When our faith gets tested, we have the chance to grow.  God guides us to uncomfortable places because He knows most of us are too afraid to seek them out ourselves.

Not too long ago I was encouraged by a leader in my church to share my 'sufferings' with the people I do life with so that they see that [my] faith is attainable. At first, I was irritated that he would think that I would hide my own suffering. [and to be honest, it felt … Continue reading When our faith gets tested, we have the chance to grow.  God guides us to uncomfortable places because He knows most of us are too afraid to seek them out ourselves.

Growing in God’s Word

These three.  They crack me up.  And so does this photo. It took them a while to get to this place....where they would all hang out together, play and just well, act silly.  Bevo, Mia and my Brisket spent pretty much all summer together at Bevo's house while Mia's mom took care of them.  At … Continue reading Growing in God’s Word

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

Impact of stable caring adult: Help a child develop resilience, confidence and problem solving techniques

The past two months, I've been working on a new business venture. It has COMPLETELY consumed my life.  And pretty much the lives of all of 'my people'. Especially my dad. That new business venture?  AirBnB.  Yep, I jumped on the bandwagon. Bought a house in the cutest little neighborhood a mile from uptown and … Continue reading Impact of stable caring adult: Help a child develop resilience, confidence and problem solving techniques

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

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.