Amazing Bucket Bear Rescue

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You’ve heard of the ice bucket challenge but have you heard of the bucket bear rescue?   Some brave souls learned about a bear with its head stuck in a bucket and took it upon themselves to find the bear and release it from its misery. I watched mesmerized as the rescuers put their own safety behind the needs of this poor bear who was not smart enough to submit and receive their assistance. They had to chase the bear down first. Many people would have given up at that point. “Oh well, I tried. The bear didn’t want my help.” […]

Whisper: Five-minute Friday

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Whisper.   When I began volunteering in my daughter’s kindergarten class, the teacher said that lowering your voice will have more effect on helping the children listen. They tend to block out a raised voice, but if you whisper, they will quiet down to hear what you’re saying, out of curiosity if nothing else. It’s counter-intuitive to whisper to get your point across. Often it’s the loud voices that get the most attention. The loud voices who get the leadership roles and the whispers go unnoticed. However, in God’s kingdom it’s the still small voice we have to listen for. Only […]

Quitting Thursday: on becoming a mother and marriage

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When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Prize, she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She replied, “Go home and love your family.” (from Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul 2) Welcome to Quitting Thursday, in which I invite you to link up your God-glorifying blog posts. I started the community after reading Bob Goff’s pledge to quit something every Thursday to make room for Jesus. On Tuesday my eldest started high school and now she takes the bus rather than getting a drive. So, I have given up driving my daughter to school and it is strange […]

Ode to September

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A silly ditty for September.   September When Labor Day comes, the CNE ends. The summer is over and school begins. The weather turns cool and leaves turn brown. It’s Fall for a month, then the snow will fall down. A friend in Ohio hosts a BBQ in October. Confused, I reply, “an outdoor party in winter?” Late August here is when it starts to get cold. Yet we ask, “Where’s the summer gone?” It never gets old. September the bridge between scorching heat and Jack Frost. Do I wear shorts or a parka? Help me, I’m lost! September is friendly, mild-mannered, inviting My […]

Reach out: Five-minute Friday

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I’ve read a number of posts lately on reaching out to others. Like you, I’ve reached out many times and sometimes been disappointed. We reach out with enthusiasm and get a lukewarm response. We reach out again and see the proverbial hand in front of our faces.   The ones who reach out to us are not always good for us. We have to reach out a little further with God’s help. After becoming a Christian I had months and months of reaching out over and over again and getting nowhere. I found in the church a lot of lip service given […]

Quitting Thursday Linkup + women pastors

Today’s featured post from last week’s linkup is Truth, Opinions, and Popularity from Counting My Blessings. According to Deb Wolf: Social media is the playground where popularity has become more important than truth.” She adds: “I’m afraid we’ve become kids who believe that popularity is more important than character. That what people think about us defines us. That being part of the “in” crowd guides our choices, or at least our choice of words. As Jesus followers we have to go to the Bible as our source of truth, not the changing tides of culture. That brings me to a topic on my heart this week: women pastors. I […]

Focus on the Family life lessons

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I receive a free magazine from Focus on the Family called Thriving Family. It arrives monthly as an add-on to my daughter’s Clubhouse subscription. Thumbing through the latest edition last night, I experienced more than one a-ha moment and wanted to share with you what I learned. 1. Middle schoolers live in a bubble. That’s why they only hear part of what you say half the time. I can’t count how many times my almost-11-year-old has been surprised by something I’ve already told her 2 or 3 times. “Since when…?” or “Why didn’t you tell me?” is an oft-heard accusation. Her teen […]

Change is easy: not change is hard

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I’ve never understood why people say “change is hard.” I say “not change is hard”. I’ve never had trouble with change. I’m troubled by not change. The first half of my life I spent stifled by people who hate change. The thing about people who resist change is that they will do anything to stay where they are. They will lie, justify and insist on being right so they can not change. That means you who longs for change must be wrong. I remember moving into a big cookie cutter home in a suburban subdivision. A practical decision for a growing […]

Quitting Thursday Linkup: Christians and Depression

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  Today’s featured post from last week’s linkup is “Can Christians be Depressed?” from Essential Thing Devotions. It was difficult to pick only one among the many fine entries. I enjoyed reading and sharing your posts and would like to express my gratitude to each blogger who linked up. Last week saw the internet filled with stories about the death of comedic treasure Robin Williams and how depression kills. Mel’s featured post discusses the topic of depression in Christian circles where it is often considered taboo. The stigma around depression can add to its already isolating and shame-inducing effects. Can Christians expression depression? Does […]

How to keep a prayer journal

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Have you ever felt like your prayers aren’t being answered? “Sometimes it feels like my prayers just hit the ceiling and don’t go anywhere,” is how a mentee described it to me. Feel is the operative word here. God hears our prayers whether we feel as though He does  or not. Prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of a believer. Sometimes our prayers get answered without us noticing, perhaps because some time has passed since the request. Then, we forget to give praise to God for His gift. Anne Graham Lotz gave me the idea of keeping a prayer […]