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Floating in the Dead Sea – what an Oxymoron

You cannot NOT float in the Dead Sea! The level of salt is so great in the Dead Sea that you can’t NOT float. (I realize that is a double negative, but I am trying to make a point!) Even if you think you cannot float, you absolutely WILL . . .  even if you think you...

What is Guiding You?

Lights will guide you home. What is guiding you? Friends joke with me that I am chronically or habitually late. That isn't something to be proud of and while for a while it seemed like a joking matter, one day someone shared with me that when someone is late it sends...

What does your stumbling stone look like?

At some point, we are all going to fall. At some point in our lives some event, person, death, idea, or relationship is going to enter our lives and we just aren't going to be able to cope with the challenges of those situations with our current skill set. We are...

Nostalgic Amnesia

It’s called “nostalgic amnesia.” It is a state of mind where we experience warm fuzzy feelings about where we’ve been, reminiscences of a past time, and we completely forget how crappy that time was when we were actually, originally experiencing it. It’s a real thing....

What are you doing with the scars?

We’ve all gone through ick in our lives. We’ve had things happen to us and we’ve also done things that cause us to feel separated from God’s love. The question is . . . what to do with it? Do we sit in our pain and allow it to define us? Or do we decide that we are...

Decluttering Our Soul

Did you know that socks can spark joy? Marie Kondo wrote a book in 2014 called, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up and it has sold over 9 million copies. There is even now a popular Netflix show around these principles and people are finding joy in having less . ....

Would you hide your tattoo?

Every time a friend of mine goes home to see her parents she dresses strategically so that she hides her tattoos.  It can be 90 degrees outside but she will wear something that covers the tattoos on her arm so that she doesn’t hear flack from her parents. (Never mind...

Are you clingy?

When we cling too tightly, we lose our way. William Shakespeare once said, “The eyes are windows to the soul.” A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to meet some psychologists from Johns Hopkins who were doing some research with clergy people. I had the opportunity to...

Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind

There is no “pre-cleaning” required. Years ago I went to visit a friend and when I arrived she asked if I would entertain myself for a few minutes while she finished up some last minute tasks before we left. I assured her that was fine so I sat and answered some...

The Greatest Mistake

Sometimes we just need to get out of the way. It wasn’t a pretty scene. There is a phrase, (you can substitute the profane word if you’d like), but it was a Crap Show! Although I try really hard to always consider the feelings of others, sometimes, I’m so selfish. So...