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

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

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.

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