thank you Steve Towler for this great picture that you took of Shannon and I at Nate & Manna’s wedding recently!

Jun 24

Our Favorite Sins by Todd Hunter

Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in Reviews

Todd Hunter’s Our Favorite Sins: The Sins We Commit & How You Can Quit

Diving into Hunter’s book gives us freedom to acknowledge our struggles

“Beating temptation requires struggle because it always involves sorting out rightly ordered desires for good and godly things from our disordered desires for wrong things. We often experience these disordered desires as our most powerful and deeply rooted desires. Uprooting disordered desires involves personal, psychological, and spiritual suffering.”

struggles that don’t come easy and temptations that don’t fall willingly

Aug 10

Don’t Fake It. Face It!

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Emotional, Intellectual, Values

Science was usually my favorite class.   My junior high science teacher — Mr. Eck — enjoyed teaching, loved science and liked teenagers.  Which makes the following story so frustrating.

L.A.Z.Y.

While some teens face the challenges of A.D.D., A.D.H.D., O.C.D., or O.D.D, I did not.  I didn’t have any of those. I had L.A.Z.Y.  I was lazy and I was good at it.

One morning I began waking up as the sun peaked through my bedroom window.  As I began to stir a question began to form in my still groggy mind.  “What day is it?”

Aug 8

Savers, Throwers & “I Need That!”

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2011 in Emotional, Financial, How To, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Values

I am the grandson of a depression survivor.  My maternal grandfather Ray Brausam was frugal man.  I admire how he found ways to save money. 

One of the ways he saved money was finding uses for things other people discarded.  He sold cans and newspapers to recyclers to earn extra cash.   My dad later helped me to do the same thing.

By Nature I Am A “Saver”

I am no where near as frugal as my grandfather, nor as smart as my dad, but I did manage to take the saving strategy to an extreme in the wrong direction.