Enter Super Heroes

Enter Super Heroes

Summertime Afternoon. Jack and his pal Eden disappear into the game room downstairs and things get dangerously quiet.  But at this moment, I’m so far behind in writing and work that I irresponsibly convince myself that they’re having fun and all is good. Carpe 5 minutes. With no worries about markers on walls or pokey-sharp objects, I keep working.  More time passes. Eventually both kids appear upstairs having fully rummaged through the Halloween box that has expanded over 20 years of culture-seasons and questionable taste.  Jack is a combination Cruella DeVille+Keith Richards+Batman, and Eden is sporting the simpler hybrid of Wolverine+Ironman.  Super heroes of their own making. (Jack will kill me for posting this picture. Even at 7, he has pride.) They...

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Damage is a Direction

Damage is a Direction

Today as I read Dr. Jim Samra’s book, God Told Me I see the direct application of living to listen. I hear a voice that sounds like God on my heart – even today.  First, here’s the excerpt: Love is a tricky concept, easily perverted, so God anchors the definition of love in the cross of Christ.  With the crucifixion of Jesus, God demonstrated what true love looks like. It is not all about warm, fuzzy feelings, but concrete, sacrificial service done in humility, even for one’s enemy.    An example of this kind of cross-shaped love comes from John 3.  John the Baptist’s popularity was waning, while Jesus’s was rising.  John’s disciples inform him of this, expecting that John would do something to reverse this trend.  Instead John says to his...

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Don’t Miss The Miracle

Don’t Miss The Miracle

If you miss the impossible power of the miracle, you won’t see God. Yes, that’s it. This is where I must stay today. I’m now beginning the wonderful new book by our wise pastor Jim Samra. God Told Me is new jam-packed teaching on listening for guidance from God. “He is a better guide for our life than we are.” I know: lots of folks don’t want to give quite that much power to God. They wince when they hear that God controls all things because it feels like humans are insignificant or puppet-like.  We’d rather be The Power. It’s much more comfortable to assume control. We’d rather hold fast to the idea that we are all little gods in control of the energy around us and cling to karmic truth alone and live in harmony with nature. Right....

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Can’t We Be Proud Of Our Children?

Can’t We Be Proud Of Our Children?

C.S. Lewis says: “Pride is spiritual cancer.” Nodding, we all easily grasp the problem of pride (particularly in others). But as a parent, aren’t we justified in aiming our pride at our successful, well-trained children? Even noble? After all, we’ve worked hard to train them in the ways of God and culture. More Lewis: As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. But surely this doesn’t apply to being a proud parent… does it? I propose that being proud of our children, both in our words to them and to others, smuggles in even more dangerous attachment and distraction. To say I am proud of my...

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Vibrating Thresholds

Vibrating Thresholds

I know, weird.  But the idea of vibrating thresholds is once again the best way to describe this time. It’s my new way of thinking about life change that we can sense but can’t see to the other side.  Sometimes it’s merely waiting. But often it’s continuing to heed the insistences on our heart. Walking towards the dream. Steve’s and my world is often filled with the NEXT BIG IDEA. It’s how we roll around here. Brainstorming is in our blood and we travel great tangental rabbit trails of possibilities for businesses, movies, gazebos, retreats, adventures, books, … (wait, gazebos? ya, he wants one). But we’ve also lived long enough (and surrendered repeatedly) and reflected back enough to know the hand of God is exceedingly more thrilling as a way...

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