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
I have a hard time saying "no" to things. I'm a fixer.... of people and processes. And, I'm pretty resilient through that process of fixing (see previous post). [or at least, I think I am] But I can get worn out..... most of which happens because I've let someone or something push through my boundaries. … Continue reading Boundaries are important. Even God has boundaries.
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.
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.
A few weeks ago, I found myself experiencing the life of extreme poverty and the life of extreme affluence in Charlotte... in just a matter of hours. 12 hours to be exact. From 7pm on a Wednesday night to 7am on a Thursday morning. I felt like I was living in two different cities. But … Continue reading Living between two Charlottes.
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.