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Affirming or Condemning

Andrea, you need to meet this guy and hear what he has to say about West. He stopped me in the gym and told me what West was doing in his life. You need to know that what you do makes a difference.” Words uttered by Gary Heck one afternoon during worship planning. The...

The Lacrosse Ball Dog

Recently I was dog-sitting and the dog loved to roll around on her back on top of a tennis ball. I'd seen this happen in a physical therapy office but not with a dog. I'm doing good to get my dog to break into a quick step, much less run. The thoughts of my dog...

What if we all get a plastic Jesus?

"You really have a plastic Jesus? Isn't that like . . . wrong?" Those were the words uttered by someone visiting my office. Around my bookcases and on my desk are things/pictures given to me by friends and family. Granted, they aren't the stereotypical things you'd...

Taking It In and Letting It Out

In worship on Sunday we finished our final guardrail . . guarding our heart. There are four emotions/things we can "watch for" in order to guard our hearts . . . if we notice these things occurring, if we will identify them, process them, and then let them go we will...

Who You Really Are

Remember the Wizard of Oz? It was this larger than life figure that contained all knowledge . . . it was this booming voice that when it spoke, it struck fear and reverence in all that heard! And being "off to see the wizard" was a really cool, powerful, and...

Not Going Home

Scrolling through social media I noticed many of my clergy friends had put a "frame" on their pic with the words, "Not going home." Underneath the caption were the words, "I support women clergy." Below is an article regarding the controversy (source "religion news")...

I Like Big Buts

"Buts" are familiar. They allow us to stay in our places of unhappiness . . . and they rob us of the life we were created to live. Have you ever thought, "I want to be happy, but . . ." "I want to be happy but my children are going down a path I would not choose for...

Snarky Sarcasm

Sarcasm is one of my love languages. I'd love to say it stems from my wittiness, but the truth is, there is much more to it than that. There are times that I use sarcasm just as a means of communication. Rarely WHEN I use it, am I consciously thinking about the what...

They will ultimately rub off on you!

  Someone once sat in my office explaining that they just didn't think they could continue being friends with someone. "They are such an Eeyore." When they said that, I knew exactly what they meant. Eeyore is a character in "Winnie the Pooh" who is consistently...

Are you ok with who you woke up with?

. . . and eventually you look into the mirror. There. That is who you woke up with. No - not the person beside you in bed (hopefully you DO know and are ok with waking up with him/her!) 🙂 The person I'm referring to is the person in the mirror. You. Are you ok...