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.

sarcasm: religious and political poison.

Reading too much on the internet today and keep thinking one thing: Sarcasm is an ineffective persuasive technique. It's condescending, arrogant, divisive and shuts down dialog. It's too often used by people in a manner to indicate that an issue is simple and anyone who doesn't see the simplicity and logic of their side of … Continue reading sarcasm: religious and political poison.

therefore I quote: “violently face to face”

“C.S. Lewis (on reading another author): "He brought me violently face to face with..." from Yours, Jack by C.S. Lewis YES! I LOVE it when that happens! It's why I read dead guys and footnotes when I don't have to. I love it when a writer makes me think. I love it when my beliefs … Continue reading therefore I quote: “violently face to face”

the positive impact of negative feedback.

I've known for a very long time that I'm different. Not "better" different. Because, really, "better" is relative. Better than what? The comparisons are limitless. and I'm thinking at least 50% of them wouldn't be pretty. "Different" can imply too much trouble. too much work. weird. tiresome. exasperating. I don't deny those adjectives. They're not … Continue reading the positive impact of negative feedback.

color.

I've been given some serious what-for. PinkGirl became aware that I said "dammit" in my blog the other day. multiple times. "MOM!" hhhhhhhhhh. I have a 12 year old censor. and she. is. bossy. meanwhile, she thinks it is hilarious to tell me she "shipped her pants." the fact is, I grew up with a … Continue reading color.

F5. How many people like me? F5. How many people like me?

Yesterday I gave something up. I realized it was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. But I didn't give up this "something" for Lent. I haven't observed Lent for decades, for reasons I won't go into right now. When I decided to give up this "something," I knew I wanted to give it up forever. … Continue reading F5. How many people like me? F5. How many people like me?

a good Christian life.

Honored to have had the privilege of delivering this message to a group of women at a Brunch this past Saturday morning. This video will give you a preview of the book I'm writing. If you've got 8 minutes and 27 seconds, check it out.

not more from God, more of God.

[the following is an excerpt from the book I'm writing] Intimate communication with Christ through prayer can be the foundation of everything in your life: every thought you think, every idea that opens your mind, every choice you make. But when we relegate prayer to certain times and places in our lives, we limit that … Continue reading not more from God, more of God.

Lessons from a Whale

The Church Is Full of Hypocrites I have two responses to that: 1. Of course it is and 2. Of Which I am the Greatest For nearly a decade, I’ve volunteered to work my church’s annual Whale of a Sale, a gymnasium sized garage sale. The last two years, I served as its co-chair. Every … Continue reading Lessons from a Whale

48.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV) another year, over. No do-overs. No take-backs. Only lessons to be learned and new choices to be made. Lord, … Continue reading 48.