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Learning to See…Perspective Changes Everything

I recently saw a Facebook post about how we will describe this Covid-19 situation in 10, 20, 30 years. One who had been a child during it was interviewing someone who had been an adult during it. The elder said,... Continue Reading →

Books that have me re-thinking how we “do” church…

A few weeks ago I wrote about how searching for the good in our lives can transform our lives (to read that blog, click here). It got me thinking about a book I read and wrote about in 2014. A... Continue Reading →

Hidden Swimsuits & Hard Hearts

I recently read Shawna Wright's recounting of a childhood memory, "The Hidden Swimsuit." As an adult she recognizes the irony and adorableness of the plot, but as a child it was a painful story of flawed intentions and deep disappointment... Have you been hurt by someone's good intentions? Have your well-meaning motives ever back-fired...causing extra work or inflicting pain on someone you meant to encourage? I know both are true for me and this story of Shawna's reminds me of my deep need for forgiveness. It reminds me of my snappy judgments and critical thoughts of others...and my need to extend forgiveness, give second chances, and hear the other person's side of the story--to understand their motives. When I don't do these things I walk a fine line on a slippery slope. If I hold on to the pain and refuse to give, or receive, forgiveness and grace I become bitter and critical. I begin to only see the errors in everyone else. I become judgmental and distrustful. I begin to wall myself off from others...my heart begins to harden...this is a dangerous journey...

Christmas Ponderings

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed. The little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head. The stars in the sky look down where He lay. The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing,... Continue Reading →

Can Giving Thanks Transform Us?

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. For many it's a time to focus on family, feasting, and football...and big floats in a parade 😉 For some it's about preparing for a huge day of shopping for the best deals in... Continue Reading →

How Art Put Out The Fire On My Depression

On July 2, 2019 a Facebook post caught my eye so I inquired further and what you read below is a letter from the artist, Melita, interspersed with pieces of our conversation together about her art, depression, faith, and transformation.... Continue Reading →

Finding Hope Again

A few months ago I connected with a woman named Kristina Risinger to discuss our books: Hope and Healing at Home: Build bridges with your kids and empower them for life with Art & Christian Therapy and Life After Losing... Continue Reading →

Painting with God

In preparation for an art workshop this month (August 23-23, 2019) with Grace Bailey I reread her book, Painting With God, where she talks about her 3-year journey into worship and prophetic painting. Before this journey began, Grace was already... Continue Reading →

A Boy Named Heavy

Recently I was connected with a woman, Kristina Risinger, who wrote a book titled “Life After Losing A Loved One: How to turn grief into hope, strength, and purpose.” After hearing her inspiration for the book I was reminded of a family friend’s journey of grief with her third child. She chronicled the journey online and graciously gave me permission to share her story. It is one of great heartache, love and ultimate victory…

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