Tag: fear

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.29.2020

You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6:36 Recently I explored the truth that as children of God, we are all being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Our heavenly Father wants us to think, act, respond like Jesus. Compassion is one more way we should look like Jesus. Jesus spoke …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.28.2020

Questions – they are kind of a big deal. Willingness to ask is a precursor to receiving. Jesus said it this way… “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.27.2020

A wise old owl sat in an oak, The more he heard, the less he spoke; The less he spoke, the more he heard; Why aren’t we all like that wise old bird? According to this old saying, wisdom is gained through silence and observation. Did the wisdom initiate the silent observation or did the silent observation give …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.26.2020

The rails to trails is a great use of unused tracks and an excellent resource for communities. Today we walked a portion of our local trail and it was busy with both bike and walking traffic. Not everyone is a fan of the trails. For some, it means a public trail through the middle of …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.25.2020

Sunday was a beautiful day in northern Indiana; the first really nice day this spring. So, we went for a bike ride. Just as in many other places, our community has turned old railroad tracks into trails so a person can ride for miles on paved trails through woodland, farmland and open meadows. The roads …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.24.2020

Songs sometimes summarize in the best way what I am feeling or wanting to say in the moment. In this moment, I want you to know that you are fully accepted, deeply loved and eternally chosen to be a child of the King. From this place of knowing, you can be everything you were meant …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.22.2020

Learning to care for myself has been a difficult task. I want to avoid self-centered habits. After all, the universe does not revolve around my belly button, no matter how much I might believe the opposite. It seems there is a fine line between boundaries and self-care and self-obsessed living. How do I make the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 02.20.20

Fear motivates me to all kinds of dysfunctional behaviors. When I feel unsafe, I switch into self-preservation mode. It is a natural instinct to protect oneself from harm or destruction. I even see it in my 4 month old granddaughter. When she perceives she is under attack, her eyes flutter, she pulls her head away …

AND IN THE BEGINNING…

In the beginning, God created. He created a perfect earth where humans would dwell, living in perfect harmony with God, others, the earth and self. And then came the serpent. He asked questions, distorted the truth, causing Adam and Eve to doubt God’s goodness, love, and intention for them. They accepted the lie, believed it …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 05.18.2020

We are a “self” consumed society. Opening the Google search bar and typing in “self,” resulted in all kinds of interesting options. Self-efficacy, self-actualization, self-esteem, self-sufficient…all focused on understanding our self. There are books, conferences, studies devoted to understanding our true self, exposing the false self, living from a place of integrity. All of these …