Four letter words used to be words which one did not say.
I am not a prude, but I am nostalgic.
I miss the days of movie dialogue when the F-bomb was not thrown in every sentence and repeated over and over. Frankly, I’m shocked to hear people on their cell phones using more expletives than conversation.
It’s not a question of freedom of speech for me. It comes down to manners, laziness and effectiveness.
Language Reflects Manners, Laziness and… Continue reading
Whenever doubts, fears and challenges arise, this singular event has helped me to keep on keeping on. It’s why I know that God is real, because that’s the day that God showed up.
God is the God of Surprises
The date was August 30, 2003. I will always remember that date because that’s when my life changed forever, in an instant.
God is the God of surprises. That’s because God comes to us when we least expect it. Who… Continue reading
Feeling bent out of shape? Our choir director always says, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall bend and not break.”
If you are easily irritated, frustrated, or quick to go on a rant, you may want to stop what you are doing and go meditate. Meditation is much greater than a tool used for relaxation.
Meditation will help you not get bent out of shape by transforming your actions from reacting to responding.
We live in a society that… Continue reading
The Beatles stated it well, “Ah, look at all the lonely people.”
As human beings we will all feel lonely. Our world is filled with people, but we feel disconnected instead of connected.
A Disconnected Society
You click the garage door opener, pull your car in, close the door, then enter your house. You are surrounded by other homes, but don’t know any of your neighbors.
You take the subway. No one smiles. In fact, you make it a point… Continue reading
There is nothing quite like watching your home town sports team win a championship. It can be on a grand scale like the Super Bowl, World Cup or World Series, or your grade school, high school, or college team.
Living in St. Louis, it was so exciting to watch our baseball Cardinals in their 2011 come from behind victory to win the World Series. For weeks the entire city was caught up in the quest. It was exhilarating to cheer… Continue reading
You will know when spiritual awakening happens, because your life will never be the same. God’s wake-up call comes when you are least expecting it. There are no limits to the means. A few examples are:
- Hearing a song
- Reading a book or just a seeing a word
- Being out in nature
- A tough business meeting
- A crisis of some sort
- A dream
- Someone says something to you
My Wake-up Call
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The idea for this blog post came from a conversation with someone that’s purchased several Be Still and Let it Go meditation CDs. We were sharing how much we both loved our church homes. She attends a small church and loves her pastor.
One of his sermons was called – You Put Your Whole Self In but Don’t Take Your Whole Self Out. The title made me laugh as I imagined what was coming.
It was based off… Continue reading
Society conditions us to seek and achieve significant and spectacular goals. Winning a major award, taking a dream vacation, fulfilling a grand bucket list, all translate to significance.
But there are far more insignificant things that happen in our everyday lives. When we are attentive, the insignificant things can take on much greater meaning.
View from a Window
My desk faces our back yard. There is a stone sitting wall under a tree. On a regular basis we have cardinals,… Continue reading
The top three goals or resolutions that people set each year are:
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Live life to the fullest
These are worthy goals that will certainly improve your quality of life. So, why do the majority of people fail each year to accomplish these resolutions?
If you have struggled with your weight, it’s not easy to change habits. Eating less and exercising more seems simple enough, but why you overeat, eat unhealthy food and don’t exercise enough can… Continue reading
May this post help you realize why you don’t want to lose your sense of wonder. A sense of wonder comes easily for children. They haven’t been “de-sensitized” by years of day-to-day living, also known as monotony. They don’t take the world and their surroundings for granted.
I’ll never forget the look on my baby’s face when a gentle spring breeze brushed against his cheeks for the first time. His eyes grew wide then closed as he felt the wonder… Continue reading