How You Respond

This was my hallway last Wednesday. Broken. Sharp. Treacherous. This was my hallway. It was my son who did this. Sometimes, often really, things break – irreparably. And it takes your breath away … straight away. It took my breath away when my son stormed into the bathroom, frustrated, angry, fed-up for his very own,… read more

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Gratitude

“I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me… read more

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Steps to Jesus

Have you ever wanted to really understand who God is? Or how to follow God deeply and fully? This 100+ year old, newly updated booklet, of only 60 pages, is simple to read, and will show you how to know God. Steps to Jesus Chapters God’s Love Forgiveness Changing Our Lives Acknowledging Our Mistakes Commitment… read more

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Dear God

When, full of promise, faith was fair When chosen, naive Yet of despair and stained garments Yet of broken things unmended And this a chore of gratitude And of foul, joy Of meaning, this purifying fire Of humiliation, hope I have flailed to see I have flailed Like dusk Like twilight Beyond certain Beyond now… read more

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The Decline Of Religion

“It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by: creed, worship by discipline,… read more

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Doing Over Saying

A truly good person is not aware of their goodness, And is therefore good. A foolish person tries to be good, And is therefore not good. A truly good person does nothing, Yet nothing is left undone. A foolish person is always doing, Yet much remains to be done When a truly kind person does… read more

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Counterfeit Passion

“The question is this, can you be committed to the process of what you do, without being emotionally attached to the results of what you do? Meaning that, if you don’t get what you thought you were going to get, can you still be the same individual? What you bring to it is what it… read more

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Choices Have Outcomes

Love has moral entailments. If you can’t understand or agree with that, let me say it another way: in order for relationships to work, it requires ethical accountability. To admit that, is to agree that there is a wrong way to love. And if there is a wrong way, there is a right way… therefore… read more

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Of Winter to Spring

Cold mountain mist wanders through the forest My nostrils crisp with dew and blossom Birds sing of joy and of verdure Green exploding against silver Pink apple trees replete with flowers All feasting in love through beauty Ah, these fleet moments of respite These happy whispers These joys of living Winter gives way to spring… read more

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The Courage to be Happy

“You must choose between your attachments and happiness.” -Adyashanti- What does this mean? To choose between the things you desire and happiness? It means that we must choose between what we expected life to be and what it actually is, in reality. Are we willing to be grateful for what we already have right in… read more

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Goodbye Grandma

At the age of five I would go with my Grandma to this old country church, hidden away in a sleepy hollow called, Cedar Valley. On cold winter days, while Jack Frost was doing his Michael-Angelo’s, I would sit in the back with the old timers, my numb toes burning under the whoosh of the… read more

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Us vs Them

What our enflamed society fails to see, is that, in principle, Liberalism is exactly like Conservativism: Both believe they are standing for the cause of truth. Both live by the same principles of intolerance. Both refuse to learn from perspectives outside of their own worldview. Both are correct at times and both are wrong at… read more

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Rest

Even though Christ gave his life for us, we doubt God’s love because our lives haven’t gone according to plan – our plan. We spurn the guidance of God in favor of our own demands. At the heart of our pride is a wounded-fear that refuses to trust God. Our naive inner-child unwilling to rest;… read more

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Addiction is Based in Trauma not Just Genetics

“Despite all the research on trauma and despite all the studies that show how childhood adversity predisposes a person towards addiction in significant ways, the role of trauma remains largely ignored. Despite the consensus in brain developmental scientific circles that the brain is a social organ that develops through a child’s ongoing interaction with their… read more

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Default Reactions Create Default Results

“Although you may never have even thought about it, your brain has already constructed an internal system for making decisions. This system acts like an invisible force, directing all of your thoughts, actions, and feelings, both good and bad, every moment that you live. It controls how you evaluate everything in your life, and it’s… read more

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