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Concussion Writing

Recently I had a snowboarding accident, landed on my head and got a concussion, despite wearing a helmet.  Clearly, this is not a pleasant experience and the recovery feels slow, to this fairly impatient person ๐Ÿ™‚

Writing with a concussion is an interesting experience.  I find that my thinking is slower than normal and sometimes it feels like my writing is murky.  So here’s my solution:  Heavenly Help ๐Ÿ™‚

Truth be known, in some ways this concussion experience has helped me lean into the Holy Spirit like I’ve never done before and the results are super encouraging!  For example, last night, I attended a school function with one of my kids where I’d normally be super insecure and awkward.  Instead, last night I felt lots of strength and confidence from the Holy Spirit and left the event not only relieved but also very pleased and secure in the Holy Spirit’s very practical help and strength.  This whole concussion thing can really help me grow deeper in my relationship with the Helper and that, my friends, is the best thing in the world!

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Working through Conflict

Do you ever struggle with getting good results from conflicts? ย Know anyone with this challenge? ย Check out some stuff that could help ๐Ÿ™‚
Let me be the first to say that I’m writing this blog about resolving conflicts not from a place of success nor superiority.ย ย Rather, I’m writing this out of a long & deplorable list of failures I’ve experienced from unsuccessfully trying to resolve conflicts constructively. My failures that I list below may help you & I’ll bet you could add some wisdom on this topic with a comment after you read some of my shortfalls below:
  • Forgiveness isn’t optional – it’s part of the package no matter how the conflict turns out. Forgiveness keeps your heart healthy & functional
  • Motives – if you come to a conflict with hurtful motives (I’m going to pay them back, I’m going to teach them a lesson, . . . . ), then you’re not really serious about resolving the conflict. Instead you’re merely perpetuating your intransigence
  • Accusations & words like “always” & “never” contribute to escalating rather than diffusing the conflict
  • Disrespect doesn’t help but rather hinders any resolution
  • Seek to understand before being understood – thanks Stephen Covey for this helpful wisdom!
  • Emotions are important but they cannot be allowed to control the conversation if the conflict is going to be resolved
  • Be responsible for your garbage – thinking that conflict is entirely the other person’s fault is foolish
  • Define the real issue & work on that before going off on tangents or tirades
  • Finish the conflict with assessment, “Are you comfortable with the outcome of this discussion?ย ย Do you feel like I understand your concerns?ย ย Could I have talked through this better & how?”
  • Seasons & Reasons – Joyce Meyer says that God puts relationships into our lives for a season, a reason or a lifetime (these are rare); consider that relationships go through seasons & purposes so stay flexible to allow God to redefine a relationship (deeper, less close, more shallow, etc).
We all have conflicts in our relationships. Let’s ask The Helper to help us grow & improve our communication & conflict resolution skills ๐Ÿ™‚
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Politicians, Elections & Voting

I’ve been watching the political situation in America & clearly there are some conflicting opinions, beliefs & methods. It seems that our our country is sharply divided & there’s more than enough hostility in this election year.

As a follower of Jesus, it’s disappointing to see so many believers put such faith & focus on politics. 
From my perspective, there are some important axioms to keep in mind for each of us who desire to follow Jesus:

  • Politics has never changed the human heart – at its best, it’s a bandaid for the sinful human condition 
  • Let’s be sure our behavior & words match our faith in Jesus otherwise we run the risk of becoming hypocrites
  • Pray – 1Tim 2:1-3 tells us to pray for those who are in authority. Let’s pray more than we worry or complain

Election seasons don’t exempt us from being faith-filled & faithful to Christ ๐Ÿ™‚

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Concussion

Recently, I was snowboarding, fell & got a concussion. Needless to say, this isn’t in my top five exciting experiences. Recovering from a concussion requires rest, again not in my top five exciting experiences. Furthermore, I’m not supposed to concentrate for long amounts of time, again not in my top five exciting experiences. So I’d rate the concussion thing at a 2 because there’s a little up side with people being more patient & kind, generally. All that being said, I wouldn’t recommend this adventure. 
But here are some things I’m learning from God that might help you as well:

  • Being still & quiet can be a massive opportunity to experience supernatural peace
  • Being strong & independent doesn’t help us to be close to people or God
  • God is big enough to handle stuff that can feel overwhelming
  • I can trust the Holy Spirit to take better care of things than when I try on my own

Have a really excellent weekend & don’t forget to grab your copy of Heavenly Help!

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Concussion

Recently, I was snowboarding, fell & got a concussion. Needless to say, this isn’t in my top five exciting experiences. Recovering from a concussion requires rest, again not in my top five exciting experiences. Furthermore, I’m not supposed to concentrate for long amounts of time, again not in my top five exciting experiences. So I’d rate the concussion thing at a 2 because there’s a little up side with people being more patient & kind, generally. All that being said, I wouldn’t recommend this adventure. 
But here are some things I’m learning from God that might help you as well:

  • Being still & quiet can be a massive opportunity to experience supernatural peace
  • Being strong & independent doesn’t help us to be close to people or God
  • God is big enough to handle stuff that can feel overwhelming
  • I can trust the Holy Spirit to take better care of things than when I try on my own

Have a really excellent weekend & don’t forget to grab your copy of Heavenly Help!

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What Do You Like?

We are well into April & I was thinking this morning about things I like & stuff for which I’m grateful. It’s important to be grateful because this is how we enter God’s presence, according to Ps 100:4. So let’s practice being thankful together ๐Ÿ™‚
Here are some things for which I’m thankful:

active children, clean water, phenomenal friends, a supportive husband, a drivable car and more than anything, God’s love for me. 

Your turn:

  • What is something good that has happened today?
  • Think of something nice someone has said to you in the last week
  • What is something better this year in comparison to last year?
  • What is something wonderfully unique about you – a talent or ability?

Let’s be grateful in April & not just at Thanksgiving ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Path to Pentecost: Failure

Regardless of our best intentions, all of us fail.  The most encouraging example for me with failure is when I think about Jesus’ disciple, Peter.  I think he majorly failed when he betrayed Jesus & it seems to me that he was more than disappointed with himself with this failure (Luke 22:61-62).

In sharp contrast to Peter’s failure with betraying Jesus, a little more than six weeks after this downfall, Peter is the lead promoter to stand in front of thousands of people on the Day of Pentecost to be Jesus’ lead frontman.  This is quite the reversal in Peter’s life and this encourages us that

no failure that we’ve experienced can exceed Jesus’ power to redeem.

 So rather than hide or run from our failures, let’s sit at Jesus’ feet, be transparent and vulnerable, and yield to the Holy Spirit pouring love into our hearts (Rom 5:5), for redeeming each shortfall to lift up Jesus better than we could without that failure ๐Ÿ™‚

Dont’ forget to grab your copy of Heavenly Help & be sure to write a review on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles & Goodreads!

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Loving to Learn!

One of the things I greatly admire about my mom is that she is continually learning & her learning isn’t limited to just small pockets of interest. She’s recently started using emojis in her text messages & she’s more than excited about using periscope in her latest social media adventure. Learning is a BLAST, particularly when you have a good teacher – my first major at college was physics because my high school physics teacher was so amazing! Having a good teacher is half the battle in getting to enjoy learning & Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher. Truth be known, there’s no one in our lives who can teach us better than the Helper. 
The other half of learning is the determination to be a good learner. You can have the best teacher on the world & learn virtually nothing if you decide not to learn or grow, full stop. 
So let’s decide to be awesome learners! Here are a few suggestions about how to be a good learner:

  • Be flexible – decide to learn regardless of the “classroom” or the lesson ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Don’t let shame or discouragement color your learning
  • Buy my book, Heavenly Help, and learn about the Holy Spirit, your Teacher, Comforter & Helper ๐Ÿ™‚

   

 

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One of the things I greatly admire about my mom is that she is continually learning & her learning isn’t limited to just small pockets of interest. She’s recently started using emojis in her text messages & she’s more than excited about using periscope in her latest social media adventure. Learning is a BLAST, particularly when you have a good teacher – my first major at college was physics because my high school physics teacher was so amazing! Having a good teacher is half the battle in getting to enjoy learning & Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher. Truth be known, there’s no one in our lives who can teach us better than the Helper. 
The other half of learning is the determination to be a good learner. You can have the best teacher on the world & learn virtually nothing if you decide not to learn or grow, full stop. 
So let’s decide to be awesome learners! Here are a few suggestions about how to be a good learner:

  • Be flexible – decide to learn regardless of the “classroom” or the lesson ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Don’t let shame or discouragement color your learning
  • Buy my book, Heavenly Help, and learn about the Holy Spirit, your Teacher, Comforter & Helper ๐Ÿ™‚

   

 

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See Through

Sometimes it can be difficult to see past the nose in front of our face, because things can be super intense or stressful.  When we go through these seasons, it’s important to remember to “see through.” I’m thinking about this in relation to Joseph in Genesis when he went through all of the difficulties he experienced.  I have no reason to believe that Joseph looked past his difficulties to see something better or more glorious.  For example, when he was in prison, he asked Pharoah’s cupbearer to remember him in prison & help him to get out.  I think this directive from Joseph shows that he didn’t see anything beyond getting out of his immediate circumstance – a normal experience for each of us.

But today, let me encourage you to not only focus on your immediate situations, but to also see through the obstacles & difficulties in front of you to the great things God has in store for you!  Heavenly Help can be super helpful for seeing through various challenges & seeing them from God’s perspective!

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