Showing posts from March, 2014

Listen With Your Heart

Do you listen with your heart, your head... or both? When others ask you how you're doing, are you honest? Sometimes pasting on a smile with a "positive attitude" is a great cover up. Sometimes behind that smile is a heart that is actually withering away. Or cursing, in conflict, devastated, angry or confused. Sometimes that forced positive can even take the form of denial. It's okay to face the facts- healthy even. It's happened to me several times recently.  I was being honest with someone about how I felt about some hurts inside of me that have impacted me deeply. I didn't go into the gory details, just in general. Well, they asked. But what I experienced from them was interesting. Instead of empathy                      I received "well, at least you....." and "you think that's bad" Instead of compassion                 I received platitudes. Instead of validation                     I heard about how I should try to see it from the other sid…

Just Show Up

All of us have unique gifts and talents.  The Creator is a creative God- just take a look around you.  Even the Bible starts with God as Artist- all of it magnificent.
Since you are created in His image, you have His creativity in you.
And get this...
He wants to flow out through you in a unique way  that He won't through anyone else. 

You have been given this one unique life. You have been asked to show up.
You have been given your hands, you mind, your personality, your insight. You have been given your sense of humor, creative expression, your sense of right or wrong, unique problem solving skills, an ability to love and receive love. 
You may have been given your sick parents, a diagnosis, a disability, a leaky basement, a rusty car, a challenging child, a lonely house, a crabby co-worker or a layoff you didn't expect. 
You have been given a passion for something, perhaps a heart for the homeless, justice for the abused, compassion for the needy or a desire to bring a light to dark p…

A Dog Called Courage

I love dogs.  I grew up with them. They are the best pet in the world. (my opinion- no hate mail please!)
They are so lucky. They prance around living the good life- when to eat, when to go out, when they get to run, where are their toys and when they will get their belly rubbed.

Their only real concern is when they are going to see their Master next. And when they do, they will dance with joy.  They don't worry about stuff like we do... Public speaking, performing, speaking up when it's not popular, facing the unknown, taking a huge risk, asking your boss for a raise, sharing something personal in public, thinking about the future- or the future of someone else, uncomfortable confrontation, regretting the past, thinking about tomorrow, initiating a difficult conversation, taking the first step....

for pete's sake, they don't even make their own breakfast. Life can be full of so much drama. Trouble. Worry. And if your not feeling it now, it's lurking around the corner. Fea…