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
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
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
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.
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
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
Recently, I spent a week with a senior leader from my team, traveling through Europe. We spent a lot of time in meetings, but also on planes, trains and in taxis, where we talked about more than just work.....and how each of us started working with people living with HIV. He shared a lot about … Continue reading He uses our heartbreak, hurting and pain to create an intimacy with Him where He shows us the world through His eyes. Our hearts learn to break for what breaks His.