Filling the hole in the family structure

There is a HUGE hole in the family structure. Men have disappeared and are not fathering their children. So..... boys aren't being taught to be men, by men.  They are being taught to be men by women.  (And, girls aren't being taught by their fathers to be women.) And, as much as I love women … Continue reading Filling the hole in the family structure

Respond to a child with trauma informed LOVE

At the beginning of the summer, I made plans to take some kiddos to CiCi's Pizza and SkyZone.  I had been promising one of the 9-year old boys that if he was good three Sundays in a row at church that I would take him to CiCi's.  (What is it with that place?  It's just … Continue reading Respond to a child with trauma informed LOVE

Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount

A few years ago I  had the opportunity to travel to Kabul to work with some of the most talented colleagues that I've ever had the honor to work with.  We trained government and private sector leaders on stakeholder mapping and helped them develop an advocacy plan to improve the health of the country.  I had … Continue reading Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount

Infusing the Next Generation with the Hope of Christ

I'm exhausted because well, kids. I took a break from writing because well, kids. My house is a mess because well, kids (and the dog.....oh man, y'all the dog...he pooped on my white shag carpet last night, and then again this morning. YUCK.).  And, y'all.....in case you missed it.....I don't have kids (the poopy dog … Continue reading Infusing the Next Generation with the Hope of Christ

God is on the MOVE, in a big way in Charlotte.

I believe in the power of specific, fervent prayers. God wants us to know what we are asking for and why (and when we don't know, or can't articulate, the Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf). God answers prayer in His way....not our way.  His answers are often, 'no'...'not yet'...'not that way'....and occasionally, 'yes'. And, … Continue reading God is on the MOVE, in a big way in Charlotte.

A real community response has to be co-transformative

Jesus came down to Earth for more than 30 years. He came to live with us and do life with us and leave the Earth, changed Himself. By His model, He calls us to be in relationship with others.  To be changed by our interactions with others.  And, to be steadfast....not expecting change in ourselves … Continue reading A real community response has to be co-transformative

Resilience building keeps us moving forward.

Resilience. Writing that word conjures up quite a few emotions for me. I've been told I have lots of resilience. (Pride and Joy) And, I've been told that I need to "be more resilient". (Anger and Sadness)  That latter comment wasn't so long ago. When I heard it, it stung and I had to walk away … Continue reading Resilience building keeps us moving forward.