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Fully Present to Ourselves

Fully Present to Ourselves

We have to figure out how to be present to ourselves before we can be present to others, including God. Often times in life we can’t figure out why we feel as if we are spinning our wheels when others around us seem to have it all ...
Coming Off Cruise Control

Coming Off Cruise Control

When is the last time you spent a significant amount of time in silence? Total and complete silence. No emails popping up, no text message notifications on your phone. No music or tv in the background. Silence. A silence that allowed you to ...
Fully Present

Fully Present

When we are in relationship with one another it is important to be fully present. When Andrew and Layne were small Scott and I used to think we could “fool them” that we were fully listening and we would try to multi-task throughout their ...
What did you hear?

What did you hear?

Yesterday there was a huge debate over whether or not you heard “Yanny” or “Laurel” as an audio clip of a word was played. For a few minutes three Smiths sat in great debate over who heard what word. Clearly Scott and Layne heard it one-way ...
Living Love

Living Love

How do people know that we love them? So often when we love someone we just assume that the way we demonstrate love clearly communicates our love. However . . . sometimes we find out that we are wrong. Love is active. It is lived, ...
It is about “give and take.”

It is about “give and take.”

If they are mainly one sided, they never work. Sure, at first if one person is putting more effort into the relationship it may not seem to be that big of a deal. However, it's that old adage "standing the test of time" that comes into play. ...
What are you hoping for?

What are you hoping for?

So often when we hope, we are hoping for a specific outcome! I hope I get the promotion. I hope my kids ____________ (fill in the blank!) I hope for good health. I hope for good grades. I hope for a happy family. We conclude the desired ...
What does Love believe?

What does Love believe?

There are times in our lives that we have to face hard truths. Those that we are in a relationship with do not wish to be in a relationship with us. They have betrayed our trust. They no longer return our love. They simply are not the same ...
It is a “Bearing” kind of love!

It is a “Bearing” kind of love!

Anytime we are in a relationship with someone, there is a tendency over time for the initial feelings of affection and love to dwindle. The “routine” of the friendship or intimate relationship sets in and the emotion fades. What is important to ...
Tough Love

Tough Love

Loyal love is tough! It is tough because it remains true in the middle of difficult circumstances. Part of being in healthy relationships with one another is learning to work through our challenges and problems instead of bailing when the ...
Loyalty

Loyalty

Loyalty – A strong feeling of allegiance. Staying true to someone or something even when there are distractions or other things call attention. Strong relationships are marked by loyalty! Surely we all have relationships in our lives where ...
Let’s Take a Walk

Let’s Take a Walk

What if we take a walk? A final walk. A walk in his shadow . . . a walk in his footsteps. What do we see? We follow his walk from Jericho to Jerusalem . . . where once again he warned them what religious piety and being disconnected from God

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