step outside your comfort zone.

Some of you know I serve as a career coach. Just last week I found myself in a Panera Bread working with one of my current students on their resume. This particular location is extremely thin on power outlets, so while working on battery power, we pretty much stalked every person at every table near … Continue reading step outside your comfort zone.

#IreadthereforeIquote: Brother Lawrence ~ on forgetting God

the quote: “That when he had failed in his duty, he only confessed his fault, saying to GOD, I shall never do otherwise, if You leave me to myself; it is You who must hinder my falling, and mend what is amiss. That after this, he gave himself no further uneasiness about it. from The … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Brother Lawrence ~ on forgetting God

#IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God.

the quote: “One bold message in the Book of Job is that you can say anything to God. Throw at him your grief, your anger, your doubt, your bitterness, your betrayal, your disappointment He can absorb them all. As often as not, spiritual giants of the Bible are shown contending with God. They prefer to … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God.

speak life.

When PinkGirl and I go to Disney, we often pray and look for opportunities to "speak life" to the people God places in our path. I wish I could say "always" instead of "often" but I can't. Sometimes we forget. Sometimes we are obliviously self-involved. But not today. I posted this on facebook last night: … Continue reading speak life.

“Not by Might. Not by Power. But by My Spirit” says the Lord

In my previous blog post, practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum), I talked about practicing the presence of God by pretending Jesus was physically present with me everywhere I went. I confessed that, despite my sincere intentions to be aware of God's presence with me throughout my days and my moments, I … Continue reading “Not by Might. Not by Power. But by My Spirit” says the Lord

never underestimate the influence of little things.

I had a horrible, horrible dream a few weeks ago. horrible. In this dream, my daughter was being stalked. And NOTHING we did could stop the stalker. If you've read my blog before or follow me on facebook, you already know my daughter LOVES people. Genuinely, empathetically, compassionately, passionately loves people. She gets a high … Continue reading never underestimate the influence of little things.

say what you mean, but don’t be mean when you say it.

I've been saying that for years. To my kids, to students and to myself, whenever the situation calls for it. It's one of my idioms. This afternoon, I read an article about a controversial subject in which the writer gave the distinct impression that anyone who doesn't agree with them is ignorant. Not ignorant in … Continue reading say what you mean, but don’t be mean when you say it.

giving grace.

Both my daughter and my son are having a full and stress filled week. A VERY full and stress filled week. Sleep is going to come at a premium. It's "tech week" for a show PinkGirl is teching. She's not performing in this show. She's one of the people wearing all black who works behind … Continue reading giving grace.

whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.

Sunday evening. Easter Sunday. I was sitting at the kitchen table, focused on my laptop. PinkGirl came over and turned my chair sideways so she could curl up on my lap and lay her head on my shoulder. "Mom? How can I find joy in God?" wow. 13 years old. Immediately, I prayed. "Lord, is … Continue reading whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.

“churched”

The other day, someone asked me if my kids grew up "churched." The pause before my reply was noticeably long. I was thinking. What does that mean? I realize my personal background and filters contribute to my way of thinking, but no definition I could come up with made it seem like growing up "churched" … Continue reading “churched”