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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...

So Much More Than Fire Insurance

Sometimes a “fear based” theology works. And sometimes it doesn’t. In the 1940s - 2000s a predominant theme in American religious culture was “fire insurance.” People weren’t taught to question and explore scripture but instead trust it wholly as the inerrant,...

It Is All Going to Be OK!

Easy to hear, but do you believe it? Hearing it, believing it, and claiming it are very different things. A few weeks ago I found a file named, “Funeral Services.” I was preparing for the funeral of a Westie, (a personal who calls West his/her faith community home),...

Who Gets the Last Laugh?

It is ok to laugh at bad things. Have you ever been in a situation where it is HIGHLY inappropriate to laugh, yet you find something terribly funny, you start laughing, you try to HOLD IN the laughter, and you can’t? The more you try to hold in the laughter, the worse...

The Non-Perfect Uber Score Surprise

Did you know Uber riders get a score? I had no idea Uber riders had a score. So when I accidentally clicked something and found out I had a score, I was surprised. THEN, I was MORE surprised to learn that my score wasn’t perfect. How can you have a less than perfect...