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.

We do what we see modeled.

I LOVE to throw a party. And, I'm pretty good at it. It comes naturally, but it also comes because I've watched my mom do it.  She's a natural hostess. She can think through how many people, location, age, interest, etc. and come up with a menu and event that will knock your socks off. … Continue reading We do what we see modeled.

Social Justice is a Matter of the Heart

Mac's Speed Shop. I love that place. Some of my fondest memories are of being with my family at Mac's when I was home visiting, when I lived overseas. It was and remains our family's 'place'. When my sister is visiting, we go there.  When we just want to hang out, we go there.  I … Continue reading Social Justice is a Matter of the Heart

He does not want us to compare ourselves to others. Period.

In John Ortberg's book, Love Beyond Reason, there is an entire chapter devoted to the danger of envy. He likens it to a cancer.  Envy starts when we begin comparing ourselves to someone else.  We feel discontented or resentful because someone else has 'more' than we do. I've known this cancer. Well. In school. At work. … Continue reading He does not want us to compare ourselves to others. Period.

He uses uncomfortable situations, such as an anxiety-driven sorority rush, to connect us with people that He knows we need.

As a freshman at Carolina (Go Heels!), I was surrounded by friends from high school and new friends in my dorm. My college roommate was (and is) one of my best friends and her boyfriend at the time (now husband) was a senior at Carolina. [side note: their four kids are some of my most … Continue reading He uses uncomfortable situations, such as an anxiety-driven sorority rush, to connect us with people that He knows we need.

He gets what He wants.  We are not powerful enough to mess up His plans for us.

About a year and a half ago, I felt the Lord really putting on my heart that he wanted me to learn more about Him. More than what I was learning in my LifeGroup and at church. And, to do so in a more structured way. But I just kind of tossed it off and … Continue reading He gets what He wants.  We are not powerful enough to mess up His plans for us.