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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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

When You Start Something

Have you ever heard the adage, “When you start something you need to finish it?” There is a joke about this. See what you think . . . “A Dr. on TV said to have inner peace we should always finish things we start and we all could use more calm ...

Eyeing It or Compelled to Go?

Are you willing to be driven into the wilderness? When we went to the Holy Land in January one of the things I looked forward to sharing with our group the most was the “wilderness.” It was where Jesus was driven by the Holy Spirit after ...

Dreams: From Lifeless to Living

Dreams are fascinating. They reveal to us our subconscious . . . and while I’m not an analyzer of dreams, I do think many (maybe not all) can be revealing if we meditate and pray about their meaning. Warning - the following might not make ...

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