Category Archives: Inspiration

First love

Musing on the familiar passage (below) in the New Testament book of Revelation brought to mind my own “first love” in my early teens. I thought of summer nights with my sweetheart when breezes scented with the heady aromas of … Continue reading

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It’s time to wake up, Church

[Originally posted in May of last year, but worth repeating.] We read in the Book of Acts how the Apostle Paul, knowing he was leaving Troas the next day, and wanting to teach these new followers all he could before … Continue reading

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It’s scandalous!

Even before the printing press, it was human nature to prick up our ears to hear the latest misdeeds of others, especially those who seemed to be better off in some way than ourselves. The masses ate up the latest … Continue reading

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High hopes

“It’s so frustrating! I feel so helpless!” my friend lamented. A supervisor where we both worked at the time had made exciting promises of improvements and opportunities in order to recruit my friend’s help, only to let her down, badly. The … Continue reading

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What if everybody does it?

I have a confession to make. For years I’ve admired a particular perennial flower growing in the landscaping beds of a local store. These flowers flourish with little care, thriving in our local conditions, and I’ve looked for them in … Continue reading

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If you can’t say something nice…

Have you ever made a thoughtless comment and wished you could hit the rewind button and pull it back?  Most of us have uttered words better left unspoken at least a time or two. As we read in the Book … Continue reading

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Anticipate joy

I used to spend a lot of time leading workshops, planning trainings, and giving motivational talks.  In all of these there was an emphasis on goal setting, because it is a universally accepted truth that we need to have measurable, … Continue reading

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Adapt, resist, or transform?

I once participated in a webinar of church leaders discussing the need for adaptive change in the organized church.  It was proposed that the only way for the church to thrive in modern culture is to adapt to it. Although … Continue reading

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The terrible, beautiful responsibility of motherhood

Whoever you are, wherever you live, you began your life’s journey nestled within the body of your mother.  From the spark of your conception, your mother’s life was changed, irrevocably. The first changes were merely the invisible effects of her … Continue reading

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Touchy-feely

Everyone is aware of the obesity epidemic in this country, a problem composed of many factors beyond our easily available food and sedentary lifestyles. A common culprit undermining weight-loss efforts is emotional eating.  As a life-long veteran of the battle … Continue reading

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